Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour, to premiere Off-Broadway

The New York premiere of Lisa D'Amour's comedy Detroit, which was expected to arrive on Broadway, will now premiere Off-Braoadway in the Fall of 2012. The show will open Playwright Horizons 2012/2013 Season, playing at the company's Mainstage in the Fall of 2012.

Detroit had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Sep 2010. Directed by Anne Kauffman, the cast of five featured Kevin Anderson, Laurie Metcalf, Kate Arrington, Ian Barford and Robert Breuler.

The Steppenwolf production opened to mostly excellent reviews: A powerful, funny play that betokens a potentially important new voice. (New York Times); A major new play (Chicago Tribune); Convincing and compelling and tartly funny. (Variety).

The NY premiere will be directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman ('The Thugs' by Adam Bock) in a completely new production, Detroit will be presented at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street) as the first production of the their 2012/2013 season.

Detroit: Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben and Mary welcome into their lives the rootless couple who move in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, the neighborly connection they find threatens to unravel the lives they've built and change them forever.

Casting and additional details for Detroit, as well as five additional productions for Playwright Horizons' 2012/2013 Season, will be announced in the coming months.

Lisa D'Amour

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