Detroit: Playwright Horizons announces complete cast

Two-time Tony Award winner John Cullum, Darren Pettie and Sarah Sokolovic complete cast of the New York premiere of Detroit, a new play by Lisa D'Amour. They join the previously-announced Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer.

The play will begin performances on 24 Aug 2012 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater, were it will run through to 7 Oct 2012. It is the first production of Playwrights Horizons 2012/2013 season.

Detroit: Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (David Schwimmer) and Mary (Amy Ryan) 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.

Detroit had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Sep 2010. 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, Bios:

John Cullum (Frank) is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performances in 'Shenandoah' and 'On the Twentieth Century.' He also received Tony nominations for his first starring role on Broadway in 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' and for his more recent roles in 'Urinetown' and' 110 in the Shade.' He last appeared at Playwrights Horizons in the musical 'Wilder.' Television: "Holling" the bartender on "Northern Exposure," "ER," "Mad Men," "30 Rock," "Law & Order," "The Day After," "Touched By an Angel," "Inherit the Wind" (George C. Scott & Jack Lemmon). Film: "The Secret Life of Algernon," "1776," "Sweet Country," "All the Way Home" and "Hawaii."

Darren Pettie (Kenny) has previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in 'This' and 'Spatter Pattern.' On Broadway he has appeared in 'Butley.' Other Off-Broadway credits include: 'The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore' (Roundabout), 'The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays by Harold Pinter' (CSC), 'Hillary,' 'Dedication' or The Stuff of Dreams' (Primary Stages), 'Hobson's Choice' (Atlantic),' Unwrap Your Candy' (The Vineyard) and 'Measure for Measure' (The Public).

Amy Ryan (Mary) returns to Playwrights Horizons for the first time since appearing in 'On the Mountain' in 2005. She made her Broadway debut in 'Uncle Vanya' (Tony nomination) and appeared as 'Stella' in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (Tony nomination). She also starred in Neil LaBute's 'The Distance from Here' in London's West End. On film, for her acclaimed performance in "Gone Baby Gone," she was recognized with Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress, as well as National Board of Review and Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, among others.

David Schwimmer (Ben) is a film, stage and television actor and director. He makes his Playwrights Horizons debut and returns to the New York stage for the first time since his Broadway debut in 'The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.' Schwimmer is well-known to TV audiences for his Emmy-nominated performance as "Ross" on the long-running hit comedy "Friends." Other notable television and film appearances include "Band of Brothers" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Sarah Sokolovic (Sharon) returns to Playwrights Horizons, where she originated the role of 'Betty' in 'The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.'

John CullumDarren PettieSarah Sokolovic

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