DETROIT Extends for Two Weeks; Will Play Through 10/28
Due to popular demand, Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced an extension of its critically-acclaimed, sold-out New York premiere production of DETROIT, the new play by Obie Award winner Lisa D'Amour.
Ms. D'Amour is both a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for this play and a 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award winner for her body of work. Originally set to play a limited engagement through Sunday, October 7, the production has added two additional weeks from Tuesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 28 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). These weeks represent the only extension possible for the production.
"Directed with finesse by Anne Kauffman" (The New York Times, Charles Isherwood) in a completely new production, DETROIT began previews Friday, August 24 and had its official opening on Tuesday, September 18.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times named DETROIT a Critics' Pick, calling it "A superb play. A delirious, dangerous bacchanal. Lisa D'Amour's dark comedy is rich and addictively satisfying. A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country's fraying social fabric. Both disturbing and bracingly funny, Ms. D'Amour's play kicks the fall theater season off with a promising burst of fireworks." David Cote of Time Out-New York also named it a Critics' Pick, giving it 5 STARS and calling it "A sly, timely and surprising new play. Superbly executed." Jesse Oxfeld of The New York Observer called it "A tense, terrific , funny new play under the sure hand of ace director Anne Kauffman." Jennifer Farrar of Associated Press pronounced it, "Intriguing and edgy." Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post called it "Funny as hell. Expertly written, directed and acted." Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg News gave it 4 STARS proclaiming it, "Excellent. A horror story hitting very close to home." Joe Dziemianowicz of Daily News called it "A briskly funny dark comedy" and Robert Feldberg of Bergen Record pronounced it, "A funny, smart, potent new play." Erik Haagensen of Backstage also named it a Critics Pick, calling it, "An exhilarating, original perspective and voice that stamps D'Amour as a playwright to be reckoned with!"
The acclaimed cast, lauded as "As talented as you could want," (Entertainment Weekly, Adam Markowitz), "Expert" (New York Post, Vincentelli), "Excellent" (Associated Press, Farrar), "Perfectly balanced" (Bloomberg News, Gerard), "Splendid" (Backstage, Haagensen) and "Optimal" (Time Out, Cote), features two-time Tony Award winner John Cullum, Darren Pettie, Oscar and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan, Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer and Drama Desk Award nominee Sarah Sokolovic.
Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (Mr. Schwimmer) and Mary (Ms. Ryan) welcome into their lives the rootless couple (Mr. Pettie and Ms. Sokolovic) 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. An ecstatic, dangerous new comedy, DETROIT exposes the nerves that live just under the surface of American life today.
The production's "Eerily vivid design" (Cote, Time Out) features scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney. Production Stage Manager is Lisa Ann Chernoff.
The performance schedule for DETROIT is Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. There are two special Wednesday matinee performances at 2:30 PM on September 26 and October 3. Single tickets, $75-$85 with some premium seats available at $95, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).
Reflecting Playwrights Horizons' ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase.
HOTtix is one of Playwrights Horizons' popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Four subscription packages to Playwrights Horizons' 2012/2013 season are now available: a 6-show Subscription package ($230, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater Productions); a 5-show Subscription package ($192, three Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater Productions); FlexPass (4+ tickets, $45-50 per ticket); and Membership ($55 membership fee + one ticket at $40 or less for each show, as desired). In addition, The company will continue to offer 30&Under Membership ($20 membership fee + one $20 ticket for each show, as desired); and Student Membership ($10 membership fee + one $10 ticket for each show, as desired). In addition to discounts on all Mainstage season attractions, subscribers receive priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins. Packages are available at www.TicketCentral.com.
Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported in part by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
Following DETROIT, Playwrights Horizons' 2012/2013 season will continue with THE WHALE, the New York premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Davis McCallum and featuring Cassie Beck, Reyna de Courcy, Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley, Tasha Lawrence and Cory Michael Smith; THE GREAT GOD PAN, the World Premiere of a new play by Amy Herzog, directed by Carolyn Cantor and featuring Becky Ann Baker, Tony Award nominee Peter Friedman, Sarah Goldberg, Keith Nobbs, Jeremy Strong, Joyce Van Patten and Erin Wilhelmi; THE FLICK, the World Premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Annie Baker, directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold; THE CALL, the World Premiere of a new play by Tanya Barfield, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman; and FAR FROM HEAVEN, the World Premiere of a new musical featuring a book by Tony Award winner & two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Greenberg, music by Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel, lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, featuring four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara. The musical is based on the Focus Features / Vulcan Productions motion picture Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes.
For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at www.TicketCentral.com.