Sunday, July 15, 2012

Off Broadway: David Schwimmer & Amy Ryan in Detroit - Tix on Sale July 26

From a media release:

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS ANNOUNCES
AMY RYAN & DAVID SCHWIMMER
JOIN THE CAST OF DETROIT
A NEW PLAY BY
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST & OBIE WINNER LISA D’AMOUR
DIRECTED BY OBIE WINNER ANNE KAUFFMAN


Single tickets on sale the week of July 26, 2012
Previews begin Friday, August 24, 2012
Closing October 7, 2012

NEW YORK CITY -
Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) announced today that acclaimed film, stage and television stars Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, “The Office,” On the Mountain at Playwrights Horizons) and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer (“Friends,” “Band of Brothers,” Playwrights Horizons debut) have joined the cast of DETROIT, the New York premiere of the much-heralded 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.

Directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels’ This Wide Night) in a completely new production, DETROIT will be presented as the first production of the theater company’s upcoming 2012/2013 Season.  The production will begin previews Friday, August 24 in advance of a mid-September Opening Night (date TBA) at the company’s Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The limited engagement is currently scheduled to play through Sunday, October 7.

Amy Ryan 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 Award nomination) and appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Tony Award 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.  Her other film credits include Win Win, Green Zone, Jack Goes Boating, Changeling, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Capote, Dan in Real Life, War of the Worlds, Keane and You Can Count On Me, as well as the upcoming The Tomb and the untitled Drake Doremus project. Her extensive TV appearances include her starring roles as Holly on “The Office,” Adele on “In Treatment” and Officer Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell on “The Wire.”

David Schwimmer 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.  Well-known to TV audiences for his Emmy-nominated performance as Ross on the long-running hit comedy “Friends,” he’s also the co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Regional Theater.  In addition to his extensive work with Lookingglass, his many stage appearances include the premieres of D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Some Girls in London.  Other notable television and film appearances include  “Band of Brothers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the upcoming “Web Therapy” (reuniting him with Lisa Kudrow), Madagascar 1, 2 (and the upcoming Part 3:Europe’s Most Wanted), Nothing But the Truth, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the upcoming The Iceman.

Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (Mr. Schwimmer) and Mary (Ms. Ryan) welcome into their lives the rootless couple (Darren Pettie and Sarah 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.

DETROIT had its World Premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in September 2010.  In his review of that production, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it, “A terrific new play.  This scary-funny comedy speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I’ve ever seen on a New York stage.  Hilarious and disturbing, DETROIT is a powerful, funny play.”  Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune hailed it as, “A major new play.  Lisa D’Amour has penned a very provocative snapshot of the perilous moment.”  Steven Oxman of Variety raved, calling it “A smart and funny new play.  Convincing and compelling and tartly funny.  This may well be the most effective play yet produced about our current economic doldrums.”  And Time Out-Chicago called it “A biting new comedy of economic anxiety.”

The production will feature scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.  Production Stage Manager will be Charles M. Turner III.

The performance schedule for DETROIT will be Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM.  Single tickets, $75, will go on sale to the general public beginning the week of July 23 and 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).

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 the Ticket Central website at www.TicketCentral.org.

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