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Detroit by Lisa D’Amour

16 July 2014

Obie Award for Best New American Play 2013

“INCISIVE, FUNNY, and DISTURBING comedy-drama” 

-New York Times

Capital T presents


by Lisa D’Amour

Directed by Mark Pickell

August 21 – September 20th

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre   511 W43rd St

Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.

Cap T is proud to present the Austin premiere of Detroit directed by 2 time Austin Critics Table Awards and B. Iden Payne award winning director Mark Pickell (Killer Joe, Lieutenant of Inishmore). Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes including a 10 minute intermission.  


Ben – Jason Phelps

Mary – Rebecca Robinson

Kenny – Joey Hood

Sharon – Rebecca Pearcy

Frank – Tom Green

About the Playwright

Lisa D’Amour – Playwright

D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the country, including The Women’s Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Clubbed Thumb (all inNYC), Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Steppenwolf Theater Company (Chicago), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans) and the Royal National Theater (London). Her recent play Detroit, a dark comedy that follows two suburban couples facing economic uncertainty, won a 2013 OBIE Award for Best New American Play and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Lisa is a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Fellow and has also received an Alpert Award for the Arts in Theatre and the Steinberg Playwright Award. For 15 years, she has been one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour known both for large-scale performances that mix theatre and installation such as How to Build a Forest (premiered at The Kitchen, 2011), a performance in which a simulated forest is assembled and disassembled on stage for over 8 hours; and more intimate performances designed for small audiences such as Bird Eye Blue Print (2007), created for a set of vacant offices in New York’s World Financial Center. PearlDamour is a four-time MAP Fund recipient and a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Upcoming PearlDamour projects for 2013–14 include Lost in the Meadow, a site-specific, co-commission from People’s Light & Theatre and Longwood Gardens in Malvern, PA, which the audience experiences via headphones; and Milton, an immersive piece investigating the sky over five U.S. cities and towns named “Milton.”