Theatre Department presents “Detroit”

This is play is under embargo. We are under rights restriction by Dramatists Play Service, the licensing organization, due to a professional production of this play at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and can?t be released publicly until Friday evening, November 7, 2014.

The Penn State Berks Department of Theatre will present Detroit, by Lisa D?Amour, an Obie award-winning dark comedy, on November 8, 14 and 15, 2014, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 16, at 2 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for Penn State faculty and staff with ID, and $5 for Penn State students with ID.

Somewhere in the suburbs, Ben and Mary welcome into their lives the transient couple who have moved into the deserted house next door. As this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, their fragile neighborly connection threatens to unravel and change them forever. Shining both a disturbing and bracingly funny spotlight on our country?s middle class, Detroit exposes the raw nerves that live just beneath the surface in the pursuit of the American dream.

James N. Brown, Instructor of Theatre, will direct this production, which received the Obie Award for Best New American Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer and Susan Smith Blackburn Prizes. The play has been described as ?compelling comic drama? by theatre critics.

The cast includes Penn State Berks Theatre majors Arielle Smith, Christopher Crawford, Julia Elberfeld, and Brandon Reimer, and as well as Adam Kissinger, a graduate of Kutztown University and working artist in the Reading area.

Other Theatre majors working on the production include Soleil Widman, stage manager; Anthony Murano, assistant stage manager; Arielle Smith, sound designer; and Christopher Crawford, costume designer. The crew is rounded out by Berks Theatre alumna Stefanie Thomas, production manager; Jason Bolen, a professional scenic designer based in New York City; and Christopher Connelly, Instructor in Theatre and lighting guest artist, who is also employed as an Associate with CenterStage Lighting and Rigging in Allentown.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the Box Office at 610-396-6371.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides students with a solid foundation to become successful theatre artists and effective theatre educators. The degree program also trains students in the skills to become effective communicators and professional program managers.