Theatre Department presents 'Detroit'

November 07, 2014

The Penn State Berks Department of Theatre will present Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour, an Obie award-winning dark comedy, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8, 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 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 theater, 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 theater critics.

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

Other theater 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 theater alumna Stefanie Thomas, production manager; Jason Bolen, a professional scenic designer based in New York City; and Christopher Connelly, instructor in theater and lighting guest artist, who also is employed as an associate with CenterStage Lighting and Rigging in Allentown.

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

The bachelor of arts in theater provides students with a solid foundation to become successful theater artists and effective theater educators. The degree program also trains students in the skills to become effective communicators and professional program managers.

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Last Updated November 20, 2014