Posting Date: August 19, 2011

Theater faculty performs staged reading of "Detroit"
Pulitzer Prize in drama finalist examines the American dream

By Scott Singleton


Theatre and Performance Studies faculty perform in last year's staged reading of "The Real Inspector Hound."

Photo by Robert Pack

On Aug. 26, faculty members of the Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present a staged reading of "Detroit" by OBIE-award winning playwright Lisa D'Amour. The one-night-only performance, directed by KSU Associate Professor Karen Robinson, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Stillwell Theater and will benefit student study abroad activities.

The dark comedy, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist, examines the suburban American dream during an eventful backyard barbecue. Through discussing many issues that remain in current headlines, the play offers a fresh view of contemporary problems. Dean Adams, KSU associate professor, describes it as "current as today's newspaper."

"Detroit" premiered in Chicago last year and is scheduled to premiere on Broadway in March 2012. "We have a rare opportunity to glimpse the greatness of a Pulitzer Prize finalist before she really hits the 'big time,'" observes Jane Barnette, KSU assistant professor. "The play deals with the fragility of home ownership, the decay of first-ring suburbia and substance abuse—some pretty heavy, mature topics—but it does so in a way that is deeply and darkly funny," says Barnette.

The play also, Adams explains, encourages the audience to reflect. "There is a lot to contemplate after the show: how suburbia has crumbled with time; how we know or keep from knowing our neighbors; how our illusions about ourselves both protect us and become our undoing. In this economy, the illusions we hold on to start to peel away like the paint on our homes."

The money raised from this event will help fund study abroad opportunities for KSU students.

This performance is not suitable for all audiences. Admission is a $10 donation. Tickets will be available at the door, cash or personal check only. For more information, call 770-423-6650.


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