Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Detroit in New York

Detroit author Lisa D'Amour

Interesting fact I learned when I interviewed Obie-winning experimental artist Lisa D'Amour for Time Out New York: She'd never been to the city of Detroit at the time that she wrote the play Detroit, about suburban neighbors struggling to cope during the Great Recession. D'Amour is actually a New Orleans gal, and what she witnessed in her hometown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina fed into her first mainstream work, a Pulitzer Prize finalist play that has finally found a New York home Off Broadway--with a fresh cast and director--after a proposed Steppenwolf-to-Broadway transfer failed to materialize.