This week, the Fred Stone Theatre opened its doors for Detroit, the final installment in its 2015-2016 Second Stage Series. Starring Chloe Brewer ‘17 and Duncan Hon ‘19 as the married couple Mary and Ben, Detroit follows the pair’s exploits as they attempt to liven up their dull, suburban lives. As the average middle-class tale goes, Ben is recently unemployed and Sharon is financially anxious. Comedy ensues when they meet their new neighbors, Kenny (Matthew Striegel ‘17) and Sharon (Ana Suarez ’16), who are fresh out of rehab.
From the average pleasantries of daily life to some downright dirty dancing, Detroit takes its audience on a journey that may seem unfamiliar on the surface but is wholly relatable at its core.
Directed by Kathleen Capdesuner ’17, Detroit’s characters face the anxieties that plague America’s middle class: concerns surrounding social mobility, money troubles, and more taboo themes like addiction and the power of nostalgia.
Detroit’s cast and crew had the pleasure of welcoming the show’s creator on opening night. Lisa D’Amour is an award-winning playwright whose show at the Fred was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. D’Amour not only closed the evening with a talk-back session, but also visited a number of Theatre and English classes on campus and hosted a workshop for the community.