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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB TO PRESENT
THE STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF

AIRLINE HIGHWAY

ON BROADWAY AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

NEW PLAY BY PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST LISA D’AMOUR
DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER JOE MANTELLO 

PREVIEWS BEGIN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 23 OPENING NIGHT

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club will present the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production ofAIRLINE HIGHWAY, the new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lisa D’Amour (Detroit), directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Casa ValentinaTake Me Out).

Published in Broadway

LISA D’AMOUR’S

DETROIT

ARRIVES ON BROADWAY

FALL 2011

DETROIT, a new American play by Lisa D’Amour, will arrive on Broadway early fall 2011.

The play received its world premiere at Chicago’s illustrious Steppenwolf Theatre Company this past fall, under the direction of Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton (Orson’s Shadow, The Little Foxes, this season’s Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company), who will return to direct the Broadway production.

Detroit will mark the Broadway debut for Lisa D’Amour, who as a playwright, actress and interdisciplinary performance artist, has previously appeared at PS122, HERE Arts Center, Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Crowded Fire Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, New Geroges, Theater of a Two Headed Calf, and the Women’s Project.

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In a “first ring” suburb outside a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who’ve moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control - with unexpected consequences. Shining a light on the middle class American Dream, Detroitlooks at what happens when we open ourselves up to something new.

DETROIT will be presented by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Debbie Bisno, in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Artistic Director: Martha Lavey, Executive Director: David Hawkanson) Richards and Frankel previously teamed up with Steppenwolf to present Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer winning August: Osage Countyand Superior Donuts on Broadway.

Steppenwolf’s previous Broadway outings include the 2001 Tony winning revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 1990 Tony winning Best Play The Grapes of Wrath, and the 1993 Tony nominated Song of Jacob Zulu.

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LISA D’AMOUR is a playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance company she runs with her creative partner Katie Pearl.  Lisa's play Detroit opened the 2010-11 season at Steppenwolf Theater, directed by Austin Pendleton.  Next up for PearlDamour is How to Build a Forest at The Kitchen Theater in New York, during which PearlDamour and visual artist Shawn Hall will assemble and disassemble a simulated forest on stage over the course of 8 hours.  Lisa’s work has been presented by theaters such as Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Red Eye Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, Children’s' Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, PS122, New Georges, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf and the Women's Project, and has been supported by the Creative Capital, the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, NYSCA and the NEA/TCG Residency for Playwrights.  She received an OBIE Award along with Katie Pearl and Kathy Randels for Nita & Zita, and received the Alpert Award in the Arts for theater in 2008.  She is core alum of the Playwrights’ Center and an alumna of New Dramatists.  Lisa lives with her husband Brendan Connelly in   Brooklyn and New Orleans.  She often collaborates with the N.O. based ArtSpot Productions on interdisciplinary performance projects. lisadamour.com / pearldamour.com

AUSTIN PENDLETON (Director) has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. His previous directing credits at Steppenwolf include Love Song, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Harvey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Three Sisters, Loose Ends, and Say Goodnight, Gracie. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination. In 2009, Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya at the Classic Stage Company starring Maggie Gyllenhall and Peter Saarsgard as well as Tennesee Williams’ Vieux Carré at The Pearl Theatre Company. Pendleton penned the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged in Chicago and off-Broadway. As an actor, he won a Drama Desk Award and an OBIE Award for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac. He recently appeared in the Public Theater production of Mother Courage and Her Children, on Broadway in the revival of The Diary of Anne Frank ,and off-Broadway in the title roles of Hamlet, Richard III, and Richard II. His film credits include Dirty Work, The Ballad of Betty Page, A Beautiful Mind, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Simon, Trial and Error, What’s Up Doc, Catch-22, and Wall Street 2. Recent TV appearances include episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, OZ, and Homicide. Pendleton served as Artistic Director for Circle Repertory Company with Associate Artistic Director Lynne Thigpen. He is a graduate of Yale University and currently teaches directing at The New School. There is a documentary film in production on Austin’s life and work called The Austin Pendleton Project: Where The Work Is co-directed by Gene Gallerann and David Holmes.

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY, Chicago, IL. (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director) is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces – including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults.  Steppenwolf’s productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin.  Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org.

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