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Detroit will be presented with special support from the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Foundation and Sheryl & Rick Donaldson

Woolly Mammoth would also like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for Detroit:

Eleanor Roberts Lewis &
Roger K. Lewis

Bob & Mary Lou McGee
Jeffrey Ahl & Toby Port
Sallie C. Tyler

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All regular ticketed seats for the remaining performances of Detroit are sold out!


 Please call the Box Office directly at 202-393-3939 to learn more about and purchase $20 obstructed view seats.

Obstructed view seats for Detroit are located in the balcony of the theatre. Patrons may need to lean forward to see the action in the play and may miss any action happening extremely far downstage. Patrons in balcony obstructed view seats on and near the aisle may also find it difficult to view all of the projections during the performance.


A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of the New York Times top 10 plays of 2012, Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit is an explosive dark comedy that brilliantly captures our economic moment.

Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.

Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream.

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Please note: The seating configuration for Detroit varies significantly from our standard house. Click here to see the seating map.

Detroit will run for an hour and 45 minutes without an intermission. Please note that this performance will include the use of water vapor fog, strobe lighting, and partial male nudity.




The Washington Post

The New York Times

Chicago Tribune

RIVETING desperate drama,
a KICK-ASS kick-off for Woolly’s 34th season”

“A BRILLIANT performance;
thoroughly infused with belly-bursting humor”

“A MAGNIFICENT examination of the human species
in times of financial turmoil”
DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Absolutely SUPERB
MD Theatre Guide

WITTY yet thoughtful”
Broadway World

“A theatrical experience of HIGH ORDER
Drama Urge

“A friendly suburban barbecue
in the superb play Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour”

“Ms. D’Amour’s play,
kicks things off with a promising burst of fireworks”

The New York Times

“Musical, JUICY, idea-packed”
Time Out New York

“A very PROVOCATIVE SNAPSHOT of this perilous moment”
Chicago Tribune


Detroit brilliantly defines our current American moment. A rollercoaster entertainment, the play taps comically yet powerfully into our anxiety about clinging to whatever economic rung we’ve got a hold of—at a time when the shell of our civilization seems to be crumbling around us. Fundamentally, Detroit is a play about neighbors, two couples who live next door to one another in an inner-ring suburb that could be outside any major American city. One couple is trying to move up, the other is clearly on the way down—but their growing friendship leads to both hilarious liberation and shocking collapse for all, revealing the thin line that separates sophisticated men and women from dangerous drunken beasts.”

-Howard Shalwitz,
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Show Art by Carolyn Sewell.