The New York premiere of Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris' Downstate has been extended for a second and final time. Currently playing at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, the drama will play through January 7, 2023—its previous extension was through December 22. The run began previews October 28 and opened November 15. Read reviews here.
Four men, all convicted of sex crimes, share a group home in Illinois post-incarceration. Then, a man arrives one day to confront his childhood abuser, setting in motion Norris' exploration of the boundaries of justice, retribution, compassion, and forgiveness.
The current cast stars Francis Guinan as Fred, K. Todd Freeman as Dee, Glenn Davis as Gio, Eddie Torres as Felix, Susanna Guzmán as Ivy, Brian Hutchison as Andy, Sally Murphy as Em, and Gabi Samels as Effie.
A frequent collaborator of Norris', director Pam MacKinnon helms the creative team featuring set designer Todd Rosenthal, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Adam Silverman, sound designer Carolyn Downing, production stage manager Laura Smith, and assistant stage manager Thomas Dieter.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presented the world premiere of Downstate, which it commissioned, in 2018. It joins Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, plus The Qualms and The Pain and the Itch in the roster of plays from Norris staged at Playwrights Horizons.