Detroit Public Theatre Closes Second Season with World Premiere Play


In "The Harassment of Iris Malloy," a single mother places a bet on a new life after an intimate encounter with a decorated senator, and the media fallout will change them both forever. A compelling mystery wrapped around a powerful examination of the intersection of sex, class, and politics, the show challenges audiences to examine their assumptions about power, politics and parenthood in America today.

The show is directed by Geoff Button, a longtime member of the Chicago theater community, where his work performing and directing has received critical acclaim. The cast for this rolling world premiere includes Alysia Kolascz (Iris), John Lepard (Senator Aarons), Ned Baker (Sticker), and Detroit Public Theatre producing artistic director Sarah Winkler (Cyd).

"Geoff and I created a lot of theatre together growing up in Grosse Pointe, and he has gone on to have an impressive career in Chicago theatre," states Detroit Public Theatre producing artistic director Courtney Burkett. "We are so thrilled to have Geoff back in the Detroit area directing this exciting new play at Detroit Public Theatre."

Sarah Winkler moved to Metro Detroit in 2013 and founded Detroit Public Theatre with partners Courtney Burkett and Sarah Clare Corporandy in 2015.

Preview performances for "The Harassment of Iris Malloy" are $35 with a limited number of "pay what you can" tickets available. Opening night is May 5, with performances through May 28. Tickets ($20-45) are on sale now at http://www.detroitpublictheatre.org, in person at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra box office, and by calling 313-576-5111. Tickets are also available for the opening night performance at 6 p.m. on May 5 for $75. Opening night tickets include pre-show and post-show receptions with the company. Student and senior discounts available. All Detroit Public Theatre performances take place at The Robert A. and Maggie Allesee Rehearsal Hall inside the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

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