The New York premiere of Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris' Downstate has extended its run at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. Performances, originally set to finish December 11, will now continue through December 22. The work opened November 15 after starting previews October 28. Read reviews here. New production photos are below.
In Downstate, four men, all convicted of sex crimes, share a group home in Illinois post-incarceration when a man arrives one day to confront his childhood abuser in Norris' exploration of the boundaries of justice, retribution, compassion, and forgiveness.
Starring in the production are Francis Guinan as Fred, K. Todd Freeman as Dee, Glenn Davis as Gio, Eddie Torres as Felix, Susanna Guzmán as Ivy, Tim Hopper as Andy, Sally Murphy as Em, and Gabi Samels as Effie. Brian Hutchison will take over the role of Andy from Hopper beginning December 13.
Director Pam MacKinnon, who frequently collaborates with Norris, leads a creative team comprising 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.