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Jeffry Chastang’s “Dauphin Island” opens January 11 at Detroit Rep

Preview January 09, 2018 Encore Staff

DETROIT—Next up from Detroit Repertory Theatre is Jeffry Chastang’s Dauphin Island, running from January 11 through March 18.

Detroit playwright and Detroit Rep actor Jeffry Chastang will takes audiences on an adventure in the comedy drama, Dauphin Island. Suspicion and fascination dovetail when Selwyn interrupts the self-imposed isolation of Kendra. Leaving behind a messy divorce and time spent living in his car in Detroit, he embarks on a trip for a new beginning. When his car breaks down, he happens upon Kendra, a woman who has secluded herself in the Alabama woods. The play follows the two displaced characters as their lives begin to unexpectedly intertwine. The result is a loving look at humanity, but not the saccharine sort of love we so often see on the big and small screen. It is a look at the ability of those laid low to try and rebuild, and their willingness to both understand the faults of others and to be willing to help them recreate themselves.

Resident company member Leah Smith is the director of Dauphin Island. Last season she directed the highly praised production, Capital. Her cast features two performers familiar to Repertory audiences. Jonathon West portrays Selwyn, and was seen as one of the troubled sons in the Rep’s last season production of Firepower. Yolanda Jack who portrays Kendra was seen last season as one of the professor’s daughters in The Realization of Emily Linder. Resident company member Kelly Pino will take over the duties of stage manager.

Tickets range from $17-$20, ($35.00 for the Red Night fundraiser performance scheduled for February 10 at 8:30 pm),  and are available online at www.detroitreptheatre.com.