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Downstate: Talks and Events

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Downstate: Talks and Events


A co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company
a new play by Bruce Norris
From 12 March to 27 April 2019
Dorfman Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Bruce Norris’ (Clybourne ParkThe Low Road) new play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, comes to the National Theatre direct from its premiere at Steppenwolf, Chicago.

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution?

This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

Content Advisory

Please note: The production of Downstate discusses and contains graphic descriptions of child abuse and rape, there is also reference to drug use and self-harm that some people may find distressing. These talk will therefore include discussion of some of these themes. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our online Help centre.
If you have been affected by any issues raised in Downstate, the following charities offer free support:
NAPAC - Offers support to adult survivors and training for those who support them.
MIND - Provides support and advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

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