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    American Buffalo

    Regional revival of David Mamet’s American classic

    August 24 – September 2, 2017

     

    One of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s defining works, instantly acclaimed when it opened on Broadway. Starring Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Dorset Theatre Festival now takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. American Buffalo crackles with explosive humor, frenetic energy, and surprising tenderness.

    Subscriptions and Flex Passes are now on sale. Single Tickets on sale April 1, 2017. Single ticket prices start at $42. Student/Youth and Group discounts available. 

    Dates & Times

    Thurs. 8/24 7:30 PM

    Fri. 8/25 7:30 PM

    Sat. 8/26  2PM & 7:30 PM

    Sun. 8/27 2 PM

    Wed.  8/30 2PM & 7:30 PM

    Thurs.  8/31 7:30 PM

    Fri. 9/1 7:30 PM

    Sat. 9/2 7:30 PM

    Cast

    Stephen Adly Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. His most recent play, Between Riverside and Crazy (dir: Austin Pendleton) premiered at Atlantic Theater Company, moved to Second Stage Theatre, and garnered numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other plays include: The Motherf***er with the Hat (6 Tony nominations, including Best Play, dir: Anna D Shapiro), Den of Thieves (directed by Max Daniels), Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp), as well as Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theater) and The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theater) — all five directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and world premiered at Labyrinth Theater Company. In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts Theater in the West End (Dir: Philip Seymour Hoffman). As an actor, he has appeared in theater, film and television, including roles in Alejandro Inarritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, and Brett C. Leonard’s Jailbait, opposite Michael Pitt.  He co-created and executive produced Netflix’s The Get Down with Baz Luhrmann. Other awards include: the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Whiting Award, TCG fellowship, Fringe First Award, NY Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Drama Critics Prize, and a Lucy Lortel Award. A former violence prevention specialist and H.I.V. educator, he lives in New York City.

     

    Treat Williams has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards. He began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease, and first won the hearts of film audiences as Berger in the film version of Hair. He will next been seen in Drunk Parents opposite Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek and The Etruscan Smile with JJ Field and Thora Birch. He recently starred in HBO’S Confirmation as Ted Kennedy along side Greg Kinnear and Kerry Washington. He starred in Reaching For The Moon with Miranda Otto. Recently, he played James Franco’s father in the Academy Award-nominated film 127 Hours, and appeared alongside Eric Bana and Sissy Spacek in Deadfall. Other notable film work includes The Ritz, The Eagle Has Landed, Prince of the City, 1941, Smooth Talk (which won first prize at the Sundance Film Festival), Once Upon A Time in America, Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending, Deep Rising, The Outrageous Critical Bill in Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Phantom, Deep End of the Ocean, The Devils Own, What Happens In Vegas and Howl. On television, can be seen in the Hallmark mini series Cheasapeake Shores. Treat was a series regular on NBC’s Odyssey, and has a recurring arc on the hit show Chicago Fire. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwood for which he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actor. Other television credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Hoover, Dempsey, The Late Shift, Max and Helen, Law & Order: SVU, White Collar, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods, and The Simpsons, as himself. Treat has appeared in multiple Broadway productions such as Over Here, Once in a Lifetime, Love Letters, Pirates of Penzance, and Steven Sondheim’s Follies (Theatre Guild Award). Treat has also experienced success as a director, as his short film Texan, by David Mamet, was awarded best film at three film festivals.

    Playwright

    David Mamet is the award-winning author of numerous plays, including Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award), American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, Boston Marriage and November. Mr. Mamet has written the screenplays for The Verdict, The Untouchables, and Wag the Dog, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed 10 films, including Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, House of Games, Spartan and Redbelt. He has authored the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources, and was co-creator and executive producer of The Unit on CBS. Festival awards for original play, music and lyrics) and several choral works published by Final Score Music.

    Creative Team

    John Gould Rubin (Director) is the current Artistic Director of The Private Theater, noted for radical site-specific productions, and former Artistic/Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for whom he directed 7 plays. He’s directed throughout NYC at Rattlestick, Ma-Yi, and The Public among others, notably: Turn Me Loose at The Westside Theater, Peer Gynt at The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway, Playing With Fire (a deconstruction of Strindberg’s one-act about wife swapping, voyeurism and exhibitionism at The Box, the notorious sex cabaret,) Queen For A Day at St. Clements and The Cherry Orchard with Ellen Burstyn at The Actors Studio. Current projects: Rocco, Chelsea, etc. a devised project about the consciousness of conflict and the American Political Divide and an Afro-German, site-specific production of Hedda Gabler in Berlin, Germany.

    Press

    “Photo Coverage: Treat Williams and Company Prepare for Dorset Theatre Festival’s American Buffalo” – Broadway World

    “Stephen Adly Guirgis to Return to the Stage at Dorset Theatre Festival” – The New York Times

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