Don’t miss this show that Artistic Director Charlie Sexton called
“the best alumni show in several years.”
This summer the Walden Theatre Alumni bring you AMERICAN BUFFALO by David Mamet. It’s going to be an intense night, so make sure you leave any collectible coins at home and be prepared for lots of mature language. We highly recommend this show to teens and older, but this production is not for the younger students.
Veteran director Hal Park returns to AMERICAN BUFFALO after having stage managed the West Coast premiere in 1978, just one year after critic Frank Rich called the Broadway launch “one of the best American plays of the last decade.”
“Mamet is hard,” said Park. “You cannot let up. He is intense, irreverent, fast, smart. The challenge for us is how to find the relevance of the play in the 21st century – with young actors. The two main roles were written in the 70’s for guys that are in their 40’s or 50’s. It was a different time in America.”
The vernacular poetry of David Mamet’s script comes to life as Don, Teach, and Bobby plot to steal a rich man’s coin collection – including the valuable buffalo nickel that got away from Don’s junk shop for less than it was worth. Within this framework, the play explores power and powerlessness, and how these men – petty, vain, and damaged – contend with a world that’s stranded them on the bottom rungs.
“The danger inherent in the script is still very real for our society today,” Park added, “and by having three punked-out kids play the roles it makes it even more relevant than a traditional staging. And wait ‘till you hear the original, noise-punk music track between the acts. It’s a stretch, but we are pretty excited about the production.”
by David Mamet
directed by Hal Park
Donny …………….. Ben Park
Bobby ……………… Elliot Cornett
Teach ……………… Jacob Lyle
Shows 7:30pm at Walden Theatre:
Friday July 6, Saturday July 7, Sunday July 8
Tickets $8 ($5 with student I.D.)
Box office opens one hour before each performance.
House opens 30 minutes before curtain.
Later in the summer the alumni will produce a comedy sketch show and some one-acts written by young Louisville playwrights. Support the Louisville’s talented young actors, and don’t miss out on this Mamet masterpiece.