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"American Buffalo"
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Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play


Continuing its mission of producing works that highlight the “American Experience," Raven Theatre will present American Buffalo, David Mamet’s raw, angry look at the disenfranchised in our country’s dark underbelly. 

Stunning audiences when it opened in 1975 with its unfiltered language and gritty underpinnings, American Buffalo tells the story of three low-life crooks planning the heist of a valuable coin collection from a local collector.  Two years after its Chicago debut it opened in New York, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and cementing David Mamet’s place as one of the country’s leading cutting-edge playwrights.

Directed by Artistic Director Michael Menendian, American Buffalo features Richard Cotovsky as Donny, Seth Remington as Bobby, and Brian McCaskill as Teach.  Mr. McCaskill, who appears as a guest artist courtesy of The Actors’ Equity Association, was last seen on the Raven stage in 1999, performing as Richard Roma in Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he earned a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Outstanding Performance.  Mr. Cotovsky is the award-winning co-founder and Artistic Director of Mary-Arrchie Theatre.  Seth Remington has performed in several productions at Raven Theatre, including, most recently, Book of Days.

The production set is designed by Michael Menendian.  Lighting design is by Christine Ferriter. Additional designers are: Nick Keenan (sound); Danni Quider (props); JoAnn Montemurro (costumes); David Woolley (fight choreography) and Kelly Dailey (scenic art).  Kate Miller serves as production.

About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre’s mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the “American Experience.” The company’s mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community’s cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven’s Children’s Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.