The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the Broadway industry this year. The producers of American Buffalo have announced that this production, writtenby David Mamet and directed by Neil Pepe, will officially open its production Wednesday, April 14, 2021, exactly one year after it was originally scheduled to open at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Preview performances will begin on March 22, 2021, on Broadway.
The producers of American Buffalo and The Minutes said, “It is the intent to open these plays—both powerful, funny and relevant dissections of Americana—in the spring of 2021, on the exact dates they were scheduled to open in 2020. However, we will only do so knowing that there are safeguards in place that will encourage audiences to return to the theatre, and that our government will allow us to have gatherings of more than 500 people. We, the producing team, believe that a vaccine is essential as part of that process, and we are hopeful that progress will be made in that area to ensure that artists and theatregoers will return to support this vital element of our theatrical heritage: the American play.”
Three small time hustlers want a bigger cut of the American dream. David Mamet’s classic about loyalty and greed returns to Broadway more explosive and pointed than ever, exposing a timely American truth: crime and business are two sides of the same coin, under the direction of Neil Pepe (Tony-winning Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater Company).
American Buffalo premiered on Broadway in 1977 and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play. It went on to be nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for the 1983 production and a film version of the acclaimed work was released in 1996. Ben Brantley of The New York Times hails it as, “David Mamet’s most affecting and gripping play,” and Frank Rich of The New York Times declares, “American Buffalo is one of the best American plays of the last decade.”
The creative team for American Buffalo includes Scott Pask (Set Design), Dede Ayite (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), and Telsey + Company (Casting).
The producing team is headed by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler, and Stephanie P. McClelland with Greenleaf Productions, Spencer Ross, Gemini Theatrical, Ted Liebowitz/Cue to Cue Productions, Brian Moreland, Brad Blume, Caiola Productions, Patty Baker, Arthur Kern, Joanna Carson, Willette Klausner, Van Kaplan, Jeremiah J. Harris & Darren P. DeVerna, Ambassador Theatre Group, Steve and Jacob Levy, Diego Kolankowsky, Morwin Schmookler, Jacob Soroken Porter and The Shubert Organization.
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