Honors Thesis: Acting/AMERICAN BUFFALO

The Department of Theater presented David Mamet's AMERICAN BUFFALO, the Honors Acting Thesis of Jessica Cannizzaro ('12), Lori Barkin ('12) and Michelle Fennell ('12), Directed by Alex Torra. Performance times: Saturday and Sunday, April 21st and 22nd at 2 PM and 8 PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center's Frear Ensemble Theatre. Set design by Marta Roncada ('14), Costume design by Matthew Saunders, Sound design by Scott Burgess, Lighting design by Josh Schulman.

David Mamet is best known as a playwright, but has received Oscar nominations for his screenplays, directed films, taught acting and written several books. Mamet's 1975 play premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and opened on Broadway in 1977. Don, Teach, Bob, and the mysterious Fletcher, conspire to steal a priceless coin collection from a well-to-do man. The plot takes place in Don's junk shop and the conspiracy centers around a rare nickel. Told with Mamet's typical vernacular of vulgarity, the characters attack their environment, both literally and with lexicon, until the final events leave the audience pondering over the nature of good and evil, two sides of the same coin.

Director Alex Torra is a 2012 guest artist. Torra is a Philadelphia-based director and performer whose work focuses on ensemble-generated, original performance and contemporary interpretations of classics.