Fulton County Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater presents Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre production of American Buffalo by David Mamet | Print |

Fulton County Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater presents Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company production of the award winning drama American Buffalo by David Mamet.   Directed by former Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Artistic Director John Dillon, the play stars Neal Ghant, G. Valmont Thomas, and Garrett Gray. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, American Buffalo secured David Mamet as a major American playwright when it appeared on Broadway in 1977.   The play runs February 9 through March 6, 2016 at Fulton County Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater.  

Set in an urban junk shop, three small-time crooks make plans to rob a man of his coin collection, including what they believe to be an extremely valuable “Buffalo nickel.” However, as the night goes on, motivations change, loyalties squirm and shift and paranoia rises to generate heart-pounding drama. Contains adult language, recommended for ages 15 and above.  

American Buffalo will be in preview performances February 9 – 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night, February 12, 2016 and the show runs through March 6, 2016. Performances during the run are Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.   All performances will be presented at Fulton County Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater at 915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or www.ticketalternative.com or through the True Colors website @ www.truecolorstheatre.org.

 

FULTON COUNTY ARTS & CULTURE

Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater & Gallery is dedicated to bringing quality performing and visual arts programming to the South Fulton community, enhancing the quality of life of all Fulton County citizens through the delivery of quality arts education and performing

arts programs. The Center offers exciting art opportunities for children, teens and adults, providing a broad selection of classes including but not limited to; acting, piano, guitar, ballet, hip hop, creative writing, voice and visual arts. Fulton County Arts & Culture operates five arts centers whose collective goals are to encourage creativity in communities, make the arts accessible, and provide arts opportunities for traditionally underserved populations.

TRUE COLORS True Colors Theatre Company is a regional theater company based in Atlanta, GA. Founded by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Jane Bishop, True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

DAVID MAMET is the author of the plays:  Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross  (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award),  American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion  and  The Cryptogram  (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include:  Faustus  and  Red River  by Pierre Laville; and  The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters  and  Uncle Vanya  by Anton Chekov. His films include:  The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games  (writer/director),   Oleanna  (writer/director), Homicide  (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner  (writer/director), Heist  (writer/director),  Spartan  (writer/director) and  Redbelt  (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of:  Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children’s books,  Passover  and  The Duck and the Goat;  Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks,  and  Make-Believe Town,  three volumes of essays;  The Hero Pony  andThe China Man,  a book of poems;  Three Children’s Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin,  and the novels  The Village, The Old Religion  and  Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books,  True & False  and  Three Uses of the Knife. Glengarry Glen Ross  was awarded the Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

JOHN DILLON has staged productions at leading theaters in England, Russia, Egypt and Japan and has directed new works by such noted playwrights as David Mamet, Romulus Linney, Larry Shue, Ariel Dorfman, Y York, Israel Horovitz, Joanna Glass, David Rambo, Anthony Clarvoe and Amlin Gray. He’s worked at over two dozen of the country’s leading regional theaters, including the Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Syracuse Stage, Georgia Shakespeare, Chapel Hill’s PlayMakers Rep, the Missouri Rep, D.C.’s Arena Stage, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, New Haven’s Long Wharf, Seattle’s ACT Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Berkeley Rep, Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (where his staging of WIT won him a BackstageWest Garland Award). Although he makes his home in Seattle, John is also the Associate Director of Tokyo’s Institute of Dramatic Arts, where his productions have twice won Japan’s highest theater award. He’s the Founding President of Theatre Puget Sound and he’s a core member of Seattle’s Endangered Species Project. From 1977 to 1993 he was the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and during his time there launched a number of innovative exchanges with theater companies in Mexico, Russia, Ireland, Chile, Japan and England. From 2004 to 2010 he served as the director of the theatre program at Sarah Lawrence College and he works regularly as a guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. Dillon is a fellow in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and a member of the National Theatre Conference. He is a Danforth and Woodrow Wilson fellow with graduate degrees in theater from Columbia and Northwestern Universities. Oh yes, and he had a burger named after him at a restaurant in Baltimore.

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