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“American Buffalo” Production

November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 17, 2019

Free - $5

American Buffalo by David Mamet is the second theater production of the season.  Performances will be Nov. 8-9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15-16 at 8 p.m.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

Tickets are $5 for the public or free with a UVa-Wise I.D. Tickets may be purchased in person before the shows or at etix.com (service fee applies).  The Box Office opens one hour prior to the start of each performance.

Cost – $5 for public / Free with presentation of UVa-Wise CAVS card

Synopsis:  Winner of the 1977 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, this volatile drama starred Robert Duvall in the original Broadway production and has seen revivals with Al Pacino and John Leguizamo. In a Chicago junk shop, three small-time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable “Buffalo nickel.” These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three – Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing; and “Teach,” a violently paranoid braggart – is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.

Warning:  The performance contains staged violence, excessive use of profanity, and several episodes of character-specific hate-speech.  It is a virtuosic work of drama that serves as a stark reminder of the subtle aggressions that human beings inflict upon one another out of fear and ignorance.  As such, it may be considered inappropriate for some audiences and is not recommended for children.



“Gripping drama.” – The New York Times

“Mamet is an actor’s playwright […] [He] senses the possibilities inarticulateness affords a savvy actor.” – Women’s Wear Daily

“It isn’t often that a play with a dramatic intensity of American Buffalo comes to the Broadway theatre.” – New York Post


November 16, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free - $5
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Visual and Performing Arts Department