Staged Reading - American Buffalo
A Special Staged Reading Presented by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley David Mamet’s American Buffalo Directed by Robert Estes Wednesday, November 17th, 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley 1201 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman) in North Berkeley.
Come see American Buffalo, David Mamet’s funny, yet searing exploration of the self-sabotage of the underclass in a staged reading directed by Robert Estes (who recently explored with us similar themes in Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class). Widely considered one of the best plays of the last quarter of the 20th Century, American Buffalo explores the conflicts amongst an erstwhile team of lowlifes as they angle for an opportunity to make money, or as they call it, “the shot”: the robbery of a seemingly well-off coin dealer who in their view has “ripped off” one of them. The desperate interplay between the men takes the form of a kind of “profane poetry” which hilariously, yet tragically, reflects both the brutal business environment they inhabit and how their own actions tend to reinforce their position in life. The reading will feature three veteran actors with great facility with the material – Stanley Spenger (president of Actors Ensemble), George Killingsworth, and Shawn Lesniak, and is presented in a “pay what you can” format – Don’t miss this unique opportunity!