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American Buffalo

  • American Buffalo
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Marysville, WA
  • Project Begins: Nov 13, 2018
  • Project Ends: Feb 3, 2019

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  • Contact Person: Scott Randall
  • Primary Phone: 3603227402
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  • Mailing Address:

    9315 State Ave
    ste J
    Marysville, WA 98270

    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    9315 State Ave #J
    Marysville, WA 98270

American Buffalo has been described as a “wild amusement park ride that never ends”. Motivations can crystalize in a single word; intent pivots in an unspoken pause; a deceptively simple line reveals a character’s deeply troubling, complex history; and a throw away aside can foreshadow impending sinister action. Prior to the curtain rise, in a small Chicago junk shop a coin collector stumbles across an old buffalo head nickel and purchases it. Later, coming to believe that the coin was worth far more than the purchase price and feeling he has been unfairly taken advantage of the shop owner, Don, becomes determined to steal the coin back. He elicits help from his young protege, Bobby, and Teach, a paranoid and violent braggart. The three conspirators fancy themselves as businessmen pursuing the legitimate concerns of free enterprise. However in reality, they are merely small time crooks, and all of their plotting and best laid plans amount to less the five cents. The play is a futile, verbal exercise that finally erupts when their collective failures becomes apparent and the frustration of perceived injustice becomes too much to bear.

Red Curtain supports visibility and diversity in casting, and we encourage our directors to consider unconventional casting when permitted by the playwright and publisher.


Other details:
We are in the same shopping center as Goodwill, with our entrance around back, behind the cosmetology school.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
The role of Donny has already been cast

BOB (or BOBBY) MALE, under 30. Bobby is perhaps the most important character on stage during the course of the events as they unfold. He is definitely the catalyst for the changes and discovery’s all the character’s go through. He is described in the playwright’s own word as a “gopher". Mamet chooses his words very carefully and the dual meaning of this word is either an assistant who "goes for" things, or a rodent who burrows through the ground to reach a desired location. So Bob quite literally inhabits an ‘underground’ world. This world is one Bob where things aren’t what they seem to be. In fact Bob is not whom he seems to be. At first glance it would be easy to write him off as a drug addled addict but there is much much more to Bobby than meets the eye.

The director is interested in casting Bobby with an actor who would identify as neurodiverse. This is not written into the script, but actors who fit this description are encouraged to apply.

WALTER (or TEACH) MALE, will consider any age. Teach is like a shark swimming in an ocean. Relentless. Introduce bloody chum and he becomes ruthless. His current situation is driven by a crisis in his pockets. Namely they are empty. He refers to living in a hotel so he is one step away from homeless.The fact that he has a bed in a hotel says that he more than like has been in this desperate situation for a while - as he obviously doesn’t have a bed of his own - or a room to set it in. He lost a bankroll in the poker game the night prior to the morning when the play opens so he is a ‘hungry’ shark. There is a painful truth that lies in the heart of Walter. Something deep but also very much just below the surface. A thing he is in constant battle with. ‘Teach” creates an entire mythos or mask that covers the truth and true nature. He employs at every step, misdirection, bravado, an unwillingness to take personal responsibility and an almost narcissistic overconfidence in own abilities.

Relationship - Bob is Don’s gopher and Don considers himself to be a mentor to him. Teach (Walter) is a long time friend and regular at high stakes poker games held after hours in the rear of the shop.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Nov 13 and 14

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Audition Requirements:
cold readings (monologues optional)

Monetary compensation:
There is no pay

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