Also on the slate is an August 24–September 2 staging of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's American Buffalo, co-starring fellow Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy, The Motherf**ker With the Hat) and Treat Williams (Golden Globe Award nominee for Hair). Set in a Chicago junk shop, the 1977 drama, according to the Festival, concerns “three small-time crooks [who] plot to rob a man of his coin collection. These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise, but they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end pipe dreams.” John Gould Rubin directs.
In addition to Downstairs, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt and also starring John Procaccino, and American Buffalo, the mainstage season will include the regional premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Jen Wineman (July 13–29); and the regional premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Stephen Brackett (August 3–19).
“We’re so excited to have incredible artists joining us throughout our season. Opening the Festival with brother and sister Tim and Tyne in Theresa Rebeck’s world premiere of Downstairs and ending it with Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis in the regional revival of David Mamet’s powerful classic American Buffalo is a great way to ring in the Festival’s 40th!,” said Artistic Director Dina Janis in a statement.
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