American Buffalo
by David Mamet
Directed by Shawn Dooley
Audition dates:
Sunday, June 25, 7:00 pm
Monday, June 26, 7:00 pm

Performances run from September 1 through October 7
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

About the Show

Directed by Shawn Dooley, David Mamet's drama, American Buffalo, is a subterranean world with its own nonliterate comic beat, life-and-death struggles, pathos and even affection... In American Buffalo, he has created a deceptively small-scale tragedy that is packed with the power to explode the largest of American myths.

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 is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.

The 1977 Broadway production was nominated for two Tony Awards: Best Direction of a Play and Best Scenic Design. Among the actors who have performed on stage in this stage production are: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, William H. Macy (first as Bobby and then as Teach), Damien Lewis (from Homeland) and John Goodman. It was adapted to the big screen in 1996 starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz.

Director Shawn Dooley is looking to cast a total of 3 men for the show. The characters are described as follows:

  • DONNY DUBROW - Late 50s. The owner of Don's Resale Shop. Appears to be the most competent of the three characters on stage.
  • WALTER COLE - Late 30s-40s. Called Teacher, a friend, and associate of Donny's. Teach acts with the bravado of a confident thief, when in reality he, in fact, has little clue of what to do.
  • BOBBY - 20s. Bob is Don’s “gopher” and serves him in the dual capacities of coffee-fetcher and surrogate son. He frequently borrows money from Don to support a drug habit. Slow-witted and dull.


    Performances will be Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, September 1 - October 7, 2017 . Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Head shots are not required.

    Auditions are open to anyone interested, there are no appointments necessary.
    Persons interested in assisting with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.
    The Riverfront Playhouse is a 501C3 not for profit charitable organization that presents non-equity productions. Participants in productions are not compensated for their appearances nor do we charge our performers to become a member of the Riverfront playhouse.
    The Riverfront Playhouse is a Non-Equity production house.