Saturday, March 31, 2012

American Repertory Theater of WNY
Written By Tracy Letts

Directed By Matthew LaChiusa
Featuring Patrick Cameron; David C Mitchell; Stephanie Bax; Jessica Wegryzn; Scot Kaitanowski
Buffalo East
1410 Main Street

April 13th-May 5th

Buffalo, NY--With the fourth show of the 2011-12 season, American Repertory Theater of WNY presents the Americana psycho-drama, KILLER JOE at the Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street from April 13th to May 5th. This hyper-active story of destain, desperation, murder and Texas is written by Tracy Letts, who is best recognized for his 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

With the background of a Texan trailer home, Chris Smith (played by Patrick Cameron) owes $6,000 to folks who aren't in the business of making long-term loans. He convinces his pot-smoking father ANSEL (Scot Kaitanowski) and the queen of the damned, step-mother, SHARLA (played by Stephanie Bax) that they could make some fast money by cashing in on his own mother's life-insurance policy. Seeing that this could only be done by having her actually dead, CHRIS enlists the services of hired executioner, KILLER JOE COOPER (played by David C Mitchell) to perform this part of the plan. Since the family does not have the upfront service fee, KILLER JOE decides to keep CHRIS' sister DOTTIE (played by Jessica Wegryzn) as full-time "retainer". Agreed, everything seems to go according to CHRIS' plan until the real plan backfires on him, and he decides to skip town with DOTTIE.

First produced in 1993 by the Next Lab, KILLER JOE is Tracy Letts' first play and gives a crisp, focused look into his writing style that evolved into other popular works including AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, BUGS and SUPERIOR DOUGHNUTS. "However, this work is not a warm glass of milk with a nice sugary doughnut," cautions Executive/Artistic Director Matthew LaChiusa, "This is a three-alarm bowl of chili served with a 16 oz can of PBR. It's what Letts is all about."

Opening on April 13th (Friday), KILLER JOE is a 2- ticket ride through an Americana poor-working white family funhouse that reflects a type of society filled with anti-heroes, sociopaths and frauds that make up early-21st century American versions of role models. Ticket prices are $15/$12 for Students & Military/$10 Industry.

Showdates & Times

April 12th (preview--free to public)
April 13th, 14th (7:30 pm)
April 19th, 20th & 21st (7:30 pm)
April 26th, 27th & 28th (7:30 pm)
May 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th (7:30 pm)

For further information or to order tickets please visit ART's website at or call 634-1102 (9am to 4:30 pm M-Sat).


With Singer and Storyteller Tiger Tom Walsh
Call 716-400-1755
“In his inspiring capacity as Singer and Storyteller, “Tiger” Tom Walsh springs his Stories and Songs to life in a rich and unique celebration of Childhood Merriment and Good Old Fashion Fun down on the farm!”
Singer and Storyteller Tiger Tom Walsh lets everyone join in the fun as he tells tall tales and sings silly songs with his “Life on the Farm” Kid’s and Family Show ©. Within his unique show, involving Action and Silly Songs, Storytelling, Movement, Laughter, Sing-a-long, Props, Audience Participation and Hand Clapping, Tiger Tom Walsh is both exciting, involving and at the end of the show, everyone goes away with a smile on their face!
Tiger Tom Walsh entertains and educates with the hilarity of interactive music and songs from down on the farm.
Through the local Farm and Agricultural Bureau in your state, Tiger Tom Walsh receives handouts as give-a-ways to all attending and kids love give-a-ways. (Based on availability per agency - limitations)
For over 25 years, Tiger Tom Walsh has entertained and delighted audiences with Children and Family Entertainment Programs for Community events, Fairs and Festivals across the United States and Canada.
A Qualified Member of the Arts and Enrichment programs and the Boces Arts in Education programs throughout New York State.
Theme programs include: “Life on the Farm” Kid’s and Family Show –Everyone joins in the fun as I tell tall tales and sing silly songs about my life on the farm. Also “Christmas on the Farm”, “Winter on the Farm”, “Halloween on the Farm” and “Teddy Bear Picnic on the Farm”.
Performance area: Tiger Tom Walsh will hang large quilts, backdrops and several large flags with his “life on the Farm” theme behind and in the performance area. Very nice!
Show length 40 minutes.
Shows can accommodate Stage, Large Groups, Community events, and are age appropriate.
See a Video sample of Singer and Storyteller Tiger Tom Walsh on
Singer and Storyteller Tiger Tom Walsh
For performance cost and availability
or call 716-400-1755.
MAIL: P.O. Box 72, E. Amherst NY 14051

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