Buffalo Nights Theatre Company was formed in 1991 out of a group of UCLA students and recent alumni in an effort to continue to present quality theatre to the Los Angeles community. With each production we strive to provide everyone involved, from actors to audience, a theatrical journey inspiring new perspectives. Buffalo Nights sprang from an idea where we as actors could continue to keep working on our craft and at the same time create theatre that was imaginative, provocative, and entertaining; to return to a time when going to the theatre was considered a special, cultural event and not merely as a way for members of the entertainment industry to find new talent.
Over the past five years alone, Buffalo Nights productions have won nine Drama-Logue Awards, three LA Weekly Awards including revival Production of the Year in 1997 (Modgliani), a Garland Award, three Robby Award nominations, and many "Critics' Choices","Picks of the Weeks" and "Bests of the Weekends" from all the major Los Angeles media and publications. Our last season of two shows were both critical and audience successes, both receiving 'Pick of the Week' honors in the LA Weekly and 'Critic's Choice' in the LA Times. The were the "lively and playful" production of Jean Giraudoux's The Apollo of Bellac (Garland Award-"Production of the Year", and nominated for seven LA Weekly Awards), which the LA Times said" J.M. Higgins' perfect staging for Buffalo Nights Theatre Company evokes the wit, insight and poetic virtuosity in this stylish parable" and Arthur Schnitzler's Anatol, in which Backstage West raved, " a romantic comedy which is beguilingly colorful, and the crispness of the presentation is neatly juxtaposed with rich psychological awareness and an attention to character detail. The acting is superb."
In addition to staging revivals of interesting theatrical pieces and lesser known works by important playwrights, Buffalo Nights has also focused on new works, including resident playwright Ethan Lipton's award winning, critically acclaimed production of Meat, which premiered at the Powerhouse Theatre in the Spring of 1996. The show garnered three Drama-Logue awards for directing and acting. The critics raved: LA Weekly (Pick of the Week) said"... an ingenious little fable ... full of bright funny performances." The LA Times called the show "Best of the Weekend".
We are also proud to announce our recent partnership with the Powerhouse Theatre, located in Santa Monica. We are now the official resident theater company at the Powerhouse. We have also ventured into teaching, leading youth groups and students in improvisation and dramatic workshops. You can find many of our company members on the small and big screen, as well. (A few of our members have even gone on to produce and direct their own feature films). Check the "company bios" page. Finally, and most importantly, we at Buffalo Nights are still and will always be committed to bringing quality, challenging, and innovative stories to the Los Angeles stage.