Where Are They Now?

By Carol Olechowski
Tom Junod
 Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, B.A.’90 (“Path to the Pulitzer Prize,” Fall 2015), returns to his first love – acting – starring this summer in the Dorset (Vermont) Theater Festival’s revival of American Buffalo. Guirgis will portray Don in the David Mamet drama.

The action in American Buffalo, notes the theater’s website, centers on “a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection.” Guirgis’ fellow UAlbany alum, John Rubin ’73, directs the play, which will run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2. Additional information, including a schedule of performances, is available online at http://dorsettheatrefestival.org/show/american-buffalo/.

As a UAlbany student, Guirgis changed his major three times before deciding to focus on theater. His mentors included professors Langdon Brown, Jarka Burian and Al Asermely. Roommate and fellow theater major Glenn Fleshler, B.A.’90, went on to star in the TV series "True Detective” and “Hannibal,” and has appeared in numerous feature films.

Guirgis’ plays include Jesus Hopped the A Train; In Arabia We’d All Be Kings; and Between Riverside and Crazy, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama.


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