American Buffalo

New York: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1976. Draft script for the 1977 Broadway play, dated 1976, which premiered at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 6, 1977, then moved to the Belasco Theatre on April 12, 1977 and closed on June 11, 1977, for a total of 122 performances. Copy belonging to actor Jim Staskel, who was a stand-in for Kenneth McMillan’s character Donny, with his copious holograph annotations throughout.

A gruff junk shop owner sells a buffalo nickel to a customer, but when he comes to believe it has value, he and his friends hatch a plot to steal it back. Playwright David Mamet’s Broadway debut, after first premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1975, and off-Broadway at the St. Clement’s Theatre in 1976. Nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Play for Ulu Grosbard. Basis for the 1996 film directed by Michael Corrente and starring Dustin Hoffman, and revived twice on Broadway, in 1983 and 2008.

Orange titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers, with credits for playwright David Mamet. Title page present, dated 1976, with credits for playwright Mamet. 145 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-57. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Fair, bound with two gold brads.

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