In a cluttered, run-down Chicago junk shop, three small-time crooks plot to steal a valuable coin collection. As the heist unravels, the men's frustration and paranoia intensify. Ensemble member Amy Morton directs this groundbreaking American play that weaves humor and menace throughout an emotionally charged struggle for identity and dominance.

World-renowned playwright and Chicago-area native David Mamet has a successful writing and directing career in theatre, film and television. Steppenwolf has produced Mamet's productions of The Water Engine and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross (also directed by ensemble member Amy Morton). Amy Morton received a 2008 Best Actress Tony® nomination for Steppenwolf's August: Osage County on Broadway. Steppenwolf directing credits include Dublin Carol, The Weir, The Pillowman, Love-Lies-Bleeding (also Kennedy Center) and Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto).

Running Time

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes, including 1 Intermission

Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

The Cast

Program Articles

Big Shoulders, Small Change: American Buffalo in Chicago

Open the script of American Buffalo and you'll find the setting simply reads "Don's Resale Shop. A junkshop."

Designer's Notebook

Set Designer Kevin Depinet on the creation of the American Buffalo set

Letter from Artistic Director on American Buffalo

American Buffalo, David Mamet's 1975 play, set in Chicago, is the second production in our season of belief.

The Currency of a Classic

Director Amy Morton and Tracy Letts discuss American Buffalo with David New

Unfreezing the Play

Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.

Running Time

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes, including 1 Intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.