If You Can Get to Buffalo

by  Trish Harnetiaux

Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  8m or f

If You Can Get to Buffalo finally deflates the utopian pretenses of cyberspace by reminding us that human technology also carries in it its makers’ most craven impulses.” - Stage Raw

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If You Can Get to Buffalo

by  Trish Harnetiaux

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Few know that way back in the day, 1993 to be exact, a text-based social network “mansion” called LambdaMOO was hijacked by a “Mr. Bungle,” who single-handedly detonated the new world utopia by misbehaving most grievously at a virtual party. Somewhat based on the real story of the first instance of virtual rape, the attempt to deal with the perpetrator, and the awkward Charlie Rose episode that followed, If You Can Get to Buffalo explores our fascination with hiding behind a keyboard, the impulse to be bad, and the anonymity that made it all possible.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"A deep topically relevant exploration of cyber drama." - DC Metro Theater Arts, Read More 

"A fine morsel of eclectic humor. Fast moving and funny, witty and thought provoking, If You Can Get to Buffalo takes us back to the beginnings of the internet." - Discover Hollywood, Read More 

If You Can Get to Buffalo finally deflates the utopian pretenses of cyberspace by reminding us that human technology also carries in it its makers’ most craven impulses.” - Stage Raw

"The early ’90s was the dinosaur age of the Internet: Dial-up modems whined, the ‘information superhighway’ was common parlance, and multi-user dimensions – the fledgling ancestors of virtual worlds – were just emerging. Trish Harnetiaux isn’t nostalgic for that time in her new play, If You Can Get to Buffalo, but she makes an amusingly pertinent case for revisiting it, and more specifically, LambdaMOO, a nascent chatroom that witnessed one of the world’s first virtual crimes and began the debate on internet rights.” - Village Voice

“It is strange to think back on the internet as a text-based phenomenon, and Harnetiaux brilliantly captures the ambivalence of that moment right between the pre-internet world and our world, where we are inundated with it, drowning in it, allowing this now-ancient-seeming past to articulate the questions that are even more pressing today.” - City Paper

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

8m or f
“STARSINGER”
“DR. BOMBAY”
CHUCK PETAL
JULIAN
JOHN FROM THE NEW YORKER
“BAMBI”
WIFE
“BILL GATES”
“MAN”
“LEGBA” (Male)
“LEGBA”
“JUNIPER”
“MR. BUNGLE”
“PURPLE GUEST”/”GRENDLEFISH”
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

The cast should be played by 8 actors.

One actor plays “STARSINGER”, another “LEGBA”, another “JUNIPER”
The actor playing “DR. BOMBAY” also plays JULIAN
The actor playing JOHN (FROM THE NEW YORKER) also plays “BAMBI”
The actor playing WIFE also plays “BILL GATES” and “PURPLE GUEST”/”GRENDLEFISH”
One actor plays CHUCK PETAL
“MR. BUNGLE” plays “MAN” and “LEGBA” (Male)

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Authors

Trish Harnetiaux

Trish Harnetiaux’s full length plays include Tin Cat Shoes (Ars Nova / Playwrights Horizons SuperLab / Clubbed Thumb/ Summerworks), How to Get into Buildings (New Georges / The Brick / Soho Rep Lab), Welcome to the White Room (Theatre of NOTE) and If You Can Get to Buffalo (Incubator Arts Project / Son of Semele Ensemb ...

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If You Can Get to Buffalo premiered in a production by The Acme Company in Baltimore, MD in May 2013 under the direction of Eric Nightengale.

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