Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Money, race, love, trust, and fear are at the door—buzz us in. Jackson went to all the right schools, has the perfect job, an amazing girlfriend, and just moved into a fantastic apartment in his old neighborhood; only it's not—and when he invites his best friend to stay with them, they come face to face with the tensions that hide inside and out.

Directed by Anita Montgomery and featuring Andrew Lee Creech, Chelsea LeValley and Spencer Hamp, this darkly funny new play by Tracey Scott Wilson, co-presented with AJ Epstein Presents, is what The Chicago Tribune  calls “a sizzling drama about race, real estate and sexual betrayal.”

Age recommendation: 13+
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audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

Photo by Tiffany Diamond Photography

Cast

Andrew Lee Creech as Jackson
Andrew is a locally-grown writer, performer, and hip-hop artist. His work as a writer has been seen on stages in Seattle with Spin the Bottle (Annex Theatre), New Works Festival (Fantastic.Z Theatre Company), and at Theatre Southwest in Houston, Texas. Most recently, he performed in Wonderful Life (ArtsWest). Past Credits: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (ACT), Passing Strange (Sidecountry Theatre and ACTLab), Trouble in Mind (Intiman Theatre). In his free time, Andrew is sucked into the crazy world of comic book nerdom. He loves B-movies, sports, and cats. 

Andrew Lee Creech

Chelsea LeValley as Suzy
Chelsea stepped off a greyhound from Ohio three years ago and found home in Seattle. She is thrilled to bring Tracy’s electric script to life on this stage! She was last at ACTLab with Endangered Species Project. She’s worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Intiman Theatre Festival, ArtsWest, and on the east coast at Hangar Theater (NY) and Open Space (NC). She has a B.F.A. in Music Theater from Elon University in 2011. Thank you, Anita, Spencer, Andrew: you make me better and make me laugh! Thank you Emutt and Margaret! Thank you for supporting live theatre! Jeremiah 29:11.

Chelsea LeValley
Spencer Hamp as Don
Spencer is very grateful to work on this fierce play, his first with West of Lenin and second in ACTLab. Recent credits include Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage and her Children, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company); The Three Sisters (The Seagull Project); and The Flick (New Century Theatre Company). Spencer is a company member of The Seagull Project and will play Trofimov in their 2017 production of The Cherry Orchard. In 2014, Spencer received a B.A. in Drama and Sociology from the University of Washington. Love and thanks to Andrew, Chelsea, and Anita!  
Spencer Hamp

Creative Team

 Anita Montgomery 
  Director 
 Pete Rush 
  Costume Designer
 Catherine Cornell 
  Scenic Designer 
 Dominic CodyKramers 
  Sound Designer
 Ariel Bui 
  Stage Manager
 Chris Mayse
  Assistant Stage Manager
 AJ Epstein
  Producer/Lighting Designer

Tracey Scott Wilson is Co-Producer of The Americans on FX. Recent productions include Buzzer at The Public Theater/NYSF, Pillsbury House Theater, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse; The Good Negro and The Story at The Public Theater/NYSF and Goodman Theater. Additional productions: Order My Steps for Cornerstone Theater’s Black Faith/AIDS project in Los Angeles; and Exhibit #9, which was produced in New York City by New Perspectives Theatre and Theatre Outrageous; Leader of the People produced at New Georges Theatre.

She earned two Van Lier Fellowships from the New York Theatre Workshop, a residency at Sundance Ucross and Sundance Theatre Laboratory, and is the winner of the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Award, the 2004 Kesserling Prize, the 2007 Weissberger Playwriting Award, the 2007 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, the 2009 writer-in-residence at the O’Neil National Playwriting Conference, and the 2014 Joyce Award. She has taught and guest lectured at several schools, including Brown University, Yale University, Rutgers University, and NYU. Buzzer, The Story and The Good Negro have been published by Dramatist Play Services. Ms. Wilson holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Temple University.

Post-Play Panels
Feb 11, following the evening performance
Join us for a post-play conversation with Buzzer’s director, Anita Montgomery.

Feb 14, following the matinee performance
Join us for a post-play conversation with Buzzer playwright Tracey Scott Wilson, moderated by director Anita Montgomery.

Feb 18, following the evening performance
Join us for a post-play conversation with Buzzer’s director, Anita Montgomery.

Community Forum
Feb 10, 6:00pm-7:30pm
The Hillman City Collaboratory
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Join us for a panel discussion with local community leaders. Topics include neighborhood gentrification, race relations, and other ideas raised in Ms. Wilson's play. Panelists include Jaebidiah Gardner, JD (Founder & CEO, GardnerGlobal, Inc) and Ubax Gardheere, MPA (Program Director, Puget Sound Sage). Full bios and details can be found here.

Community Forum
Feb 17, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Coyote Central
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Join us for a panel discussion with community leaders. Topics include neighborhood gentrification, race relations, and other themes raised in Ms. Wilson's play. Panelists include Amir Islam (Founder, United Hood Movement) and Sharon Chang (Author and Activist, The Seattle Globalist & FOCS - Families of Color Seattle). Full bios and details can be found here.