Buyer Beware

November 16-19, 2017 | Laurie Theater

by Michael Weller ‘65
Directed by Sam Weisman MFA ‘73

Two male actors; one seated wearing sunglasses, one standing and pointing.

One day, by total accident, Ron Avakian discovers something in the university archives that changes his life; the papers of a standup comic who died more than 50 years ago, Lenny Bruce.

Ron, a so-so student, unmotivated and lazy, is drawn to the power of Bruce’s sly, anarchic, ground-breaking humor, and fascinated that it caused police to arrest him, courts to charge him with obscenity, and free-speech advocates claim him as a hero. But even more surprisingly, Ron discovers that when he tries to create a cabaret tribute to Lenny Bruce, even 50 years after his death the comedian’s visionary take on life has the power to set off a chain of events at the university that, like a bolt of lightning, illuminates truths we would still rather hide in darkness.

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