February 08 - March 03, 2013 in the Dowling Studio

They say you can never go home again, but African American attorney Jackson is determined to show off his success. When he returns to the mean streets of his youth with his white girlfriend and best friend, he discovers a changing neighborhood where race, sex and class are what everyone is thinking about but no one is confronting. This piercing dark comedy was universally praised as “important," “compelling” and “hilarious and tragic” during its sold-out world premiere production at Pillsbury House Theatre in 2012.


"Director Marion McClinton's work in Buzzer is like that of a master DJ. He segues quickly and seamlessly between scenes while keeping everything and everyone in balance and in the groove. His quick-change work, complemented by the superb performances of a magnificent trio of actors, sharpens the tensions in Tracey Scott Wilson's compelling new drama." ~ Star Tribune

"(Buzzer) deals with issues swirling around race and gentrification head-on, but it truly makes its case with the thorny, complex relationships among the three characters." ~ City Pages


Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes. The play will be performed without an intermission.
There is no late seating or re-entry for Buzzer.

Seating in the Dowling Studio is general admission and begins 30 minutes before curtain.

This production contains adult language and themes. 


Namir Smallwood
Sara A. Richardson
Hugh Kennedy

Artistic Staff

Marion McClinton
Set Designer
Dean Holtzman
Costume Designer
Claire Brauch
Lighting Designer
Mike Wangen
Original Sound Designer
C. Andrew Mayer
 Sound Designer
Katherine Horowitz
 Fight Choreography
Heidi Batz Rogers
Stage Manager
Elizabeth R. MacNally
 Assistant Director
e.g. bailey
Props Manager
Kellie Larson


Buzzer production photo
Buzzer production photo
Buzzer production photo
Buzzer production photo
Buzzer production photo
production photos by Michal Daniel



Star Tribune: Tweaked 'Buzzer' rings lots of bells
AisleSay: Buzzer 


Minnesota Monthly: Backstage Banter with Hugh Kennedy and Namir Smallwood
Star Tribune
: 'Buzzer' playwright Tracey Scott Wilson tries her hand at tv drama.
Star Tribune
: "Love, sex and race," 2012 feature on Buzzer.

Buzzer named among the Best of 2012!

Twin Cities Daily Planet
Star Tribune
City Pages

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