Connor Buckley '11 Lands Off Broadway Role
Posted March 21, 2012
Former Delbarton Abbey Player Connor Buckley '11, a student at NYU's Steinhardt School, has landed a role in the world premier of Tennessee William's last full length play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere (a phrase from an Elinor Wylie poem, "Now Let No Charitable Hope"). Tony winner Shirley Knight stars as Clarissa 'Babe' Foxworth and Buckley plays the role of Playboy. The play is directed by David Schweizer and begins performances at off-Broadway's Culture Project on April 6 through May 26. Opening night is April 16. Find ticket information here.
Tennessee Williams worked on various versions of the play from perhaps as early as 1970 until near his death in 1983. In a 1981 interview, he called the play then in progress "important," "extremely funny," and "bizarre as hell." In the play he explores surreal themes and flamboyant characters who are, according to the show's website, "thrust into a mystery world, defined by disorientation and paranoia, where they are held captive by omnipotent corporate forces. A cast of bizarre characters enters their increasingly threatening environment, and tensions reach a fever pitch as trust among the three protagonists begins to disintegrate."
An experienced actor, singer and dancer, Buckley has previously performed in a diverse repertoire that includes Amahl & The Night Visitors, Footloose, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me Kate, The Screwtape Letters, New voices Concerts (Paper Mill Playhouse), Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Hansel & Gretel, Anything Goes, The Boyfriend. In film he has appeared in The Red Robin, The Last Days of April, Running Backwards, Where Do Babies Come From, MTV "Men of Science". He trained at the Paper Mill Playhouse Conservatory, CAP-21, and NYU's Steinhardt Musical Theatre.
Delbarton salutes actor Connor Buckley '11 on landing a role in a world premier off- Broadway production. Go Wave Actors!