Buffalo Spree: Road Less Traveled

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / Buffalo Spree ) The Road Less Traveled Productions company of Buffalo has much to celebrate. As Buffalo Spree theater critic Darwin McPherson previewed on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning," the theater company has a new show coming up, and a visit from superstar Alec Baldwin to help fund their work.

Road Less Traveled Productions

St. Nicholas
Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre
January 28-February 19
Tickets: $15-$30
1-800-745-3000 / www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

The Return of Alec Baldwin
UB Center for the Arts
Fri., Jan. 27, 8pm
Tickets: $60-$75
1-800-745-3000 / www.ubcfa.org


Irish Classical Theatre Founder to Headline Area Premiere of St. Nicholas

BUFFALO, NY, December 12, 2011 – Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) today announced Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC) Founder & Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill will star in the Western New York premiere of Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas beginning on Saturday, January 28th, 2012. O’Neill’s performance in the one-man show will mark the first time the legendary Buffalo actor will appear onstage at RLTP’s Road Less Traveled Theater, located directly next door to ICTC’s Andrews Theater on Main Street in the historic Downtown Buffalo Theater District.

“Vincent was one of the first producers in Buffalo to give me a shot in this town in the late nineties,” said RLTP Executive & Artistic Director Scott Behrend, who will direct O’Neill in St. Nicholas . “I was fresh out of college, green and untested, but Vincent took a chance on me, and he’s been a dear friend and a mentor ever since.”

“Obviously,” continued Behrend, “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to collaborate with him on a production for a long time... and finally, with St. Nicholas, we have a perfect vehicle.”

St. Nicholas is a dark, frightening, yet also very funny “tall tale” woven and told by a jaded alcoholic theatre critic, played by O’Neill. “The critic relates to the audience his bizarre, hilarious, sometimes terrifying journey into the heart of
a sexy, sinister secret society of vampires,” said Behrend, adding that the role was originated in Ireland by famous stage and screen actor Brian Cox. “It’s a delicious, juicy role for Vincent to sink his teeth into.”

O’Neill is no stranger to the work of playwright McPherson, having starred in ICTC productions of macabre ghost stories The Weir and, most recently, Shining City.

“Returning to the work of Conor McPherson is akin to meeting an old Dublin friend again,” O’Neill remarked.

“I am a great believer that our vibrant theatre community grows even stronger through meaningful collaboration and cooperation between companies,” said O’Neill, “and it is a real pleasure to work on this exciting McPherson script with one of Buffalo’s most successful younger companies, Road Less Traveled Productions, under the direction of another old friend, Scott Behrend.”

Conor McPherson is the Irish-born author of eleven plays, including The Weir, Shining City, This Lime Tree Bower, Port Authority, The Seafarer, and The Good Thief, which RLTP presented in 2006 in a critically acclaimed production starring Buffalo-area actor Brian Riggs. McPherson is also the writer/director of the 2010 film The Eclipse.

St. Nicholas opens Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the Road Less Traveled Theater and runs through Sunday, February 19th, 2012. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.

There will be a special 7:00 PM performance Sunday, February 12th, 2012.

Tickets are available online at www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org or through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000.

About Road Less Traveled Productions
Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company founded in 2002 by Scott
Behrend with Jon Elston. RLTP is dedicated to the development and production of new theatrical works by Western
New York playwrights as well as presentations of esteemed modern dramas of outstanding literary merit. The Road
Less Traveled Theater is located at 639 Main Street, within the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, in the Downtown
Buffalo, NY Theatre District. Secure parking is available in the M&T Bank parking lot on Washington Street. Valid
parking stubs will be refunded at the concession stand. For subscription and ticketing information, please visit
www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org or call to make a reservation with the RLTP Box Office at (716) 629-3069.
RLTP’s work is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.