Brown Buffalo

Artwork and Photo by Pedro Lujan

“Go to the World Above and find your body.”

Written by Carlos Morton

Directed by Juan Valenzuela


  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater: 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003

Website: FaceBook Event


Oscar “Zeta” Acosta, a prominent figure in Chicano Letters, died mysteriously in Mexico in 1974 at the age of 39.  His body was never found.  In this two act play the self-proclaimed “Brown Buffalo” is expelled from the Inframundo (underworld) by Native elders for being “too loud and profane.”  They command him to return to the world of the living in a quest to “find his body.”  In his search he interacts with the people he was closest to including ex-wife Sandy, son Daniel, and best friend/chief antagonist Raoul Duke who described Acosta as a “Samoan Attorney” in the book and movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

About the Playwright:

Carlos Morton has over one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad.  His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Companía Nacional de México, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company.  He is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983), Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992), The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996), Rancho Hollywood y Otras Obras del Teatro Chicano (1999), Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda (2004), and Children of the Sun: Scenes for Latino Youth (2008).  A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar and Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico and Poland, Morton holds an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.  Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States since 1981, teaching at universities in Texas, California and Mexico.  He is Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Hortencia Colorado
Marshal Factora
Alex Emanuel
Shan Sennerety
Anita Storr

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$5 suggested donation–the wine is on us.