Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents:


Playhouse Theatre | $40 Adult | $38 Senior/Youth

Jan. 31 - Mar. 3 | Thursdays - Saturdays, 8p & Sundays, 3p

Show Details

by John Patrick Stanley
Directed by BTE Ensemble member, Kurt Naebig

Power, love and responsibility – who owns it, who wants it and who deserves it. A 1971 Marine Corps base becomes a collision course over race, women and the exacting cost of doing the right thing.

The New York Times writes, “As thoughtful and probing as Doubt. An arresting, ambitious tale of race relations and the military mindset, filled with the provocative questions and bristling with dialogue for which John Patrick Shanley, a fierce moral sage, is known.” 

“Spellbinding. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but John Patrick Shanley has followed up “Doubt”, the best play of 2004-05, with a play of identical quality.” – Wall Street Journal

View the show program here:

View a study guide for Defiance here:

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Contains adult themes and language. 

We’re having a mini-fundraiser on the closing day of “Defiance.” Visit the WoodGrain Neapolitan Pizzeria, Oberweis, or That Burger Joint at 515 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL between 11a and 9p on SUNDAY MAR. 3. When you mention Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, they will donate a portion of your check back to us!

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