ABOUT O’CONNELL & COMPANY
Our theatre at The Park School is located in the Helen Long Building, which is the first building on the right of the roadway into the campus, just beyond the parking lot. The theatre seats 94 maximum, with 77 seats on the main level and 17 seats on the balcony level. O’Connell & Company does not have office space in this building; therefore, our Ticket Counter in the Lobby is only open for ticket purchases on performance days, 30 minutes before showtime.
O’Connell & Company was founded in 1995 by Buffalo award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell. The Company was in residence at its own theatre, the Cabaret in the Square in Snyder, N.Y. until June 2008. During that time, O’Connell & Company grew into one of WNY’s most respected resident theatres. Performances have included: “Baby”, “Nunsense”, “Closer Than Ever”, “Passion”, “We’re Still Hot”, “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues”, “Musical of Musicals-The Musical”, “Buffalo ZINGS”, and the wonderfully popular O’Connell & Company original, “DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women!”, WNY’s longest-running production, which entered its 17th year in March 2015.
In April 2013, O’Connell & Company and The Park School of Buffalo announced an arts partnership that brought the Company to The Park School as the in-residence theatre beginning with the 2013-2014 Season. The Park School of Buffalo, a leader in progressive, project-based education in Western New York for more than 100 years, is located on Harlem Rd. in Snyder, NY. This new collaboration will bring new audiences and will provide an exceptional range of participation in professional theatrical work for the school as students will have the opportunity to audition for roles and be able to intern in technical, performance, production, design and docent positions for O’Connell & Company shows. This move brings O’Connell & Company back “home” to Snyder, where it’s journey began in 1995.
The 2017-2018 lineup of shows has been announced. As a flex-pass holder for two seasons with high school friends…O’Connell & Co. shows do not disappoint! Looking forward to another season of great local theatre at reasonable prices at a convenient location.
I’ll be honest: “Breast in Show” is a challenging show to watch. It’s poignant. It’s terrifying. If you’ve lost someone to cancer, it brings up things that you can’t watch (which is why I had to leave early). I can’t imagine the impact on cancer survivor or those who are powering through. All that being said, see it. Especially if you’ve never been touched by cancer before. Your eyes will open. You won’t be the same. This is the most important reason to support local theatre
We attended The Betsy Carmichael show Saturday evening and had a wonderful time! The cast was terrific and we are hooked on Betsy! The show was funny and fun! We loved the interaction. This was our first time at an O’Connell & Co. performance but we are planning on seeing many more. If Betsy decides to return again in the future, do yourselves a favor, DEARS, don’t miss her!
Some of the most entertaining theater in Buffalo! A great choice for theatergoers of any level!
’Connell & Company is a proud member of The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB). The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo is a consortium of Western New York professional theatre companies dedicated to promoting the welfare of its member organizations and the appreciation of the art of theatre.
TAB was founded in September 2004 when sixteen professional producing theatres from Western New York came together in an unprecedented and groundbreaking partnership. Since its inception, TAB has grown to over 20 member theatre groups governed by by-laws and elected officers. Regular monthly meetings and various committees have resulted in a shared database of over 75,000 contacts, allowing for a multitude of cross marketing initiatives to take place. Additionally, TAB rolled out its own website in March 2009, bringing a “one-stop” approach to finding information and links to its member organizations. For more information about TAB, please visit their website: http://www.theatreallianceofbuffalo.com
A promotional video was produced by TAB in 2011 to demonstrate the vibrance and importance of the WNY theatre community. To view this video, click on this link: BUFFALO: All the City’s a Stage.