COWBOY, the powerful story of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal- NOW at Actors Temple Theatre

From the author of Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Layon Gray, Cowboy is the first full on western to hit a Broadway or off-Broadway stage in over 80 years.

Cowboy is set in 1888 Oklahoma Indian territory. The story follows Bass Reeves and his Indian companion as they search for two criminals fleeing to the Mexican border, one of whom Reeves has a death warrant for. They all find themselves stuck in an old saloon as a deadly tornado slowly approaches.

He is the greatest U.S. Deputy Marshal you’ve never heard of. Many scholars believe that Bass Reeve’s life inspired the Lone Ranger character.

“Playwright Layon Gray has a gift for turning a wide range of stories from Black history into engaging, thought-provoking 21st century drama. The title refers to yet another illustration of slavery’s legacy, a story that’s key to the play. After experiencing Cowboy, you may never hear the word the same way again.” – Miami Herald

Cowboy is everything audiences expect of a rousing western! Gray is a fine writer—as in Tennessee Williams, there’s a regional poetry in the characters’ communication, but he’s an even better director. – ” Florida Theatre Onstage

Cowboy is a theatrical wonder! Gives reason to go back to theatre.”- Miami Artzine

“The multitasking Gray is a memorable Bass Reeves, observant and clever and two steps ahead of everyone else. His speeches are key to the play’s richness and to the way it emotionally connects past and present.” – Artburst

MEET THE CAST: Layon Gray, Thaddeus Daniels,

Melvin Huffnagle, Lamar Cheston, Anthony Goss,

David Roberts, Clinton FaulknerCowboy Creative Team

Author: Layon Gray
Director: Layon Gray
Producer: Layon Gray
American Theatre Company
Choreographer: Diego Villada
Light Design: Mitch Ost
Set Design: Josh Iacovelli


Performances Wednesdays at 7 pm/ Saturdays at 4:30 pm
Special performances

Thursdays- Dec 22/ 29 at 7 pm

Special Information: Gunshots and strobe lights are used in this production.

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Actors Temple Theatre

339 West 47th Street
Between 8th and 9th Avenue
New York NY 10036