Buddy Cop 2


In this town, nothing is what it seems. Or is it? When a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. They're celebrating Christmas…in August. Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this quirky & slightly sinister tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer is one holiday event you won't want to miss. Didn’t catch Buddy Cop I? Neither did we.

Cyd Blakewell as Darlene
Gabriel Franken as Terry
Leah Radit as Brandi/Skylar
Joe Zarrow as Don
and Lin Brehmer as Radio Announcer

“ Anyways, we all know how important it is to give. Skylar and the whole town of Shandon has really taught me about the true importance of Christmas. It’s not the gifts or even about getting things you want, it’s about giving. Making a sacrifice. And knowing in your heart what to do.”

“READER RECOMMENDED” - Jack Helbig; Chicago Reader

“Buddy Cop 2 This sly drama, developed at Brooklyn-based theater the Debate Society and mounted here by the Pavement Group, begins as a depiction of holiday celebrations in small-town Indiana, and then, borrowing a page from David Lynch, rips off the mask to reveal a darker America underneath. To achieve this, director Cassy Sanders has assembled a pitch-perfect team of artists and production staff—Megan Truscott's scenic design, for example, brilliantly creates the illusion of space within a tiny black-box theater. But the three who deserve the most praise are the trio at the center of the story: Cyd Blakewell, Gabriel Franken, and Joe Zarrow, playing three small-minded but well-meaning small-town cops, each of whom wants desperately to turn the story of a young girl dying of a mysterious disease at Christmas into a heartwarming made-for-TV movie.” - Jack Helbig; Chicago Reader

Pavement Group is a Chicago based collaborative of theatre artists who seek emerging voices to produce fresh, unconventional plays that make contact with a new generation. We commit ourselves to immediate and immersive work and aspire to create experiences that can unlock a conversation between the audience and their humanity.

The Debate Society is an Obie Award winning, Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos (writer/performer), Paul Thureen (writer/performer) and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The company specializes unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds. The Debate Society’s plays include Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/Under The Radar/Williamstown Theater Festival), Buddy Cop 2 (Ontological-Hysteric Incubator; published by Samuel French), You’re Welcome(The Brick; published by Playscripts), Cape Disappointment (PS122; published by Samuel French and in PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS), The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen and A Thought About Raya. The Debate Society trio are recipients of a 2012 Obie Grant, 2013 Obie Award (Paul Thureen; Performance - Blood Play), NEFA National Theater Project Grant, Sundance Institute Fellows, winners of a 2010 “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater” and the 2012 Ars Nova Company in Residence. They are currently working on commissions from Arts Nova and Playwrights Horizons.

Director: Cassy Sanders
Production Manager: Mary Krupka
Stage Manager: Caitlin O'Rourke
Assistant Stage Manager: Rob Onorato
Scenic Designer: Megan Truscott
Sound Designer: Jeff Kelley
Props Designer: Aimee Plant
Lighting Designer: Emma Deane
Costume Designer: Brenda Winstead
Technical Director: Michael Sanow