The East coast premier of Samantha Macher's play that the NOHO Arts District called, "compelling, stark, and bitterly funny."

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The Story

This is a story about two damaged robots waiting to be
rescued. It's also a story about humanity, like all good science fiction is.

Reset takes a hard look at what it means to be human in a not-too-distant future where machines can have feelings and dreams, just like us. In the tradition of Golden Age scifi (with more than a little Samuel Beckett mixed in), borne out of a world on the edge and attempts to reconcile the horrors of reality with philosophies about ideals, Reset offers a Socratic dialogue for the modern age.

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Mike Doben:  Director

Mike  is the Co-Artistic Director of Buffalo United Artists, Buffalo’s only exclusively LGBTQIA+ theater company. He is also the Executive Director of 1666 Theatrical Productions. Mike has worked at Subversive Theatre Collective where he directed FAHRENHEIT 451 and MERCURY FUR. For the latter he garnered an Artie nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Mike has also worked on the Road Less Traveled production staff in the capacity of Stage Manager and Assistant Director. He is thankful to be a part of First Look Buffalo’s first full season of theater, owing special thanks to Bob Rusch and Drew McCabe for the opportunity.

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Madeline Allard-Dugan

Marilyn is so excited to be making her First Look debut in RESET and OVERLAY. Born and raised in rural Corning, NY, Madeline grew up performing in Church, School, and Community Theater plays. She came to Buffalo after High School to study Television Film Arts and Dance at SUNY Buffalo State. Since her graduation in 2018, she has worked very intently with the Dance, Theater, and Film Community in Buffalo. Theater credits include the following. For Paul Robeson Theater; NATIVE SON (Mary Dalton), and THE SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY (Becky/White Woman). For Aurora Players; DEARLY DEPARTED (Lucille), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Doris Walker), and AMATEURS (Mona). For Alleyway; FACTORY FOR MURDERERS (Hadassah). For 1666 Productions;  THE RAVEN (Lenore/Raven/Choreographer) and THE BLIND AUDITION (Jane). Madeline also was cast in the pro-roster of Comedy Sportz this year. For Film, she has been in a few commercials and was the main actress's stand-in for the independent film, CABRINI, last summer. When she's not on set or stage, she works as a baker for Kaylena Marie's. She would like to thank Drew, Bob, John, and Mike for this amazing opportunity. "Thank you Mom, Dad, Linda and Mike Dugan for your continued support. And thank you to my wonderful husband, Trevor. I would be nothing without you. Enjoy the show!"

Jacob Applegate (Alex Teagan):

As a Buffalo Native, Jacob is extremely excited to be making his debut within the Buffalo Theatre Community as Alex Teagan in FirstLook Buffalo Theatre’s premiere play RESET! Recently graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a BFA in Theatre and Acting, Jacob has performed in a variety of roles in plays and musicals such as Cliff Bradshaw in CABARET, Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN, and George Lewis in ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Having also minored in Creative Writing, Jacob loves to write poetry and fiction, and aspires to publish his own collection of poems and short stories. Jacob would like to thank his family, friends, and his co-workers who all continuously show active support of his accomplishments. He would also like to extend a special thanks and dedicate his performance to a fellow co-worker and mentor, Jack Do, who consistently challenges Jacob to be a better bartender, writer, actor, and man.


Lighting Designer:  Kurt Schniderman


Graphic Designer:  Jason Yates


Video Designer/Editor:  Anthony J Grande   


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