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Neil Wechsler's ambitious 'Against the Grain' theater fest postponed

When Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler announced plans last year to produce his own outdoor adaptation of "Faust" at Silo City this summer using actors from across the Northeast as part of a new annual theater festival, it sounded almost too good to be true.

Turns out it was, at least for this year.

"Factors beyond our control have forced us to delay the production until the summer of 2015," Wechsler said in an email. "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to present Faust this summer, the extra time will allow us to present it more effectively next year."

Wechsler's Against the Grain Festival is meant to bring international attention to Buffalo's grain silos as potential sites for theatrical experimentation. It's also part of a trend to tie the city's artistic identity to the structures and to employ them as as symbols of a uniquely Buffalonian culture.

--Colin Dabkowski

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