It’s not often that we see the name of Stephen McKinley Henderson, the Buffalo-based actor and University at Buffalo professor, on the playbill for a local production.

But Henderson, who has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” and an impressive list of other projects, has found time to direct Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s production of Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Gruesome Playground Injuries.”

The show, which opens tonight in the BLT’s home in Hilbert College’s Swan Auditorium (5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg), features BLT founders Taylor Doherty and Kathleen Golde. They play two characters whose lives intersect in strange and often unexpected ways across a 30-year span.

Henderson, Doherty and Golde have been working on the play in fits and starts since the summer because of Henderson’s schedule.

“We knew that it was going to be a challenge, because at any moment, he was getting a call from Steven Spielberg,” Doherty said. But the opportunity to work with Henderson, he added, has been well worth it. “Even if nobody in the world knew that Steve was the director of what we’re doing, it would still be the opportunity for us that we’ve always wanted.”

Tickets to the show, which runs through Feb. 9, are $20 general or $15 for seniors and students. Call 202-9033 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski