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  "Theatre is just an empty box and it is our job to fill it with fury and ecstasy... and with revolution." 

-Oliver Wells
2006

May 22nd - June 1st, 2013
at the Manny Fried Playhouse


for the third installment of our annual "Subversive Youth Series"  
we're proud to present...

 
FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963
by Christina M. Ham
 
Directed by Kelly Beuth*
featuring student actors of Buffalo's Performing Arts High School

May 22nd - June 1st, 2013
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Please Note: no show Friday, May 31st
Tickets $12.00 General Admission
Admission for all Wednesday performances is pay-what-you-can

 
 
"Joyfully illustrated with telling dialogue... We get to know each young lady as an individual."
--Twin Cities Daily Planet

    To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most painful moments of the Civil Rights Movement, Subversive Theatre is honored to present the new docu-drama FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 by Christina Ham as the third installment of our Subversive Youth Series.

    This touching hour-long play takes a powerful look back at the all-too-true story of four young black girls -- Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collin -- whose lives were brutally cut short when segregationist fanatics bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

    Originally commissioned and produced by the Stepping Stone Theatre of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011, FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 weaves together an artful blend of song and dialogue to show us the beauty of the hopes and dreams of each of these promising young children... and the ugliness of the segregated world around them.  A touching tribute and an unforgettable history lesson, this searing plays dares to examine what it's like to be a child in the most extreme circumstances.

    Our production of FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 is directed by Kelly Beuth*.  A drama teacher at Buffalo's Performing Arts High School and also the Director of our Subversive Youth Program, Ms. Beuth is proud to be working with a long list of her Performing Arts students in the cast including Kajana Stover as Denise McNair, Tashani Wiggins as Cynthia Wesley, Tamia Horton as Carole Robertson, and Diamond Turner as Addie Mae Collins.  The rest of the ensemble features Travis LeFevre, Molly Alessi, Vernia Garvin, Daniel Henderson, Perris Fortson, Kelah Winfield, Zharia Lugo, and Hanifah Habeeb. 

     Lighting Design is by Emily Pedersen* with Set Design by Michael Lodick* and Sound Design by Kelly Beuth*.

     FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 runs May 22nd through June 1st with performances Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm at Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue, The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.  Please note: there is no performance Friday, May 31st. 

    Tickets are $12 general admission.  For both Wednesday shows, admission is pay-what-you-can.

    For more information, please visit our website at www.subversivetheatre.org or give us a call at 716-408-0499.

 

ABOUT OUR "SUBVERSIVE YOUTH SERIES"

    Launched in 2011, our "Subversive Youth Series" annually offers teenaged actors and artists the chance to perform daring plays that speak directly to the challenging issues that affect young people both past and present.  This Program began with a student directed & performed production of Jonathan Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM! in 2011.  Last year's edition was a heart-rending rendition of BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD by William Mastrosimone taking on the all-too-relevant subject of gun violence in America's schools.

    All of us at Subversive Theatre are deeply proud to host this sorely needed program.  We see it as a very crucial opportunity to give voice to the issues facing our youth today and a very important addition to the many annual programs that Subversive Theatre has to offer our audiences.  It is an honor to see it continue to grow and develop each year.

    For more information, call Subversive Theatre at 716-408-0499.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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