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
by Christina M. Ham
Directed by Kelly
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
illustrated with telling dialogue... We get to know each young lady as an
--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
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.
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.
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
Lighting Design is by Emily
Pedersen* with Set Design by Michael
Lodick* and Sound Design by Kelly
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
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.
more information, call Subversive Theatre at 716-408-0499.