November 2nd - 18th, 2017
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents
the Western New York premiere of...
by Greg Kalleres
Directed by Gary Earl Ross*
Starring Marcus Thompson, Shawnell Tillery,
Jacob Sauer, Sean Marciniak, & Bekki Sliwa
November 2nd - 18th, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets $30.00 general admission
or $25.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can!
here to purchase tickets online for all shows
"You wanna know how we beat Nike? Hmmm?
When it's white kids killing each other for our shoes.
THEN we win."
For the second show in our 15th season of radical theatre, we're thrilled to present the regional premiere of HONKY by Greg Kalleres. Sometimes you gotta laugh at just how bigoted America really is and this play has the guts to do it. It's a deliriously irreverent black comedy that jeers at the sheer lunacy of the racism and exploitation that swirl around us every day... it will get howling with laughter at the rest of the world... but don't be too surprised if you end up laughing at yourself.
This 2013 nothing-is-sacred satire takes us into a corporate world that proudly boasts about its commitment to equality... but when a black teen in the hood is killed over a pair of sneakers, profits shoot through the roof for the shoe company. The white president of the company is drooling over the marketing possibilities, but the black designer of the shoe and the white director of the shoe commercial are racked with guilt. They turn to a black woman therapist who has a simple solution: pop more pills! Add in two angry black youths, the whitest girl on the planet, and the restless spirits of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and you've got the ingredients for an explosive subversive comedy with a message that's needed all too seriously in our prejudiced world.
"You have some power now! It's time to use it. Time to look at the world and say, 'Shit, you ain't even close.'"
(or, at least, what he says in THIS play during a drug-induced hallucination)
Subversive Theatre is thrilled to welcome back our Associate Artistic Director Gary Earl Ross* to direct this wild endeavor. An educator, novelist, journalist, and award-winning playwright, Ross's plays have been a staple at our theatre for the last several years. Ross's last time in the director's chair was for our acclaimed production of THE MOUNTAINTOP in 2014 and we're honored to have him back at the helm with another daring race-relevant production.
The cast features the acting talents of Shawnell Tillery (last seen at Subversive in Ross's THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN), Marcus Thompson, Jr., (last seen in this season's opener IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE), Jacob Sauer, (RHINOCEROS and Ross' THE GUNS OF CHRISTMAS), Sean Marciniak* (THE SHAPE OF THINGS, YOU CAN'T GET A DECENT MARGARITA AT THE NORTH POLE), and Bekki Sliwa (A MAN'S A MAN, THE MOTHER) opposite Subversive first-timer Lamont Singletary.
Behind the scenes, costume design is by Maureen Caputo* with sound & video design by Bob Van Valin*, lighting design by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, and scenic art & illustrations by J. Tim Raymond*.
"Out there it may be racist to say that poor black people like malt liquor, fried chicken, and McDonalds.
But in here? It's just a Power Point presentation."
HONKY runs November 2nd - 18th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. All shows are in our home venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.
are $30.00 general admission or $25.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre
members. As always, all Thursday shows are pay-what-you-can.
For more information call 716-408-0499
where you can also leave reservations and/or questions for your comrades at
Subversive Theatre. Reservations will be held up till five minutes before
showtime. Tickets can also be purchased right here online, just click here.
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