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  "Our theatre is a throwaway theatre - un teatro da bruciare - a theatre which won't go down in bourgeois history, but which is useful, like a newspaper article, a debate, or a political action."

-Dario Fo
1974

Previous Productions 
The complete history of Subversive Theatre's 10 years of plays  

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information on that particular project

2013

December 5 - 21, 2013
YOU CAN'T GET A DECENT MARGARITA AT THE NORTH POLE
by Matt Hanf, Directed by Carlton Franklin*
Starring Paul McGinnis, Betsy Bittar, and Sean Marciniak*
 
Rudolph's unionizing reindeer and Mrs. Claus is packing heat in this new Holiday farce of SUBVERSIVE proportions!

November 1 - 23, 2013
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
by Neil LaBute, Directed by Annise Celano
Starring Candice Kogut* & Sean Marciniak
 
What is art?  What is love?  And what difference does it make in a world that only cares about 'the shape of things'?  An in-your-face play by America's leading in-your-face modern playwright.

September 12 - October 5, 2013
THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER
by Carson Kreitzer, Directed by Michael Lodick*
Starring Richard Lambert+, Wendy Hall, and Maria Nicole Held
 
He built them the most powerful weapon of all time...
they denounced him as a 'subversive.'

July 25 - August 10, 2013
for the 2013 Buffalo "infringement" Festival come this 1923 anti-war play that sounds all too similar to the current war in Afghanistan
A MAN'S A MAN
by Bertolt Brecht,
Directed by Bob Van Valin*

June 13 - July 7, 2013
the 7th installment of the world's only new American political play showcase
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2013
by multiple playwrights from all across America!

May 22-31, 2013
for the 3rd annual installment of our "Subversive Youth Performance Series"
FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963
by Christina M. Ham,
Directed by Kelly Beuth*
Starring students of Buffalo's Performing Arts High School

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 
for our 12th annual May Day Staged Reading...

THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
, Directed by Susan Forbes

April 26 - May 25, 2013
the stage version of the classic black & white film with a timeless message...
ON THE WATERFRONT
by Budd Schulberg,
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Richard Lambert+, Matthew Nerber, & Andrea Andolina
Presented at & in collaboration with the New Phoenix Theatre

March 8-31, 2013
the inspiring true-to-life one-man drama of the civil rights champion
CLARENCE DARROW
by David W. Rintels, Directed by Tom Loughlin
Starring James Ivey as history's notorious "Lawyer for the Damned"

January 10 - February 16, 2013
the Tony Award-winning modern masterpiece of political theatre
ANGELS IN AMERICA
"Millennium Aproaches" directed by Christopher Standart*,
"Perestroika" directed by Christian Brandjes  

Starring Brian Riggs, Megan Callahan*, Jonathan Shuey, Susan Drozd, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Jerrold Brown*, Tim Joyce, Brian Zybala*, Michael Votta, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Kristin Bentley, Geoff Pictor, Greg Howze, Adam Yellen, Becky Globus*, and MANY others!

 

2012

November 29 - December 15, 2012
a Subversive holiday romp about trailer park ladies, Jesus, and Elvis!
RADIO T.B.S.
by Mark L. Smith, Directed by Kelly Beuth
Starring Kate Olena, Lara Haberberger*, and Jane Cudmore*
Presented in collaboration with the Brazen Faced Varlets

October 25 - November 17, 2012
for the third installment of our "Black Power Play Series"
RADIO GOLF
by August Wilson, Directed by Victoria Perez*
Starring Alton Bowens, Candace Whitfield, and Carlton Franklin

September 6-29, 2012
Reprising the first show Subversive Theatre EVER performed back in 2002...
THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST
by Dario Fo, Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Todd Fuller, Becky Globus*, and Jack Agugliaro*

July 4, 2012 @ 7pm
a special one-night-only event for Imperialism Day!
DONNY QUIXOTE!
by the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army of Chapel Hill, N.C.

June 21 - July 15, 2012
the 6th installment of our new political play showcase
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2012
by multiple playwrights from all across America!

May 30 - June 9, 2012
our 2nd annual "Subversive Youth Series" presentation
BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD!
by William Mastrosimone
, Directed by Kelly Beuth*
Featuring students of Performing Arts High School

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 
for our 11th annual May Day Staged Reading...

CHE by Mario Fratti
Directed by Victoria Perez*   Starring Rolando Gomez as Che Guevarra!

April 20 - May 13, 2012
time for an outrageous gender-bending spoof!
SPEED THE PLOW
by David Mamet,
Directed by Christopher Standart* 
Starring Kevin Craig, Andrea Andolina, and Timothy Finnegan

March 15 - April 7, 2012
for installment #6 of our "Workers' Power Play Series"
opening just after what would've been Manny's 99th birthday

ELEGY FOR STANLEY GORSKI
by the one & only Manny Fried,
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Victor Morales, Christina Rausa, and Richard Hummert

February 2 - 25, 2012
for the 2nd installment of our "Black Power Play Series" theater's unsurpassable Civil Rights Era masterpiece
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Lorraine Hansberry, Directed by Victoria Perez
Starring Peter Johnson and Patricia Armstrong*

January 6 - 15, 2012
a performative lecture and interactive workshop
IMPROVISED CONSCIOUSNESS
Conceived of and Coordinated by Josephine Anstey,  

Collectively developed by Intermedia Performance Studio

 

2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011 @ 10:30pm
OH (un)HOLY NIGHT: a very merry evening of subversive burlesque
Yuletide extravaganza featuring five of Buffalo's burlesque troupes!

November 25 - December 18, 2011
a new adaptation of Orwell's classic for the 99%
OCCUPY ANIMAL FARM
Adapted by Justin Karcher, Directed by Drew McCabe
Starring Jeffrey Coyle, Jonathan Shuey, & Brian Zybala*
Presented in collaboration with Theatre Jugend

October 27 - November 19, 2011
the world premiere of...
GREENSPAN AND THE TRILOBITES
by Michael Fanelli*, Directed by Tilke Hill
Starring Verniece Turner+, Greg Howze, and others

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Friday, October 7, 2011 @ 11pm
SUBVERSIVE BURLESQUE REVIEW
Featuring all five of Buffalo's daring burlesque troupes!

September 15 - October 15, 2011
one of the most notoriously "subversive" plays of all time!
MARAT/SADE
by Peter Weiss, Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Lisa Vitrano, Christopher Standart*, and Kevin Iuzzini

July 28 - Aug 13, 2011
for the 2011 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
GUILLOTINE: Heads Will Roll
written & directed by Joe Siracusa

June 16 - July 17, 2011
the fifth installment of our new political play showcase
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2011
by multiple playwrights with multiple directors

May 6 - 22, 2011
presented in partnership with Performing Arts High School
TICK, TICK... BOOM!
by Jonathan Larson
Sponsored by Performing Arts Alumnus Jesse L. Martin

Sunday, May 1, 2011 
for our 10th annual May Day Staged Reading we're reprising the one that started it all back in 2002...

KARL MARX IN BUFFALO
Adapted from "MARX IN SOHO" by Howard Zinn
Directed by Susan Forbes*, Starring Keith Elkins as Marx himself!

March 17 - April 16, 2011
presented in collaboration with the New Phoenix Theatre
INHERIT THE WIND
by Lawrence & Lee
  Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Greg Natale, Gary Darling, & Richard Lambert+

February 18 - March 13, 2011
time to look into the abyss
4:48 PSYCHOSIS
by Sarah Kane, Directed by Brian Zybala*
Starring Rebecca Ward*

January 13 - February 5, 2011
opening the weekend of Martin Luther King Day
for the first installment of our "Black Power Play Series"

I AM A MAN
by Oyamo, 
Directed by Annette Daniels-Taylor
Starring Pete Johnson, Barry Williams, and Ernest Griffin

 

2010

December 9-22, 2010
Elves revolt against Santa Von Klaus, it could only be...
TOTALITARIAN CHRISTMAS
by Clinton Ours  
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Lawrence Rowswell*, Kent Bostock, and Gabe Mirizio

October 21 - November 14, 2010
the most politically scorching episodes of TV's classic sci-fi series
SUBVERSIVE TWILIGHT ZONES
by Rod Serling  
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*, Larry Smith, 
Michael Mirand, Virginia Brannon*, Jack Agugliaro*, & others

September 9 - October 9, 2010
for Curtain Up 2010
THE FURIES OF MOTHER JONES
by Maxine Klein  
Directed by Megan Callahan*  
Starring Sharon Strait, Leah Russo, and Marshall Maxwell

July 23 - August 8, 2010
as part of the Buffalo "infringement" Festival
THE MOTHER
by Bertolt Brecht, Directed by Kurt Schneiderman* 
Starring Rebecca Ward and Andrew Kottler

June 18 - July 11, 2010
the fourth installment of our new political play showcase
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2010
by multiple playwrights with multiple directors

SCREENING

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @ 8pm
CHICAGO 10

May 20 - June 5, 2010
a subversive one-man version of Shakespeare's classic...
I AM HAMLET

Conceived and Directed by Joe Siracusa

May 1, 2010
for our 9th annual "May Day Staged Reading Series"
THE FURIES OF MOTHER JONES
by Maxine Klein
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

April 8 - 30, 2010
featuring the acting troupe The Brazen Faced Varlets
NECESSARY TARGETS
by Eve Ensler
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

February 26 - March 21, 2010
for our fourth annual "Workers' Power Play Series"
HARVEST
by Langston Hughes
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

STAGED READING

Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 8pm
GUANTANAMO by Gillian Slovo
Directed by Megan Callahan

January 7 - 30, 2010
a totally original multi-media, physical theatre experience
84: A Tribute to Orwell's Dystopia
Conceived, Adapted, and Directed by Brian Zybala*

 

2009

STAGED READING

Saturday, December 12, 2009
A TOTALITARIAN CHRISTMAS by Clinton Ours

STAGED READING

Monday, October 19, 2009
MONUMENT by Colleen Wagner

October 15 - November 7, 2009
by Chile's world-renown Human Rights activist
WIDOWS
by Ariel Dorfman
Performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse

September 3 - 26, 2009
for Curtain Up 2009
TWILIGHT: Voices of the 1992 LA Riots

by Anna Deavere Smith, 
Performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse

STAGED READING

Monday, August 3, 2009
HOMEBODY/KABUL
by Tony Kushner

July 24 - August 9, 2009
THE HAIRY APE
By Eugene O'Neill
Performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse

STAGED READING

Monday, July 6, 2009
DANTON'S DEATH by Georg Buchner
  

June 18 - July 10, 2009
back by popular demand...
WATERBOARDING BLUES
by Kurt Schneiderman

STAGED READING

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
DEUS EX MACHINIST by Norman Dietz

May 21 - June 7, 2009
a double bill of great one-acts of Absurdist Theatre
TOO ABSURD!
by Eugene Ionesco & Slawomir Mrozek

Friday, May 1, 2009
for our 8th annual "May Day Staged Reading Series"
THE DAYS OF THE COMMUNE
by Bertolt Brecht

April 30 - May 17, 2009
the third installment of our new political play showcase
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009
by multiple playwrights

April 25 - 26, 2009
in collaboration with Daemen College
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project

STAGED READING

Monday, April 6, 2009
A MAN'S A MAN
by Bertolt Brecht

April 3 - 19, 2009
the world debut of
WATERBOARDING BLUES
by Kurt Schneiderman

SCREENING

February 27, 2009
THE CORPORATION

January 23 - February 8, 2009
an entirely original exploration in physical theatre
OUROBOROS
Conceived and Directed by Brian Zybala


2008

November 13 - December 14, 2008
DROP HAMMER
By Emanuel "Manny" Fried
Performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse

September 18 - October 19, 2008
PALACE OF THE END

By Judith Thompson
Performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse (1st Ever!)

July 26 - August 2, 2008
...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS.
By Fernando Arrabal
Performed at the Kitchen Distribution Warehouse

May 1st, 2008
THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED
By Barrie Stavis
Performed at the Alt Theatre

April 10th - May 10th, 2008
NICKEL AND DIMED
By Joan Holden
Performed at the Alt Theatre

March 7th - 29th, 2008
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
By Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman
Performed at the Main Street Cabaret

January 10th - February 2nd, 2008
WAITING FOR LEFTY
By Clifford Odets
Performed at the New Phoenix Theatre

 

2007 

July 29th - August 5th, 2007
THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE
By Bertolt Brecht
Performed on the Streets of Allentown as part of the 2007 Buffalo "infringement" Festival

June 14th - 30th, 2007
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2007
By multiple playwrights
Performed at Rust Belt Books

May 1st, 2007
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER
By Ariel Dorfman
Performed at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

January 25th - February 10th, 2007
FOUNDATIONS
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at the New Phoenix Theatre

 

2006

July 28th - August 5th, 2006
SINCERITY FOREVER
By Obie Award-Winning Playwright Mac Wellman
Performed at the Quaker Bonnet Eatery
as part of the 2006 Buffalo "infringement" Festival

May 1st, 2006
WAITING FOR LEFTY
By Clifford Odets
Performed at Buffalo's Unitarian Universalist Church

March 11th, 2006
WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ
By Simon Levy
Performed at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

 

2005 

November 3rd - 19th, 2005
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2005
By multiple playwrights
Performed at Rust Belt Books

September 19th, 2005
BURY THE DEAD
By Irwin Shaw
Performed at Buffalo's Unitarian Universalist Church

June 16th - September 4th, 2005
MOTHER DIS-COURAGE
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at the "infringement" festivals of Montreal, Buffalo, and New York City
May 1st, 2005
THE MOTHER
By Bertolt Brecht
Performed at TheaterLoft

February 24th - March 10th, 2005
PAUL ROBESON SPEAKS OUT!
By Philip Hayes Dean
Performed at various locations in Buffalo

 

2004

December 8th, 2004
IN THE HEART OF AMERICA
By OBIE Award Winning Playwright Naomi Wallace
Performed at the Main Street Cabaret

September 16th - 25th, 2004
MOTHER DIS-COURAGE
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at the Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center

July 2nd - 11th, 2004
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO SHOOT THE CZAR!!!
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at the Helen Phelan Gardiner Theatre
as part of the 2004 Toronto Fringe Festival

May 1st, 2004
ARE YOU NOW OR ARE YOU EVER BEEN...
By Obie Award-Winning Playwright Eric Bentley
Performed at the Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center

February 5th - 22nd, 2004
PAUL ROBESON SPEAKS OUT!
By Phillip Hayes Dean
Performed at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

 

2003

June 26th - July 12th, 2003
MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

May 1st, 2003
BURY THE DEAD
By Irwin Shaw
Performed at Rust Belt Books

 

2002

August 31st - September 7th, 2002
THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST
By Nobel Prize-Winning Playwright Dario Fo
Performed at Rust Belt Books

May 1st, 2002
KARL MARX IN ALLENTOWN
By Radical Historian Howard Zinn
Performed at Rust Belt Books

February 11th, 2002
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO SHOOT THE CZAR
By Kurt Schneiderman
Performed at Rust Belt Books

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