just another neo-Brechtian,
absurdist, anti-imperialist extravaganza in one act
June 16-19, 2005
Buffalo Infringement Festival
July 28-August 7, 2005
New York City Infringement Festival
September 1-4, 2005
For the Summer of 2005, Subversive Theatre
undertook its most ambitious project to date. We dusted off our
original anti-war piece MOTHER DIS-COURAGE and mounted an
international tour that encompassed the newly-formed
"infringement" festivals of Montreal, Quebec, Buffalo, NY,
and New York City, NY.
MOTHER DIS-COURAGE is a zany,
irreverent, vaudeville-esque spoof that pits the Ghost of Bertolt
Brecht against Britney Spears as they battle over the hearts and minds
of one American Soldier in Iraq and his peace-nik mother.
Written & Directed by Subversive Theatre's
Founder and Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, this production
boasted a marvelous cast that included veteran thespian Keith Elkins*
(who appeared in the play's 2004 world debut) opposite the
seemingly-endless talents of Michael Karr and many others.
Taking this show to three different festivals
in three different cities over four months was a massive endeavor, but
cast and crew bore up remarkably well to make our first international
tour an undeniable success. Performing in such storied locations
as Montreal's Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Buffalo's historic Allentown
District, and -- finally -- in the heart of Greenwich Village to the
Players Theatre (two
floors above the legendary Cafe Wah) gave Subversive Theatre a chance
to spread our wings like never before.
Mother Discourage . . . . . . . Mary Moebius*
Son Discourage . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Lattimer
Bertolt Brecht . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Elkins*
Britney Spears . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Orloff*
George Orwell/John Lennon . . Michael Karr
Money Bags/McCartney . . Jamie Hamilton*
Director/Playwright . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Felix*
Set Design . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Hamilton*
Graphic Design . . . . . Matthew ********
Organizational Assistance . Jeanette Rehac*
House Manager . . . . . . . . Michael Fanelli*
* = members of the Subversive Theatre Collective
This production was made possible by grants from the
Buffalo & Erie County Arts Council and by the support and
volunteer work of many of Subversive Theatre's most tenacious supporters.
Thank you to one and all!