January 30th - March 1st, 2014
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
for the fourth installment of our annual "Black Power Play
by Katori Hall
Directed by Gary
Starring Jonathan K. Lee and Candace M. Whitfield
January 30th - March 1st,
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25.00 General Admission
$20.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive
Admission for all Thursday
performances is pay-what-you-can
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and dignity... Katori's script benefits from a more modest production.
Two actors, a motel room, and a few projections land the message of the piece
-Anthony Chase ARTVOICE
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afflicting... [Martin Luther] King's embrace of the economic justice movement
in his later life seemed the perfect topic for Subversive to explore."
-Colin Dabkowski GUSTO
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For the fourth show in our 11th Season at Subversive Theatre, we're excited
to present a bold new work that dares to look at a Civil Rights Icon in a
whole new light -- THE
MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall.
Fresh from a Broadway premiere that starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela
Bassett, this Civil Rights Era drama sports a refreshingly different portrayal of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the night before his assassination in Memphis,
Tennessee in 1968. Offering a
rare glimpse at the more radical politics of his final days... along with an
unapologetic look at his more unpolished and lascivious tendencies, this raw,
inventive, and sometimes supernatural One-Act play reveals a leader who is
scared, angry, desperate, besieged, maligned, and far from perfect... but much
more human and ultimately much more inspiring than the tame, toothless,
two-dimensional icon that too many textbooks try to reduce him to today.
In the most unexpected and 'subversive' of ways, THE
MOUNTAINTOP recaptures the full fire of Martin Luther King's
radical message for a new audience, a new Century... and a new
"Let them call me 'Commie King' all they
I don't care."
Our production is directed by one of Buffalo's most respected African-American
artists, author/playwright/professor Gary Earl Ross*. The cast features Jonathan
K. Lee as the one and only Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Candace M. Whitfield as the
maid in the Lorraine Motel who has a surprising role to play at a turning
point in history.
Set Design is by Michael Lodick* with Lighting Design by Hasheen
DeBerry*, Sound Design by Jamie Nablo, and Video Design by Peter
Johnson, Costumes by Gary Earl Ross*, Props by Jane Cudmore*
and Gary Earl Ross*.
to my wife! Trying to break up my family! You think you can break
me!?! You will NEVER break me!!!"
Don't miss THE
MOUNTAINTOP! It starts just ten days after Martin Luther
King Day (of course!) and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
at 8pm from January 30th - March 1st, 2014. All performances are in
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.
Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students, seniors, and
Subversive Theatre members. Admission
for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.
the White Man?
I likes that."
information or to make a reservation, call our phoneline at 716-408-0499.
Ask about group rates, sponsorships, and our daytime matinee for school
groups! Tickets can be purchased online through the link provided
We'd like to thank our sponsors for this production: the Western
Regional Office of the New York Civil Liberties Union and Maria
Scrivani & John Lipsitz.
Pass the baton!