April 30 - May 17, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
new political play showcase is back!
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009
by multiple playwrights
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
(No performance Friday, May 1st)
ADMISSION FOR ALL SHOWS: Donation Only!
Subversive Theatre's biennial new political play
showcase is back and this year it's bigger and better than ever!
Sporting 10 different short new plays, 9 different directors, and 24 different
actors, sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009 promises to be yet another daring, provocative, and outrageous
whirlwind of protest theatre.
Here's the line-up of shows:
SPINIT, TWISTIT, AND LIE
by Cary Pepper of San Francisco, California
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Featuring Paige Allison Mingus and Jess Abel
This fast-paced spoof shows us a hard-nosed spin-doctor beset by the
biggest challenge of her career -- a politician with a conscience!
NORMAL IS A COUNTRY
by Steven Schutzman of Baltimore, Maryland
Directed by Annette Daniels Taylor
Featuring Jacqueline Jordan and Donald Capers
This poetically rhythmic series of soliloquies breath-takingly capture the
depth of emotional pain experienced by a wounded Iraq War Veteran and his
ISMENE'S PRESS CONFERENCE
by Judy Klass of Nashville, Tennessee
Directed by Virginia Brannon*
Featuring Stephanie Dale, Tamara S. Hopersberger, and Tom Izard*
The characters of Sophicles' classic
"Antigone" take on modern day issues of vote rigging and media
manipulation in this clever (and thinly-veiled) allegory.
by Dean Lundquist of Ventura, California
Directed by Drew McCabe
Featuring Jenna Winnett, Lindsay Salamone, Becky Globus, and Jessica Stuber*
This totally off-the-wall farce takes injustice to a whole new level as a
marsupial Judge hands down sentences in the distant land of "Kangapoora"
NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEWHERE
Written & Directed by Kurt Schneiderman* of Buffalo, NY
A gleefully tongue-in-cheek vignette with a not so tongue-in-cheek solution
to current economic woes
by Dwayne Yancey of Fincastle, Virginia
Directed by Kelly Beuth*
Featuring Travis Hedland, Erin Crowell, Sophie Friedman, Julia Register, and
The quintessential fairy tale is turned on its head in this sweetly silly
gender-bending bedtime story comedy.
by Michael O'Donohoe of Chicago, Illinois
Directed by Lara Haberberger*
Featuring Heather Fangsrud*
A refreshingly blunt monologue about one woman's life as the daughter of a
Vietnam War Veteran
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BEATRICE
by Katie Baldwin Eng of New York, New York
Directed by Virginia Brannon*
Featuring Stephanie Dale, Tamara S. Hopersberger, and Brian Zybala*
This deliciously smart-ass spoof takes on religion, health care, abortion
rights, and the Second Coming . . . sort of!
PLANET OF THE ENRIQUES
Written & Directed by Michael Fanelli* of Buffalo, New York
Featuring Jenna Winnett, Jack Agugliaro*, Kevin Dennis*, and Tom Izard*
This mind-bendingly surreal comedy takes us to a not-so-distant future
where America is the Third World . . . and the burrito is king!
by Kim Yaged of Manalapan, New Jersey
Directed by Susan Forbes
Featuring Heather Fangsrud*, Kelly Beuth*, and Bethany Sparacio
A historical drama that follows three lesbian activists in Germany during
the time of the Weimar Republic and the Rise of the Nazis
by Sidney Norinsky of Kingston, New York
Directed by Andrea Dudziak*
Featuring Laura Elise Nicholson, Brigid Hannon, and Brian Zybala*
This light-hearted morality tale pits a female God against a close-minded,
Bible-thumping bigot who finds out Heaven is not what she expected
With so many great plays we couldn't fit them all
into one night, so this year's showcase is presented "in rep" with
different vignettes rotating in and out each night. So keep coming back
and see 'em all!
Performances run from April 30 through May 17,
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm. No
performance Friday, May 1st. All shows
are at Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue, "The
Manny Fried Playhouse" on the third floor of North Buffalo's
Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue.
Like all Subversive Theatre productions, admission
for this show is free with donations gratefully accepted before, during, and
after each performance. Reservations are not available, seating is on a
first-come-first-served basis with doors opening one half hour prior to each
For more information, give Subversive Theatre a call