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-August Strindberg
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Rebecca Ward
("The Mother")
     Becca's stage credits in the Buffalo region include Alleyway Theatre's 2010 BUFFALO QUICKIES, BUA's ANNA IN THE TROPICS (Ophelia), LOVE LETTERS (Melissa), THE SEAGULL (Arkadina), SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU (Diane), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Helena).
With Subversive Theatre, Becca first appeared in 84 (opposite cast-mate Andy Kottler) and just performed in the vignette "Medals" as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2010.  We're thrilled she's back!  

Andrew Kottler
("Pavel Vlassov")
     Since moving to Western New York from Hollywood last winter, Andy has appeared locally in I REMEMBER MAMA at the Playhouse of American Classics and ANNA AND THE TROPICS at BUA. 
     Andy has lots of neat stage and screen credits, including an infamous role as the "chubby chaser" on CSI.  He also performs stand-up comedy around Buffalo and has an ongoing podcast at  
     Andy first appeared with Subversive Theatre in our production of
84 (opposite cast-mate Rebecca Ward) earlier this year.  Welcome back, Kottler!

Tim Stuff
("Anton" & "First Strike Breaker")
     Tim is thrilled to be making his debut with Subversive Theatre.  Favorite past roles include "Pippin" (in PIPPIN), "Birdie" (in BYE, BYE, BIRDIE), "Paul" (in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK), and "Ben" (in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD).
     Tim also works behind the scenes as a choreographer and costume designer.    
     He spends his days teaching pre-school.

Bekki Sliwa
("Masha Khalatova" & "Mrs. Butcher")
     Bekki is pleased to be involved in her first production with Subversive Theatre.  A Theatre Major at the University at Buffalo, her previous stage credits include A NIGHT OUT and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at UB as well as the Artie Award-nominated show (NOT) at the ALT Theatre.
     Bekki would like to thank the cast & crew of THE MOTHER for a great experience and her parents for always supporting & believing in her. 

John Jacoby
("Ivan Vessovchikov")
     John retired as Battalion Chief from the Niagara Falls Fire Department after 32 years of service.  He recently received his Associates Degree from NCCC, and will graduate with a B.A. in Theatre from UB this Fall.  John's acting credits include THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Gaev) and MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Egeus & Robin Starveling) at UB, Jeffrey Beachamís feature film DESIRE (Officer George Heart), as well as other smaller video projects.
     Most recently, John made his Subversive Theatre debut in "In Gods We Trust" as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2010.

Lawrence Rowswell*
("Nicholai Vessovchikov" & "Gate Keeper")
     Some of Larry's recent stage credits include the Irish Classical Theatre's THE RELAPSE and the Jewish Repertory Theatre's AWAKE AND SING! ("Schlosser").  He regularly plays ensemble and character parts at ICTC and elsewhere around town.
    A long-time member of our troupe, Larry's Subversive Theatre stage credits include OUROBOROS, FOUNDATIONS ("Joe Dugan"), ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS.  ("Katar"), PALACE OF THE END  ("David Kelly"), and HARVEST, to name only a few

John Kehoe
("Police Chief," "Sigorski," and "The Butcher")
     John is excited to be making his first ever appearance in a dramatic play.
     An improv comic by trade, John has been performing with Comedysportz for the last seven years, The Francis Bacon Experiment for the last two years, and IMF for the last eight months.
     With years of improv workshops under his belt and well over a thousand comedy shows, John has always wanted to try his hand at drama and is thrilled to at long last have the opportunity to do so.

Please check back for John's headshot

Jason E. Robinson
("Tregorian," "Policeman," & "Holy Bible")
     Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, Jason made his return to Buffalo in 2007.  Attending Buffalo State College full time as an Applied Mathematics major, he has grown increasingly involved with BSC's Theatre Department building sets for ANYTHING GOES, SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE, and assistant stage managing THE GRAPES OF WRATH.
     "Finally!" some would say, Jason has succumbed to the recommendation of his friends to bring his work to the stage.  He is blessed, happy, and thankful to have been cast for this production and looks forward to future experiences.  Jason wishes the best of luck to his cast & crew.

Colleen Neumann
("Kharpov," "Tatiana," & "Second Strike Breaker")
     Colleen holds a BFA from the University of Maine, studied Shakespeare at King Alfredís College in England, and toured for twelve years with Childrenís Theatre of Maine.  Favorite roles include: Edith Frank in DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Violet Venable in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (both with Ghostlight Theatre), Helen Keller in MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE with Oakland Civic Theatre, and Grandma in THE AMERICAN DREAM with Trium Veridte Productions. She has also worked with Berkeley Reparatory Theatre and Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco.
     Colleen recently made her Subversive Theatre debut in "Strong Sistahs" as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2010.

Sean Marciniak
("Policeman," "Yegor Lushin," & "The Landlady")
     Sean is a Junior at SUNY Fredonia pursuing a BFA in Acting.  Past credits in Fredonia include the PAC productions of TALK RADIO ("Kent") and 4.48 PSYCHOSIS ("Doctor 1"), the One-Act Festival productions of DOV AND ALI ("Dov") and SUPRESSED DESIRES ("Stephen Brewster"), as well as the Mainstage Season production of CHARLOTTE'S WEB ("Announcer").
     Most recently, he appeared in the 2010 production of SPIRIT ("Snickers").
     This is Sean's first time working with Subversive Theatre and he is grateful for the opportunity.

Patrick Cain
(Musician and Sound Effects Artist)
     The prototypical bohemian artist, Pat has been involved in many experimental theatrical endeavors both as a performer -- in such projects as the New Phoenix Theatre's ALICE UNDERGROUND and Skeletons in the Closet's MEDIUM RARE -- and as a musician -- such as New Phoenix's GILGAMESH and METAMORPHOSIS.
     This is Pat's fourth consecutive summer working with Subversive Theatre on mind-bending "infringement" Festival projects -- the first three were THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE (2007 -- pictured right) ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS. (2008), and THE HAIRY APE (2009).

Gabriel Gutierrez
(Musician and Sound Effects Artist)
     This is only Gabe's second time putting his musical skills to work on a theatrical endeavor.  In the world of music, he has played in Buffalo with the 12/8 Path Band, Buffalo Improvisors Orchestra, Diaspora Drumming, La Marimba, -- and one notable gig in Chicago with Str8 Pimpin'.
     He is happily learning a lot from his experiences with the amazing Subversive Theatre folks.  A fiscal liberal, he lives in Buffalo, New York with his troubling ennui.
     Gabe first appeared with Subversive Theatre lending his musical talents to our production of THE HAIRY APE for last year's "infringement" Festival.

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