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  "Theatre is just an empty box and it is our job to fill it with fury and ecstasy... and with revolution." 

-Oliver Wells

April 26th - May 25th, 2013
at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

for the seventh installment of our annual "Workers' Power Play Series"
Subversive Theatre is proud to present in collaboration with the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park...


by Budd Schulberg
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Matthew Nerber, Richard Lambert+, 
Andrea Andolina, and Victor Morales

April 26th - May 25th, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25.00 General Admission
$15.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members
Admission for all Thursday performances is pay-what-you-can

"You do it to the least of mine, you do it to me."

    For the seventh installment of Subversive Theatre's annual "Workers’ Power Play Series", Subversive Theatre is excited to once again join forces with the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park to present one of the most powerful blue-collar epics of all time: ON THE WATERFRONT.  Crafted to "cut closer to the bone," this stage version of the iconic 1954 Hollywood film was developed by the film’s author Budd Schulberg in 2001 and has seen landmark renditions at the Cleveland Playhouse, Hoboken’s Renegade Theater, Manhattan’s Theater Row Theater, and -- most recently -- on London's West End under the direction of the legendary Stephen Berkoff.

    Set amidst the bleak landscape of New York City's harbor front in the early 1950s, this explosive tale of lust, murder, and betrayal shows us the overworked longshoremen who wearily unload the ships that supply the nation and the mob-controlled labor leaders who hoard the spoils of their labor.  Caught between these two hostile camps, one restless ex-boxer (Terry Malloy) and one idealistic priest (Father Barry) find the courage to speak out and unleash an avalanche that will rock their hard-bitten world to its foundations.

    Directed by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, ON THE WATERFRONT stars New Phoenix's Founder & Executive Director Richard Lambert+ as Father Barry with Matthew Nerber as Terry Malloy, Andrea Andolina as Edie Doyle, and Victor Morales as mob boss Johnny Friendly.  The rest of this play's extensive ensemble features Jack Agugliaro*, Carlton Franklin, Gary Darling, Hasheen DeBerry*, Leon S. Copeland, Jr.*, Murry Galloway*, Justin Fiordaliso, Jonathan Lee, Tom Scahill*, John Kennedy, and Stephen Harris.

    Set Design is by Michael Lodick* with Lighting Design by Chris Cavanagh, Costume Design by Loraine O’Donnell, and Sound Design by Kendall Kelly

    ON THE WATERFRONT runs April 26th through May 25th at the New Phoenix Theatre at 95 North Johnson Park.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.  Tickets are $25 general admission or $15 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members.  Tickets can be purchased online right here through Subversive Theatre’s website or reservations can be made on New Phoenix's phoneline at 853-1334.  Admission for all Thursday performances is pay-what-you-can.

    There will be one free preview performance on Thursday, April 25th at 8pm.

    Both New Phoenix and Subversive Theatre are proud to continue a partnership that has produced Artie Award-winning co-productions of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008) and INHERIT THE WIND (2011).

This production of ON THE WATERFRONT marks the seventh installment of Subversive Theatre's annual "Workers' Power Play Series." Launched in 2007 and sponsored in part by Buffalo's Area Labor Federation along with several local unions, this program is devoted to presenting plays that highlight the struggles, aspirations, and triumphs of working people and organized labor. 
Previous editions of the program have featured Kurt Schneiderman’s FOUNDATIONS (at the New Phoenix Theatre, 2007), Clifford Odets’ WAITING FOR LEFTY (at the New Phoenix Theatre, 2008), Manny Fried’s DROP HAMMER (at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 2008), Langston Hughes’ HARVEST (at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 2009), Maxine Klein’s THE FURIES OF MOTHER JONES (at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 2010), and Manny Fried’s AN ELEGY FOR STANLEY GORSKI (at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 2012).

    Released in 1954, the landmark film ON THE WATERFRONT was directed by legendary stage & screen director Elia Kazan and featured career-defining performances from Marlon Brando (as Terry Malloy), Eva Marie Saint (as Edie Doyle), Karl Malden (as Father Barry), Rod Steiger (as Charley Malloy), Lee J. Cobb (as Johnny Friendly), and even a young Fred Gwynne (who would later become TV’s Herman Munster – as “Slim”) along with a masterful musical score by the great Leonard Bernstein – this was the one and only time Bernstein broke his long-standing refusal to craft a score for a Hollywood film (not counting WEST SIDE STORY where Bernstein composed the score for the original stage play and only reluctantly took part in the film adaptation)!
    ON THE WATERFRONT was nominated for twelve Academy Awards winning eight including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint (in her film debut), and Best Director for Kazan.
    Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning 1949 investigative reports CRIME ON THE WATERFRONT by Malcolm Johnson in the New York Sun, the screenplay was originally to be written by Elia Kazan's friend and colleague Arthur Miller.  But after Kazan’s controversial testimony before HUAC (the House on Un-American Activities Committee) in 1952 where he enthusiastically "named names" and encouraged others to do the same, Miller refused to have any further dealings with Kazan or with the screenplay.  The writing of ON THE WATERFRONT was then turned over to another HUAC-testifier, Budd Schulberg, who would go on to write the screenplays for his novel THE HARDER THEY FALL (Humphrey Bogart’s final film) and Kazan’s A FACE IN THE CROWD.

    For more information, call Subversive Theatre at 716-408-0499.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective
+ = indicates members of the Actors' Equity Association

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