April 26th - May 25th, 2013
at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park
for the seventh installment of our annual "Workers' Power
Subversive Theatre is proud to present in collaboration with the New
Phoenix Theatre on the Park...
by Budd Schulberg
Directed by Kurt
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
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
Set Design is by Michael
Lodick* with Lighting Design by Chris
Cavanagh, Costume Design by Loraine
O’Donnell, and Sound Design by Kendall
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).
POWER PLAY SERIES"
production of ON
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.
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).
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)!
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.
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
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.
more information, call Subversive Theatre at 716-408-0499.