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Our Grandiose Manifesto

art comes in one of two forms -- aesthetic and anesthetic.

most art is intended to anesthetize, to numb the 99% into complacency,
to placate the many into another day of subservience to the few.

at subversive theatre art is not a diversion for the privileged elite,


here art is not a lullaby, but a wake up call.

we at subversive theatre dedicate ourselves to presenting work that no commercially-minded company would touch, work that is neither safe nor secure, work that is intended to provoke, to inspire, to empower, and even to inflame.

here in buffalo, ny, at the heart of america's post-industrial decay,

we seek to plant a seed of hope amidst a wasteland of capitalistic despair.

we undertake to use the creative spirit of theatre to light a match in these dark times... and throw it on the fuel.

as buffalo's only year-round theatre, we are proud to offer a non-stop barrage of radical plays from the landmark works of protest theatre to the new and unexpected creations of today.  Come be a part of the revolution, we look forward to subverting you.

Founder & Artistic Director

Kurt Schneiderman

"Art is Not a Mirror to Reflect Reality But a Hammer to Shape It!"

-Bertolt Brecht

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