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Subversive Theater History, in Pictures...

Silhouette of Brian Zybala* in Fernando Arrabal's ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS. in the basement of the former Kitchen Distribution Warehouse for the 2008 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
Jenna Winnett (center) embodies a bird in flight during the opening interpretive movement sequence of OUROBOROS at the Manny Fried Playhouse Jan-Feb 2009
With a wave of his hand, Brian Zybala* (right) prompts the ensemble to form into a smokestack for the amusement of a wealthy heiress (Candice Kogut*, center) in our totally experimental version of Eugene O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE at the Manny Fried Playhouse for the 2009 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
Karmically-challenged American intelligence officer Sterling (Gordon Tashjian) frantically searches through his files in the world debut of Kurt Schneiderman's WATERBOARDING BLUES at the Manny Fried Playhouse April 2009
Actress Moira Keenan takes on the shit work as the protagonist of Joan Holden's stage adaptation of NICKEL AND DIMED at the ALT Theatre April-May 2008
Richard Lambert (left) and Kate LoConti (right) play the quintessential overworked and underpaid couple of the Great Depression in Clifford Odets' WAITING FOR LEFTY at the New Phoenix Theatre Jan-Feb 2008
Embattled union leader Dave Sigmund (Tim Eimiller, left) endures the ridicule of corporate-lackey journalist Sully (Dan Sterlace, right) in Manny Fried's DROP HAMMER at the Manny Fried Playhouse Nov-Dec 2008
The exploitative "Merchant" (Travis Tabor, standing down center) and a mask-clad ensemble lecture the audience on the glories of class privilege in our street-roving rendition of Bertolt Brecht's THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE in Day's Park for the 2007 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
An angry gulag guard (Dennis Keefe*, left) prepares to club time-tripping protagonist Gavrilov (John Kreuzer, right) in Kurt Schneiderman's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO SHOOT THE CZAR at Toronto's Helen Phelan Gardner Theatre as part of the 2004 Toronto Fringe Festival
Actor Willie Judson gives a tour-de-force performance in Philip Hayes Dean's one-man show PAUL ROBESON SPEAKS OUT at the New Phoenix Theatre Feb 2004
Actress Katie White gives a tour-de-force performance in Alan Rickman & Katherine Viner's one-woman play MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE at the Main Street Cabaret Mar 2008
Actors Amanda Flowers (down left) and Anthony Vargas (down right) recount the medical facts of Matthew Sheppard's death as the rest of the ensemble symbolically form into the fence where he died in Moises Kaufman's THE LARAMIE PROJECT at the Manny Fried Playhouse April 2009
The evil "Mr. Moneybags" (Jamie Todd Hamilton*, left) extols the virtues of stealing other nation's natural resources to the impressionable "Son Discourage" (Ryan O'Byrne, right) in the world-debut of Kurt Schneiderman's MOTHER DIS-COURAGE at Montreal's WAR Gallery as part of the 2005 Montreal "infringement" Festival
An exuberant "Ringmaster" (Kevin Cain*, right) interviews "George W. Butch" (Anne Kurtis, left) in Craig Abernethy's THE LIGHTER SIDE OF OUTSOURCING TORTURE as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2007 at Rust Belt Books
Wild and crazy Todd Benzin plays "The Maniac" in our rendition of Dario Fo's THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST at Rust Belt Books Aug-Sept 2002 -- Subversive Theatre's first ever full scale production!!!
Actors Leah Russo (left) and Phil Knoerzer (right) argue over the breakfast table in the world-debut of Kurt Schneiderman's MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES at the New Phoenix Theatre June-July 2003
Actors Peter Jaskowiak* (left) and Jamie Todd Hamilton* (right) play the amorous rednecks of Mac Wellman's bizarre farce SINCERITY FOREVER performed in a 1972 Mustang Convertible in the parking lot behind Allentown's Quaker Bonnett Eatery for the 2006 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
An over-enthusiastic "Professor" (James Wild, above) has a horrifying lesson in store for his "Pupil" (Jessica Wegrzyn, below) in Eugene Ionesco's THE LESSON presented as part of the showcase TOO ABSURD! at the Manny Fried Playhouse May-June 2009
Playwright Lillian Hellmann (Kathleen Betsko, right) truculently assails the House on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in our staged reading of Eric Bentley's ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN for May Day 2004 at the Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center
Actors Joey Bucheker (left) and Jack Agugliaro* (right) do their best to keep a straight face in Crystal Jackson's extremely clever pro-choice farce PLEASE REMOVE THIS STUFFED ANIMAL FROM MY HEAD as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2007 at Rust Belt Books
Three supposedly respectable gentlemen (David Utter, left, Kurt Erb, center, and Matthew Nerber, right) discuss the glories of honor, self-sacrifice, and cannibalism in Slawomir Mrozek's ON THE SEA as part of the showcase TOO ABSURD! at the Manny Fried Playhouse May-June 2009
Corrupt union leader Harry Fatt (Victor Morales, left) and his hired gunman (Tom Scahill*, right) make up the anti-strike Old Guard of the Cab Drivers Union in our Artie Award-winning production of Clifford Odets' WAITING FOR LEFTY at the New Phoenix Theatre Jan-Feb 2008
Actors Kelly M. Beuth* (standing left), Dana Block* (seated center), and Lawrence Rowswell* (standing right) enact the three monologues of Judith Thompson's PALACE OF THE END in our first-ever performance at the Manny Fried Playhouse Sept-Oct 2008
Wrongfully condemned prisoner Pronos (Leonard Ziolkowski, left) is dragged to execution by masked figures representing the prison guards of Fascist Spain in Fernando Arrabal's ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS. in the basement of the former Kitchen Distribution Warehouse as part of the 2008 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
Paul McCartney (Jamie Todd Hamilton*, far right), Bertolt Brecht (Keith Elkins*, right), Britney Spears (Sarah Orloff*, center), John Lennon (Michael Karr, seated right) and Mother Discourage (Mary Moebius*, standing right) make up the cast Kurt Schneiderman's MOTHER DIS-COURAGE at the Player's Theatre in Greenwich Village as part of the first-ever New York City "infringement" Festival Aug-Sept 2005
Lady Liberty herself (Becky Globus, left) is brought to trial by a suspiciously marsupial-looking "Judge Hop-Hop" (Jenna Winnett, right) in the wacky farce KANGAROO COURT at the Manny Fried Playhouse as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009
Dan Walker plays a horrified Army Captain in our staged reading of Irwin Shaw's anti-war masterpiece BURY THE DEAD at Buffalo's Unitarian Universalist Church presented as part of the international "Bury the Dead Project" by hundreds of theaters worldwide
A desheveled gang of "hard hat whores" make up the construction workers in the world-debut of Kurt Schneiderman's FOUNDATIONS at the New Phoenix Theatre Feb 2007 Actors from left to right above: Andy Moss, Sandra Gilliam*, Keith Elkins* Actors from left to right below: Dennis Keefe*, Christopher Standart*, Lawrence Rowswell*
The Yank (Patrick Cameron, left) comes to an inglorious ending behind bars under the sympathetic gaze of two panthers (Drew McCabe*, center, and Anthony Orlowski, right) in the final scene of our wildly experimental version of Eugene O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE at the Manny Fried Playhouse for the 2009 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
An especially fiesty George (Jamie Todd Hamilton*, right) and Martha Washington (Sarah Orloff, left) provide a very different portrail of the Founding Fathers in Michael Fanelli's vignette GEORGE as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2005 at Rust Belt Books
Our intrepid ensemble uses colorful fabrics to symbolically create the "Myr River" as the Coolie (Leonard Ziolkowski, left) and the Merchant (Travis Tabor, right) prepare to get wet in our street-roving version of Bertolt Brecht's THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE for the 2007 Buffalo "infringement" Festival
Subversive Theatre's then-Chairman of the Board Keith Elkins* (far left), supporter Roz Kramer (left), Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman (right), and Honorary Board Member Emanuel "Manny" Fried gather together at the grand opening of the Manny Fried Playhouse Aug 2008
Actors Heather Fangsrud* (left), Bethany Sparacio (center), and Kelly M. Beuth* (right) discover the horrors awaiting lesbians in Nazi concentration camps in Kim Yaged's VESSELS at the Manny Fried Playhouse as part of sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009