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  "Unless the actor is satisfied to be a parrot or a monkey he must master our period’s knowledge of human social life by himself joining in the war of the classes."

-Bertolt Brecht
1948

Manifest Destiny Blues 
June 26 - July 12, 2003
at the New Phoenix Theatre

    For our first production in a traditional performance venue we teamed up with the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre and moved into The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park with the world debut of MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES.
    Written by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman, this unique anti-war polemic follows one young ostracized activist and her working class Lackawanna family.  The distinctive twist to this work is that plotline moves forward through the lives of the characters while the timeline progresses backward through the last hundred years  of Buffalo's turbulent history.
Reviews
- Buffalo News 7/1/2003
- Jamestown Post Journal
   
    From modern-day post-industrial decay to UB's student strikes of 1970 to the wartime production of WWII to the union struggles of the 1919 and finally back to the pomp and bombast of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES offers a timeless assault on American militarism, capitalism, and conformity.
    "MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES is the modern stepchild of the theater of ideas that extends back to Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, and Berthold [sic] Brecht" declared Buffalo News Critic Jim Santella in his three-and-a-half star review.  "Political plays frequently can be tedious.  This one scintillates."
    
This production was later honored to be nominated for Outstanding New Play at the 2004 Artie Awards.     
     Directed by the author himself, this unusual work offered terrific challenges both artistically and technically.  Had it not been for the enormously talented cast and crew involved, this production would have never been possible.  Here's who did what:

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Bobbi DeBose*
Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . .Maura Price*
Set Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin LaVoie*
Lighting Designer . . . . . .  Kurt Schneiderman*
Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . .  Greg Kempf*
Poster Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Sparada
Publicity Genius . . . . . . . . . Deborah Wanecski
Photography & Web Design . . . Robert Palmer

Alethea Katakis . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Leah Russo*
Dad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Knoerzer*
Peter Dempsey . . . . . . . . . . . . Joshua Canfield
Zoe Katakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adair Luhr
Liam Laugherty . . . . . . . . . . . Seth Archer Eljer

* = members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

This event was made possible by generous contributions from the following magnanimous patrons (in no particular order):
Dr. Emanuel Fried, Timothy McPeek, Robert “Hodie” Hodas*, Dr. Irving Massey, Phyllis Smukler, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Michael Fanelli*, Ronald Palmer, Rust Belt Books, Richard Harrington, Charles F. Harrington, Daire Brian Irwin, Jolie Kulsar, Edwin Hart, Donna Bristol, Jon Elston, Betsy Bittar, Mary Wall, Denis Harlow, Gregg Borland, Anthony Cardinale, Tom Scahill, Nathaniel Christen, Robert Palmer, Jolie Kulsar, Jim Holstun, HAG Theatre, Dr. Anonymous, Suzanne Pilon, Franz Schneiderman, Dr. Robert Waterhouse, Micheal Kuzma, Dr. Saul Elkin, Anna Kay France, Danillo Lawvere, Marshall Maxwell*, William Donaldson, Jack Hunter, Mark Humphrey, Patricia Topolski, Thomas Flynn, and Jay Desiderio

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