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  "Despair is a lie we are telling ourselves.  This is a moment in history that needs us to begin, each of us everyday.  
  "Act.  Organize.  Assemble.  Oppose.  Resist."

-Tony Award-winning
Playwright & Socialist
Tony Kushner

November 13 - December 14, 2008
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

DROP HAMMER
by Emanuel Fried*

Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
Starring Victor Morales, Tim Eimiller, David A. Hoffmann, and many others.

THREE STARS!!!
"A hard-hitting and intense look into one labor union's internal struggles."

-- Ted Hadley, BUFFALO NEWS 11/15/08
click here to read this review

"The Subversive Theatre production is appealing, and its combination of professional and less experienced actors lend DROP HAMMER the perfect tone of communal testimony."
-- Anthony Chase, ARTVOICE MAGAZINE 11/27/08
click here to read this review

"[T]here aren't many probing life in the working classes and putting the result on stage.  It's valuable."
-- Augustine Warner, ONLINE BUFFALO 11/27/08
click here to read this review

     For the third annual installment of our "Workers' Power Play Series," Subversive Theatre was very proud to present a work by the living legend of Buffalo's Union Movement himself -- the very namesake of our theatre -- Emanuel "Manny" Fried*.
Click below for more info...
-- About the Author
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Directions to the Theater
-- Playwright's Notes
-- Production Photos
-- Return to the DROP HAMMER Mainpage
-- Subversation Sundays
 
PRESS COVERAGE:
-- Buffalo News Review 11/15/08
-- Online Buffalo Review 11/27/08
-- Artvoice Mag Review 12/11/08
-- Download Interview with Director Kurt Schneiderman on ThinkTwice Radio
 
RELATED INFORMATION:
-- About Our Annual "Workers' Power Play Series"

     This play looks back at the bitter differences that ripped apart one of Buffalo's industrial Unions.  Set in the late 1950s at a time when the plant closures and southward migration that would eventually ravage our City had only just begun, DROP HAMMER is a historical play with lessons for rank-and-file Union members that are still all too relevant today. 
     This project was sponsored by several local unions -- the United Auto Workers, Region 9, the Buffalo Teachers' Federation, and the Western New York Area Labor Federation.  We were honored to connect up with modern labor issues through a series of post-show discussions that featured a long list of our areas most noted labor leaders and activists as well as the playwright himself.
     For our second-ever production in our new home, The Manny Fried Playhouse, DROP HAMMER marked a strong step forward drawing stellar reviews and bringing out audiences from all walks of life.  Perhaps the project's biggest success was just finding a way to fit all of the play's enormous ensemble (17 actors all told) into our humble little performance space!
     Here's the LOOOOONG list of who did what:

THE CREW:
Director . . . . . .  Kurt Schneiderman*
Stage Manager . . . Virginia Brannon*
Set & Light Design . Dyan O'Connell*
Asst. Set & Lights . . .  Hank Schmidt
Sound Design . . . . . .  John Shotwell*
Costume Design . . .  Paul Stephenson
Poster Design . . . . . . . Dan Sterlace*
Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Carreno

THE CAST:
Carl Morgan . . . . . .  Victor Morales
Dave Sigmund . . . . . . .  Tim Eimiller
Stanley Gorski .  David A. Hoffmann
Louie . . . . . Leon S. Copeland, Jr.*
Frank Ryan . . . . . . . Jack Agugliaro
Mildred Morgan . . . . . . Betsy Bittar
Howie Evans . .  Marshall Maxwell*
Bill Payne . . . . . . . . . .  Tom Izard*
Willie Clifford . Anthony Giambrone
Gene Smoyer . . . Guy DeFedericis*
Sully . . . . . . . . . . . .  Dan Sterlace*
Bets . . . . . . . Amanda McCormick
Kewpie . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Dennis*
Eddie Bennett . . . Anthony Tyrpak*
Cedric . . . . Robert "Hodie" Hodas*
Ted Walkowiak . . . . Brian Zybala*
Wally Gawrys . . . . . .  Erik Eimiller

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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