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2002-2017: Now in Year #14 of our Kamikaze Journey!
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-August Strindberg
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About the Cast

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Victor Morales
("Carl Morgan")
     Victor's long list of stage credits features the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, Kavinoky, Shakespeare in the Park, Amherst Players, the Lancaster Opera House, New Phoenix, and the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild.
     Victor's credits with Subversive Theatre is no less impressive.  Over the past four years he's appeared in our productions of  ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN (2004), FOUNDATIONS (2007), our Artie Award-winning production of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008), and ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS (2008).

Tim Eimiller
("Dave Sigmund")
     Holding a BFA in Theatre from SUNY Buffalo, Tim's stage credits include Irish Classical Theatre (OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER, MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN), Shakespeare in Delaware Park (HAMLET, KING LEAR), Road Less Traveled Productions (BONEGRINDERS), Theatre Helden (OEDIPUS REX, THE PHYSICISTS), and Kaleidoscope Theatre (RUMORS, SEE HOW THEY RUN).
     Tim's previous appearance with Subversive Theatre was in our staged reading of THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED for May Day 2008. 

David A. Hoffmann
("Stanley Gorski")
     Dave has been seen previously with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Ujima Theatre, New Phoenix Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions and Kavinoky Theatre - where he was part of the Artie Award winning "Best Ensemble in a Play" for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.
     Dave is an accomplished improvisationalist and comedian, working locally with ComedySportz, Mutant Rasputin and the Eclectic Company and studying at the prestigious Second City improv school in Toronto.
     This project marks Dave's first appearance with Subversive Theatre.

Leon S. Copeland, Jr.*
      Leon has only been a member of Subversive Theatre for less than a year now, but in that time he has been very active appearing in our productions of WAITING FOR LEFTY, NICKEL AND DIMED and now DROP HAMMER.
     Leon has also done extensive work at the Paul Robeson Theatre where he appeared in their productions of MULEBONE, SOUL SOUNDS, and August Wilson's FENCES to name only a few.

Marshall Maxwell*
("Shouter #1 -- Howie Evans")
     A member of Subversive Theatre's Board of Directors, Marshall is a fervent supporter of all forms of political theatre.  In addition to a long list of stage appearances in Boston and New York City, Marshall's local credits include work with the Paul Robeson and the New Phoenix Theatres.
     Previous appearances with Subversive Theatre include: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO SHOOT THE CZAR (2004 Toronto Fringe Festival), FOUNDATIONS (2007), THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE (2007 Buffalo "infringement" Festival), and our Artie Award-winning production of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008).

Tom Izard*
("Shouter #2 -- Bill Payne")
     A very supportive member of Subversive Theatre, Tom describes himself as a "jackleg thespian" who "frittered away his formative years as a University Lecturer in Computer Science and as a software engineer for the next quarter century."
    A volunteer fire fighter in the sunny uplands of Pendleton, NY, Tom has only made five appearances on stage in his life -- but three of them have been with Subversive Theatre -- the vignette "The Death of Socrates in America" for SUBVERSIVE SHORTS 2007, WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008) and NICKEL AND DIMED (2008).

Anthony Giambrone
("Shouter #3 -- Willie Clifford")
     Anthony is a Math teacher at the Hopevale Union Free School in Hamburg, where he also serves as a Drama Club and Student Council advisor.
     He was last seen in Batavia Player's production of JULIUS CAESAR and previously in their productions of TAMING OF THE SHREW and MACBETH.  Other acting credits include Batavia Rotary Productions and the Niagara University Players
     This is Anthony's first appearance with Subversive Theatre.  He would like to thank his family for all the inspiration they have given him throughout the years.

Guy DeFedericis*
("Shouter #4 -- Gene Smoyer")
     A resident of Dunkirk, NY, Guy has appeared with the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Springville Players, and South Buffalo Theatre.  
     Guy recently put his talents to work behind the scenes as stage manager for the New Phoenix Theatre's DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . WITH YOU earlier this Fall.
     DROP HAMMER marks Guy's second appearance with Subversive Theatre . . . the first being our Artie Award-winning production of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008).

Betsy Bittar
("Mildred Morgan")
     Betsy is a long-time Buffalo actress who has appeared in a number of out of the ordinary productions including New Phoenix Theatre's productions of ALICE UNDERGROUND and THE WOMAN BEFORE, Buffalo Ensemble Theatre's BEHIND THE GREEN DOG as well as a one-woman tour-de-force performance in Pandora's Box Theatre's BECCA AND HEIDI.
     Betsy's previous appearances with Subversive Theatre include MOTHER DIS-COURAGE (2004) and SINCERITY FOREVER (2006).
     Look for Betsy next at the New Phoenix Theatre in BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE in February.

Daniel Sterlace*
     One of Subversive Theatre's newest members -- and our newly enshrine Resident Graphic Designer to boot! -- Dan's a Canisius College graduate with a BS in Digital Media Arts.  After appearing in many productions with Canisius' Little Theatre Drama Club -- as well as serving as Club President -- Dan went on to appear in SMELL OF THE KILL with Kaleidoscope Theatre.
     With Subversive Theatre, Dan previously appeared in the vignette "Don't Shoot the Messenger" for SUBVERSIVE SHORTS 2007.
     Thanks to all for support and to Subversive Theatre for producing shows others shy away from.

Amanda McCormick
("Bets Sigmund")
     After a ten year hiatus, Amanda is pleased to be returning to the stage with Subversive Theatre.  Previous stage work includes appearances in the Rochester area in such productions as MIRACLE WORKER, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and a Rochester Broadway Theatre League nomination for best supporting actress in ANYTHING GOES.
     Most recently, Amanda staged managed the Kaleidoscope Theatre production of SOMETHING TO HIDE.  This is her first time working with Subversive Theatre.

Jack Agugliaro*
("Frank Ryan")
      A teacher and reading specialist, Jack is the Chair of Lewiston's Theatre-in-the-Mist, Inc. and has appeared in their productions of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS (Nunzio), BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (Jack), ANOTHER ANTIGONE (Henry Harper), and THE INEXPERIENCED GHOST (Michael), to name only a few.  Over the years, Jack has also directed, stage managed, and assisted with make-up.
    Jack's only previous appearance with Subversive Theatre came in the vignette "Please Remove This Stuffed Animal from My Head" as part of SUBVERSIVE SHORTS 2007.  And we're very pleased to have him back on board for this project.

Kevin Dennis*
("Kewpie Fleischauer")
     Kevin studied theatre at Buffalo State College and is proud to have been involved in several local productions including the New Phoenix Theatre's KISS ME GUIDO.
     DROP HAMMER is Kevin's third appearance with Subversive Theatre, the others being in the vignette "The Death of Socrates in America" as part of SUBVERSIVE SHORTS 2007 and our Artie Award-winning production of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008).

Anthony Tyrpak*
("Eddie Bennett")
     Tony is proud to be in his fourth performance in the world of Buffalo Theatre . . . not counting various Shakespeare plays during his time as a member of Canisius College's Little Theatre Drama Club.  He would like to thank his friends, family, and that special someone.
     DROP HAMMER is Tony's third appearance with Subversive Theatre, the others being THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE for the 2007 Buffalo "infringement" Festival (pictured left) and our Artie Award-winning production of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008).

Robert "Hodie" Hodas*
("Cedric Thompson")
     A member of Subversive Theatre's Board of Directors, "Hodie" is a long-time union activist and political organizer who is very honored to have this opportunity to appear in a play by the one and only Manny Fried.
     While not an actor by trade, Hodie has graciously performed in a number of Subversive Theatre's staged readings over the years including ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN (2003), BURY THE DEAD (2005), THE MOTHER (2005), and others.  Our current project marks Hodie's first time acting in a full scale production.

Brian Zybala*
("Ted Walkowiak" & understudy for "Evans")
     A well-traveled actor with a predilection for all types of experimental theatre, Brian holds a BFA in Theatre from the University at Buffalo and an MEd from Boston's Leslie University.  Having performed locally with Theater for Change, RANT, Irish Classical, New Phoenix, and Skeletons in the Closet Productions, he now teaches 3rd grade in Wales Center School System.  
     An ardent member of Subversive Theatre, Brian has appeared in our productions of  THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (2002), SINCERITY FOREVER (2006), ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS (2008) as well as our staged reading of THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED for May Day 2008.

Erik Eimiller
("Wally Gawrys")
     It's been ten years since Erik has been on the stage . . . in a theatrical sense.  But he's thrilled that his brother (and fellow cast member) Tim asked him to jump into the role of Wally Gawrys (just a week before opening night!).
     Erik has had a wonderful time with DROP HAMMER and the experience has re-kindled his acting aspirations . . . so look out world!!!

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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