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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

by Emanuel Fried*

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

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

-- Ted Hadley, BUFFALO NEWS CRITIC 11/15/08
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

"DROP HAMMER has the power and authenticity of the union man's raw experience -- a quality that has been rare in American Drama since the Thirties."

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
No performance Thurs, Nov 27th (Thanksgiving Day) and Sun, Dec 7th


     For the third annual installment of our "Workers' Power Play Series," Subversive Theatre is 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
-- 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
-- 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. 
     Directed by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, DROP HAMMER features the acting talents of Victor Morales, Tim Eimiller, and David A. Hoffmann heading up an extensive cast that also includes Leon S. Copeland, Jr.*, Betsy Bittar, Daniel Sterlace*, Jack Agugliaro, Marshall Maxwell*, Tom Izard*, Anthony Giambrone, Guy DeFedericis*, Kevin Dennis, Anthony Tyrpak*, Robert Hodas*, and Brian Zybala*.
     Set and Lighting Design is by Dyan O'Connell* with Sound Design by John Shotwell*, Costume Design by Paul Stephenson, Fight Choreography by Candice Kogut, and artwork by Carol Carreno.
     Performances run from November 13th through December 14th, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.  No performance Thursday, November 27th (Thanksgiving Day) and Sunday, December 7th.  All shows are at Subversive Theatre's newly established performance venue, "The Manny Fried Playhouse" on the third floor of North Buffalo's Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue.
     Throughout this production, Subversive Theatre continues its tradition of holding post-show discussions after each Sunday's performance.  We call this tradition "subversations" (subversive + conversations, get it?).  We've put together a terrific line-up of discussions for each Sunday of DROP HAMMER that includes local labor leaders, historians, and even the playwright himself.  Click on "Subversation Sundays" in the above right column to view the whole line-up in more detail.
     Like all Subversive Theatre productions, admission for this show is free with donations gratefully accepted before, during, and after each performance.  Reservations are not available, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis with doors opening one half hour prior to each performance.
     For more information, give us a call at 716-408-0499.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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