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
-- Ted Hadley, BUFFALO NEWS CRITIC 11/15/08
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"[T]here aren't many
probing life in the working classes and putting the result on stage.
-- Augustine Warner, ONLINE BUFFALO 11/27/08
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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."
-- Henry F. Salerno, DRAMA & THEATRE MAGAZINE
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
No performance Thurs, Nov 27th (Thanksgiving Day) and Sun, Dec 7th
ADMISSION FOR ALL SHOWS: Donation Only!
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*.
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
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
Guy DeFedericis*, Kevin Dennis, Anthony Tyrpak*, Robert Hodas*, and Brian
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
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
For more information, give us a call