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   "The Arts are the locale for a kind of guerilla warfare . . . they're subtle so the Establishment gambles that they won't lead to anything threatening.  
    But the Establishment often loses that gamble." 

-Howard Zinn


September 4 - October 4, 2014
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

for the ninth annual installment for our "Workers' Power Play Series"
we're honored to present the unrelenting od


adapted for the stage by Frank Galati
from John Steinbeck's masterpiece


Directed by Gary Darling*
Starring Eric Mowery*, Joy Scime*, 
Jack Agugliaro*, Tim Joyce,
and over 20 other actors in this mammoth epic!

September 4th - October 4th, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Tickets $25 general admission
or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can!

Click here to purchase tickets online for all shows

Lockhouse Distillery -- Buffalo's only local distillery, makers of grape-based vodka --
 will be hosting the Opening Night After-Party compete with a tour of their distillery, 
free vodka tastings and a chance to toast our amazing cast on their grand unveiling.
Lockhouse Distillery is located just across the hall from Subversive Theatre 
on the third floor of the Great Arrow Building.  Don't miss this great event!

          To mark the 75th anniversary of the publishing of John Steinbeck's staggering anti-capitalist epic, we are proud to kick off our twelfth season at Subversive Theatre with Frank Galati's stage adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH. This Tony Award-winning adaptation maintains the vast majority of Steinbeck's original tale weaving in powerful musical strains and intense stage combat sequences to deliver a breath-taking testament to the power of the most destitute to stand against a world of brutal inequality.  First performed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 1988, this unrelenting masterpiece seems all too current in our Twenty-First Century America still blighted by vicious exploitation, callous indifference, police brutality, and an appalling gap between rich and poor.

          Our production is no less daring than the play itself.  Directed by veteran actor/director Gary Darling*, this project features no less than twenty-five actors ranging from age eleven to age eighty bringing to life over fifty characters in this Depression Era odyssey.  The cast stars Eric Mowery* as the  intrepid "Tom Joad", Joy Scime* and Jack Agugliaro* as "Ma & Pa Joad", and Tim Joyce as rabble-rousing "Preacher Casey".  The rest of this diverse and multitudinous ensemble features Diane Cammarata*, J. Tim Raymond, Leo DiBello, John Jacoby*, Ashley Evans, Josh Robinson, Benjamin Caldwell, Tara Rae Hark, Priscilla Young-Anker, Virginia Brannon*, Daniel Greer, Mark Gravel, Kathleen Godwin, Murry Galloway*, Bryan Figueroa, Hasheen DeBerry*, and Leon Copeland*.  We're also happy to welcome young actors Hannah Tedesco, Beau Purdy, Erin Zeller, and Carlos Maggiolo who will be playing the Joad children on alternating nights.

          The team behind the scenes is no less impressive.  We're honored to have Buffalo's most respected stage combat choreographer Steve Vaughan working on his first project with Subversive Theatre along with Michael Lodick* as Lighting Designer, Jamie Nablo as Sound Designer, Tim Lane as Set Designer, Bob Van Valin* as Video Designer and Assistant Director, Mindy Purdy as Costume Designer, and Nancy Dempsey as Make-Up Designer.  Illustrations by J. Tim Raymond with web design, publicity, and photography by Kurt Schneiderman*.

          This unforgettable rendition of THE GRAPES OF WRATH runs September 4th - October 4th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm at Subversive Theatre's usual performance venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's Great Arrow Building.  Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members.  For all Thursday shows, admission is pay-what-you-can.  Due to the graphic nature of some scenes, this show is recommended for mature audiences.

          For more information call 716-408-0499 where you can also leave reservations and/or questions for your comrades at Subversive Theatre.



* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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