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  "The Revolutionary Theatre must Accuse and Attack anything that can be accused and attacked.  It must kill any God anyone names except common Sense." 

-Amiri Baraka
1965

Performed July 26 - August 2, 2008 
at the former Kitchen Distribution Warehouse
Winner of the 2008 Iffy Award for "Best Found Space"!!!

...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS.
by Fernando Arrabal
 

"Superb acting . . . replete with powerful metaphor."
-- Galia Binder, BUFFALO NEWS 8/6/08

click here to read this review
 

     For the 2008 Buffalo "infringement" Festival, Subversive Theatre went off the beaten track -- literally -- to the dank, cavernous basement of a defunct warehouse in the post-industrial wasteland of Buffalo's West Side.
     Each night, muse-like actresses clad in shimmering white robes and neutral white masks led audience members down rickety wooden steps into the shadowy bowls of this massive Turn-of-the-Century warehouse to sit on rotting crates, pallets, and barrelheads and watch a performance that was occasionally even encircled by real life bats fluttering amidst the rafters!
Click below for more info...
-- About the Author
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Production Photos
-- Return to the ...AND THEY PUT HANDCUFFS ON THE FLOWERS Mainpage
 
PRESS COVERAGE:
-- Review: Buffalo News 8/6/08
 
RELATED INFORMATION:
-- Director's Notes
-- Historical Notes: Spanish Civil War
-- Historical Notes: Franco's Spain
-- Timeline: Spain 1936-1978

     In addition to the haunting surroundings, this wholly experiential production also featured surreally stylized mask, movement, and shadow work as mad bohemian music genius Patrick Cain conjured primal sounds from his extraordinary arsenal of found sound instruments.
     Set in a Spanish prison in 1969 amidst the horrors of the Franco dictatorship, "...and they put handcuffs on the flowers." is a notoriously daring play that plumbs the depths of human suffering under the most severe onslaught of degradation, brutality, and oppression.  The story's unflinchingly graphic events are beautifully counter-balanced by the breath-taking poetry infused in every line of Arrabal's psychedelic dialogue.
     This gutwrenching tale ultimately offers a timeless outcry against imprisonment, violence, and authoritarianism that is all too relevant to our modern-day world of Patriot Acts, Military Tribunals, and waterboardings.
     Bringing to life this infamous work of 1960s experimental theatre with a wide array of enigmatic performance styles in the most unconventional of performance spaces, our rendition of "...and they put handcuffs on the flowers." made for a totally unique journey in protest theatre and one of the most all around "subversive" productions we've ever presented.
     Here's the rundown on who did what:
 

THE CREW
Director . . . . . . . . . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Music & Foley Effects . . . . . . Patrick Cain
Movement Choreography Monica Karwan*
Lighting Design . . .  Carlie Todoro-Rickus*
Set Design . . . . . .  . . . . . Dyan O'Connell*
Costume Design . . . . . . . .  Jessica Stuber*
Props Mistress . . . Jeanette Schneiderman*
Fight Captain . . . . . . . . . . . Candice Kogut

THE CAST
Amiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Brian Zybala*
Katar . . . . . . . . . . .  Lawrence Rowswell*
Pronos . . . . . . . . . . .  Leonard Ziolkowski
Tosan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor Morales
Lelia & others . . . . . . . .  Mary Jayne Ertel
Drima & others . . . . . . . . . Jessica Stuber*
Fallidia & others . . . . . . . .  Candice Kogut
Imis & others . . . . . . . . . .  Dechen Dolkar

Special thanks for assistance with this production in the form of house management, videography, photography, and building maintenance in addition to the procurement and transportation of props and set pieces as well as the production and distribution of posters, leaflets, and playbills goes out (in alphabetical order) to the following individuals:
Michael Fanelli*, Tom Izard*, Matt Kantor, Bryan Lohr, John Rickus, Tom Scahill*, Jeanette Schneiderman*, Joe Smeltzer, and Leonard Ziolkowski.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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