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  "The Poem, the Song, the Picture, the Play is only water drawn from the well of the people and it should be given back to them in a cup of beauty so that they may drink -- and, in drinking, understand themselves." 
-- Federico Garcia Lorca
1934

Now Playing

WAITING FOR LEFTY
by Clifford Odets
produced in collaboration with the New Phoenix Theatre Company
 
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays
January 10th - February 2nd
Curtain Time for All Shows: 8pm

All performances at 
the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park
95 North Johnson Park, 
Downtown Buffalo

"A paean to the working class . . . brilliantly acted and emotionally potent"  Three-and-a-Half Stars!!! 
-- Ted Hadley, BUFFALO NEWS 1/14/08

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"[A] first rate production . . . captivating, provocative, and enormously engaging."
-- Anthony Chase, ARTVOICE MAGAZINE 1/31/08

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"A rousing adventure . . . This whole production is an Agitation on the Body Politic -- an Exaltation of the American Labor Movement." 
-- Willy Rogue Donaldson, NIGHT-LIFE MAGAZINE 1/21/08

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"A beautifully crafted play . . . a beautifully constructed show . . . it is great theater." 
-- Augustine Warner, ONLINE BUFFALO 1/19/08

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     Subversive Theatre is thrilled to at long last present one of the greatest theatrical testaments to workers and unions ever written!  WAITING FOR LEFTY is an incredibly empowering one-act drama about everyday workers who overcome fear, ignorance, and their own corrupt union leadership to strike for a better life.  Set amidst a New York City taxicab workers' union meeting during the plight of the Great Depression, workers come forward to tell their personal stories of how they became involved in the union movement . . . the results are stunning, inspiring, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable.
Click below for more info...
-- About the Author
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Publicity Photos
-- Production Photos
-- Return to the WAITING FOR LEFTY Mainpage
 
PRESS COVERAGE:
-- Buffalo News Preview: 1/11/08
-- Review: Artvoice Magazine
-- Review: Buffalo News
-- Review: Nightlife Magazine
-- Review: Online Buffalo
 
RELATED INFORMATION:
-- Historical Notes: the Labor Movement in 1935

     Originally produced on Broadway in 1935 by New York City's notoriously daring Group Theatre, WAITING FOR LEFTY is a cornerstone of Twentieth Century Protest Theatre as well as the entire genre of Realism in the American Theatre. 
     Produced in collaboration with the New Phoenix Theatre Company, our rendition of this timeless masterpiece is directed by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman.  New Phoenix's Executive Director Richard Lambert+ heads up a massive cast of over twenty-five thespians that includes Victor Morales, Kate LoConti, Keith Elkins*, Bill Schmidt*, Jennifer Linch, Jeffrey Coyle and many, many others (for complete cast list click on the "About the Cast" menu heading in right column).
     Lighting Design is by Carlie Todoro-Rickus*, with Set Design by Dyan O'Connell, Costume Design by Kate Palame, Sound Design by Geoffrey Tocin, Graphic Design by Michael Klemm, Fight Choreography by M. Joseph Fratello, Dance Choreography by Jeffrey Coyle, and Live Music performed by Robb C. Nesbitt.*
     All shows are at the New Phoenix Theatre at 95 North Johnson Park in downtown Buffalo.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from January 11th through February 2nd with a pay-what-you-can preview performance on Thursday, January 10th.  General admission for all shows is $20.00 or $15.00 for students and seniors.  Group discount rates are available.  For more information please contact Subversive Theatre by phone at 716-408-0499.  To reserve tickets, call the New Phoenix Theatre at 853-1334.
     Throughout this production, Subversive Theatre continues its tradition of "Subversation Saturdays" -- after each Saturday's performance we invite audiences to stick around and join with members of the cast and crew for an informal discussion of the play they've just seen.  These discussions are our number one way of getting feedback from our audiences, so we hope you'll join in!  For information on the line-up of specific Subversation discussion, click on the "Subversation Saturdays" menu heading in the above right column. 
     Our production of WAITING FOR LEFTY is sponsored by the Western New York Area Labor Federation, Frank J. Dolce, Esq., and the Buffalo Teachers Federation.  Special thanks for support for this production also goes out to Emanuel Fried, Andrea Kwiatkowski, Patricia DeVinney, the El Buen Amigo Latin American Cultural Center, the Buffalo Federal Credit Union, Generations Antiques & Collectibles, Tops Friendly Markets, Inc., and Allentown Music.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective
+ = indicates members of the Actors' Equity Association

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