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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

For our seventh annual May Day Performance...

The Story of Joe Hill!
by Barrie Stavis

May 1st, 2008
A staged reading at the Alt Theatre

     As the seventh-annual installment of our May Day Performance Series, we were very honored to present a staged reading of THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED by Barrie Stavis in celebration of May Day 2008.  This rarely performed docu-drama play tells the all-too-true story of the life, frame-up, and execution of the famous I.W.W. organizer/songwriter Joe Hill.
Click below for more info...
-- About Joe Hill
-- About May Day
-- About our May Day Performance Series

     Born Joseph Hillstrom in 1879, this Swedish immigrant moved to the U.S. in 1902 and became a fervent organizer for the revolutionary union group The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W. a.k.a. "The Wobblies").
     Also a gifted songwriter, Joe Hill immortalized many of America's most popular union songs including "The Preacher and the Slave," "Power in a Union," and "Rebel Girl."
     While leading a miners' strike in Utah, he was framed by area copper magnates and ultimately executed in 1915.  Since his death, the fighting legacy of Joe Hill has provided inspiration to workers all the world over.
     Our staged reading turned out a standing-room-only crowd and the play's extensive cast gave a very passionate performance of this powerful tribute.  The evening was capped off beautifully as Buffalo's own living legend, the once-blacklisted playwright, actor, and union organizer Manny Fried lead the audience in a chorus the classic union ballad "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."
As always, we were honored to do our small part to help keep the tradition of May Day alive and kicking!  Here are the details on who did what: 

sorta-kinda in order of appearance
Narration . . . . . .  Virginia Brannon*
Joe Hill . . . . . . . . . . . .  Tim Eimiller
Ed Rowan . . . . . . . . .  Brian Zybala
Tom Sharpe . . .  M. Joseph Fratello
Ben Winton . . .  Marshall Maxwell*
Rabinowitz, others . . . Kelly Beuth*
Policeman, Stone . . . .  Neil Garvey
Judge Howe, others .  Keith Elkins*
Martha Weber . . . . Jennifer Linch*
Harry McRae . . . . . . Tom Scahill*
Moody, others . . . . Dennis Keefe*
Marshall, others .  Doug Zschiegner
Cooley, others . .  David Granville*
Hennessy, others . . . .  Tom Izard*
Thompson, others . . . Jason Healy
Hilda Winton . . . . . .  Julie Oesch*
Judge Beard, others . Bill Schmidt*
McBride, Gov. Weed . Ed Tormay

Director . . . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Stage Manager . Hasheen DeBerry*
Sound Designer . . . .  John Shotwell
Prod Asst. . Jeanette Schneiderman*

Jeanette Schneiderman*,
Bobbi DeBose*,
Brian Barrington*.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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