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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


March 31st - April 30th, 2016
at the Manny Fried Playhouse


Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents 
for the sixth installment of our "Black Power Play Series"

Written by Gary Earl Ross*
Directed by Michael Lodick*
Starring Lawrence Rowswell*, Gary Earl Ross*,
Greg Howze, Candace M. Whitfield*,
Brendan Cunningham, Rich Kraemer,
J. Tim Raymond*, Murry Galloway*,
and many others.

March 31st - April 30th, 2016

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Plus two bonus Sunday performances April 10th & 17th at 3pm
Tickets $25.00 general admission
or $20.00 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


"They say my skin is 'the Mark of Cain.'
  My flesh the flesh of the first murderer."
-Dr. Ossian Cain


        Subversive Theatre is honored to present the world debut of the newest play by Buffalo's award-winning author Gary Earl Ross*.

        As racial injustice rips through America's courtrooms, THE MARK OF CAIN looks back at a racially-explosive courtroom battle nine decades past that speaks volumes about our divided present.

        THE MARK OF CAIN is a fictionalized account of the real life case of a prestigious black doctor arrested for the supposed "crime" of firing his gun into a racist mob who attacked his home in 1925 Detroit.  This incendiary case became even more volatile as famed civil rights attorney Clarence Darrow -- known as 'The Defender of the Damned' -- took on the defense and used the case as an opportunity to unmask KKK activity in the North and stand up for the right of ALL people to defend themselves against vigilante violence.

        In much the same way that Lawrence & Lee's play INHERIT THE WIND epically fictionalized Darrow's defense in the Scopes Case, Ross's new play freely adapts events from history weaving together courtroom drama, African-American history, civil rights issues, family turmoil, and a healthy dose of creative license to craft a stunningly personal tale of one man's quest for justice in a time when justice was in brutally short supply.       


"What must a good man do to be accepted as an American?"
-Charles Durham

        Subversive Theatre is proud to once again be home to the world debut of a play by the one and only Gary Earl Ross*.  A respected Buffalo author, educator, and journalist, Ross* and his plays are a valued part of Subversive Theatre's arsenal.  Audiences will remember December of 2014 when we unveiled his breath-taking anti-war work THE GUNS OF CHRISTMAS which won the Artie Award for "Outstanding New Play."  Ross* has since become an Associate Artistic Director here at Subversive and we're thrilled to see our partnership grow and grow.

        THE MARK OF CAIN is directed by Subversive Theatre's Associate Producer Michael Lodick and features the acting talents of Lawrence Rowswell*, Gary Earl Ross*, Greg Howze, Candace M. Whitfield*, Brendan Cunningham, Rich Kraemer, J. Tim Raymond*, Murry Galloway*, Tamara S. Hopersberger*, and Aquira Roberts.  Set Design is by Tom Izard* with Sound Design by our resident sound aficionado John Shotwell*, Costume Design by Maribeth Pauline, and Lighting Design by Subversive's Artistic Director & award-winning lighting dude Kurt Schneiderman*.

"If American isn't free and equal 
in 1925, when will it be?"

-Dr. Ossian Cain

THE MARK OF CAIN runs March 31st - April 30th, 2016 with shows Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.  There are two bonus Sunday performances April 10th & 17th at 3pm.  All shows are in our regular performance venue, The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.     

        Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members.  As always, all Thursday shows are pay-what-you-can.

        For more information call 716-408-0499 where you can also leave reservations and/or questions for your comrades at Subversive Theatre.  Reservations will be held up till 5 minutes before showtime.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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