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  "We possess within ourselves a great reservoir of physical and spiritual strength to which poetry, fiction, and the stage should give voice.  Ours is a social as well as a literary responsibility."

-Langston Hughes

January 30th - March 1st, 2014
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

for the fourth installment of our annual "Black Power Play Series"


by Katori Hall
Directed by Gary Earl Ross*
Starring Jonathan K. Lee and Candace M. Whitfield

January 30th - March 1st, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25.00 General Admission
$20.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members
Admission for all Thursday performances is pay-what-you-can

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-- Buffalo News Preview 1/28/14
-- Artvoice Review 2/13/14


-- King's Radical Quotes
-- About our "Black Power Play Series"

"[S]incerity and dignity... Katori's script benefits from a more modest production.  Two actors, a motel room, and a few projections land the message of the piece very powerfully."
-Anthony Chase  ARTVOICE MAGAZINE  2/13/14
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 "Thorny... afflicting... [Martin Luther] King's embrace of the economic justice movement in his later life seemed the perfect topic for Subversive to explore."
-Colin Dabkowski  GUSTO MAGAZINE  1/28/14
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     For the fourth show in our 11th Season at Subversive Theatre, we're excited to present a bold new work that dares to look at a Civil Rights Icon in a whole new light -- THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall.  

    Fresh from a Broadway premiere that starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, this Civil Rights Era drama sports a refreshingly different portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the night before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.  Offering a rare glimpse at the more radical politics of his final days... along with an unapologetic look at his more unpolished and lascivious tendencies, this raw, inventive, and sometimes supernatural One-Act play reveals a leader who is scared, angry, desperate, besieged, maligned, and far from perfect... but much more human and ultimately much more inspiring than the tame, toothless, two-dimensional icon that too many textbooks try to reduce him to today. 

    In the most unexpected and 'subversive' of ways, THE MOUNTAINTOP recaptures the full fire of Martin Luther King's radical message for a new audience, a new Century... and a new revolution! 

  "Let them call me 'Commie King' all they want!  
I don't care."

    Our production is directed by one of Buffalo's most respected African-American artists, author/playwright/professor Gary Earl Ross*.  The cast features Jonathan K. Lee as the one and only Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Candace M. Whitfield as the maid in the Lorraine Motel who has a surprising role to play at a turning point in history. 

    Set Design is by Michael Lodick* with Lighting Design by Hasheen DeBerry*, Sound Design by Jamie Nablo, and Video Design by Peter Johnson, Costumes by Gary Earl Ross*, Props by Jane Cudmore* and Gary Earl Ross*. 

"Sending tapes to my wife!  Trying to break up my family!  You think you can break me!?!  You will NEVER break me!!!" 

    Don't miss THE MOUNTAINTOP!  It starts just ten days after Martin Luther King Day (of course!) and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from January 30th - March 1st, 2014.  All performances are in Subversive Theatre's 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.  Admission for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.

"Fuck the White Man?  
I likes that."

    For more information or to make a reservation, call our phoneline at 716-408-0499.  Ask about group rates, sponsorships, and our daytime matinee for school groups!  Tickets can be purchased online through the link provided above.

    We'd like to thank our sponsors for this production: the Western Regional Office of the New York Civil Liberties Union and Maria Scrivani & John Lipsitz.

    Pass the baton!

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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