February 5th - March 7th, 2015
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
for the fifth installment of our Black Power Play Series
Adapted + Directed by Kurt
from Shakespeare's incendiary classic
Starring Jeffrey Coyle*, Dee Perry, Candace M. Whitfield*,
Greg Howze, Verneice Turner, and Shabar Rouse
February 5th - March
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25 general admission
or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can!
here to purchase tickets online for all shows
It is the cause,
it is the cause, my soul --
Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars! --
It is the cause.
This is not ancient history.
This is not a historical curiosity.
This is not an academic discussion.
This is not something you read a hundred textbooks to understand.
This is here. This is now.
This is in your face. This
is not on the other side of the world. This
is just down the block. This is
burning. This is suffocating.
This is a punch in the gut. This
For the fifth installment of
our Black Power Play
Series, Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents our original
adaptation of Shakespeare's incendiary classic OTHELLO.
By 'flipping-the-script,' pitting a white Othello opposite a black
ensemble and adding a series of our own subversive twists, our version seeks
to add a new stick of dynamite to the already-explosive discussion of racial
injustice in America today.
WHITE BOY OTHELLO
slips defiantly back and forth between Shakespeare's original text and much
more Twenty-First Century forms of street language to offer a leaner, meaner,
edgier, and unrelentingly urgent new look at this timeless masterpiece.
Developed collectively by the ensemble, the cast adds their own real
life stories to root this production firmly in here and now and build a
reality that is all too rare in theatre.
you these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
Adapted and directed by
Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, this production proudly features the acting
talents of Jeffrey Coyle* as "Othello,"
Dee Perry as "Iago,"
Candace M. Whitfield* as "Desdemona,"
Verneice Turner* as "Emilia,"
Greg Howze as "Cassio,"
and Shabar Rouse as "Roderigo." The ensemble
also includes Shabar Rouse, Leon
Copeland*, Perris Fortson, Elijah Tyner,
Stephen Harris, Tashani Wiggins,
and Mary Katherine Lodick with set
design by Joshua Robinson, lighting
design by Hasheen DeBerry*, sound
design by Rick Vogt, and video design by Peter Johnson.
WHITE BOY OTHELLO
runs February 5th through
March 7th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
at 8pm. All shows are in
Subversive Theatre's usual 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, admission for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.
For more information call Subversive Theatre at 716-408-0499.
ABOUT OUR BLACK
year we set aside one performance slot for a play that offers a radical
perspective on race, resistance, and re-imagination.
Now in its fifth year, our Black
Series has grown into a crucial component of Subversive Theatre's
overall mission to make provocative art that speaks to the burning issues of
program began in 2011 with our production of Oyamo's I AM A MAN under the direction of Annette Daniels-Taylor.
It continued with our 2012 production of Lorraine Hansberry's Civil
Rights Era masterpiece A RAISIN IN THE SUN under the direction of Victoria Perez* who
returned the next season to direct August Wilson's final play RADIO
GOLF. Most recently we were honored to feature Katori Hall's
controversial new work THE MOUNTAINTOP
directed by Gary Earl Ross* in 2014.
2015, as outrage against racial injustice boils all across our nation on a
scale not seen in decades, we feel our newest installment is more urgent, more
timely, and more important than ever.
my soul but I do love thee,
And when I love thee not, chaos is come again.