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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


February 5th - March 7th, 2015
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

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


Adapted + Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*
from Shakespeare's incendiary classic

Starring Jeffrey Coyle*, Dee Perry, Candace M. Whitfield*,
Greg Howze, Verneice Turner, and Shabar Rouse
February 5th - March 7th, 2014

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!

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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 is WHITE BOY OTHELLO.

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.

When 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.


            Each 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 Power Play Series has grown into a crucial component of Subversive Theatre's overall mission to make provocative art that speaks to the burning issues of our time.

            This 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.

            In 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.

Perdition catch my soul but I do love thee,
And when I love thee not, chaos is come again.


* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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