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  "Everything is possible but you must find your own way.  So if you think, 'Ah, there is an example, I will start by doing what he's done,' you are bound to go wrong.
   Because the work that I do today is the result of all the work that I've done through trial and error, in changing times."

-Peter Brook
1982

January 23 - February 8, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

the world debut of
 

OUROBOROS

Conceived of and Directed by 
Brian Zybala*

Developed Collectively by the Ensemble

THREE STARS!!!
"There is discovery and wonder in this 'Ouroboros' . . . a Subversive gift to its followers."

-- Ted Hadley, BUFFALO NEWS 1/26/09
click here to read this review

     Cultivating the experimental side of Subversive Theatre, troupe member Brian Zybala dreamed up OUROBOROS -- an almost-wordless performance piece using pantomime, dance, improvisational movement and a smorgasbord of impassioned soundscapes to explore the cyclical evolution of the Human Race through love, warfare, discovery, exploitation, and death.
Click below for more info...
-- About the Cast 
-- About the Crew 
-- Directions to the Theater
-- Director's Notes 
-- Publicity Photos
-- Return to the OUROBOROS Mainpage
-- Subversation Sundays
 
PRESS COVERAGE:
-- Buffalo News Review 1/26/09
-- Download OUROBOROS Interview on ThinkTwice Radio
 
RELATED INFORMATION:
-- About the Unique Development Process that was Used to Bring OUROBOROS to Life

     Employing experimental techniques from the very outset, OUROBOROS was a play without a script.  Instead Director Zybala and his ensemble gradually discovered each aspect of the production through a series of improvisational exercises.  The result was a totally unique and truly collectivist presentation posing many crucial questions about the very structure of civilizations past and present.
     Flashing back to The Garden of Eden and forward to the World Trade Center bombing, OUROBOROS followed the grand sweep of history showing our species' bizarre path from loose egalitarian hunter/gatherer communities, to slavery, to the unofficial slavery of industrialization, militarism, and near self-obliteration.   
    
Staged in an appropriately hippie-trippy style with the theatre emptied of everything but a circle of chairs and a large elliptical sandpit in the middle of the room, actors clad in loose-fitting, earth-toned costumes, and an enveloping onslaught of psychedelic sound-scapes, the OUROBOROS "experience" took audiences on a mind-bendingly beautiful journey that will not be soon forgotten.  Thank you Brian Zybala for helping Subversive Theatre spread its experimental wings!
     Here's the rundown on who did what:

THE CREW:
Creator/Director . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Zybala*
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Virginia Brannon*
Set & Poster Design . . . . .  Dyan O'Connell*
Sound Design . . . . . . . . . . . . John Shotwell*
Costume Design . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Stuber*
Lighting Design . . . . . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Fight Choreography . . . . . .  Candice Kogut*
Movement Choreography . Monica Karwan*

THE CAST:
Adam/others . . . . . . . . Bryan Patrick Stoyle
Eve/others . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Dudziak*
Abel/dog/father/others Lawrence Rowswell*
Cain/bear/batter/others . . . . . Kevin Dennis*
Bird/puppet/others . . . . . . . .  Jenna Winnett
Mouse/new mother/others . . .  Kaitlin Russo
Priest/others . . . . . Tamara S. Hopersberger
Frog/hunter/others . . . . . . . Yvette Bedgood

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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