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  "Perhaps you could describe it as 'theatre of defiance'; yes, my object is to defy.  I am protesting against the conspiracy of silence about how the next man lives and what happens to groups other than our own." 

-South African Playwright
Athol Fugard

September 18 - October 19, 2008
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

by Judith Thompson

Three monologues about the true human cost of the War in Iraq

Directed by Virginia Brannon*
Starring Kelly Beuth*, Lawrence Rowswell*, and Dana Block*

Three Stars!!!
"The impact of 'PALACE OF THE END' could hardly be greater."

-- Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News 9/20/08
Click here to read this review

"A superlative first production in the new Manny Fried Playhouse."
-- Willy Rogue Donaldson, Nightlife Magazine 9/23/08
Click here to read this review

     We couldn't have asked for a more fitting play to present for Subversive Theatre's first ever production in our new home at the Manny Fried Playhouse.  PALACE OF THE END by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson captured the enormity of the human toll of the Iraq War with gut-wrenching intensity.  
Click below for more info...
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About the Playwright
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Get Directions to the Play
-- Production Photos
-- Rehearsal Photos
-- Return to the PALACE OF THE END Mainpage
-- Subversation Sundays 
-- About Lynndie England (historical basis for the first monologue)
-- Interview with Playwright Judith Thompson
-- Buffalo News Review 9/20/08
-- Nightlife Mag. Review 9/23/08

     Fresh from debuts in NYC, L.A., and Toronto, this only slightly fictionalized play was made up entirely of three incendiary monologues from three totally different perspectives that vividly illustrated the suffering on both sides of the conflict.
     The first monologue performed by Kelly Beuth* showed a former Abu Graib prison guard (an obvious reference to the real-life Private Lynndie England) telling the whole story behind the photographs of grotesque torture techniques employed by her and other soldiers on helpless prisoners. 
     In the second monologue, British weapons inspector Dr. David Kelley -- portrayed passionately by actor Lawrence Rowswell* -- tells his story of how he came to blow the whistle on his Government's phony case for invading Iraq . . . as he quietly bleeds to death just outside of London.
     In the third and most powerful monologue, actress Dana Block* gave earth-shatteringly powerful performance as the real-life activist Nehrjas Al-Saffarh -- an Iraqi woman who endured unspeakable torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein's Secret Police as they persecuted her husband, a leading figure in the Iraqi Communist Party.  
     Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 2008, PALACE OF THE END offered a timeless denunciation of war while simultaneously speaking out on many of the most pressing issues of our  time.  It was an honor to bring this courageous work to life.
     Here's who did what:

Director . . . . . . . . .  Virginia Brannon*
Stage Manager . . . . . .  Travis Hedland
Set/Costume Design . Dyan O'Connell*
Light Design . .  Carlie Todoro-Rickus*
Sound Design . . . . . . .  John Shotwell*
Make-Up Design . . .  Kelly M. Beuth*
Poster Design . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Block's Dialect Coach . .  Kristen Scott
Voiceover Voice . . . . . .  Ayman Yasin

Soldier . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly M. Beuth*
Dr. Kelley . . . . . Lawrence Rowswell*
Nehrjas Al-Saffarh . . . . . Dana Block*

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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