September 18 - October 19, 2008
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
PALACE OF THE END
by Judith Thompson
monologues about the true human cost of the War in Iraq
Directed by Virginia Brannon*
Starring Kelly Beuth*, Lawrence Rowswell*, and Dana Block*
"The impact of 'PALACE OF THE
END' could hardly be greater."
-- Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News 9/20/08
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"A superlative first production in the new Manny Fried Playhouse."
-- Willy Rogue Donaldson, Nightlife Magazine 9/23/08
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Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
NOTE: No performance Thursday, October 9
ADMISSION FOR ALL SHOWS: Donation Only!
Fresh from it's New York City debut, this new work by Canadian playwright Judith
Thompson features three incendiary monologues from three only slightly
fictionalized sources to vividly illustrate the horrors of our modern day "War
on Terror" from three completely different perspectives.
The first monologue shows us a former Abu Graib
prison guard who is trying to piece her life back together after a series of
disgusting photos made her the focus of worldwide attention. As she
tells us her story, the vicious psychological cycle of
oppression-begets-oppression becomes frighteningly clear.
In the second monologue, a British weapons inspector tells
his story of how he came to blow the whistle on the Blair Government's phony
case for invading Iraq . . . as he quietly bleeds to death just outside of
In the third and most powerful monologue, an Iraqi
woman whose husband was a leading figure in the Iraqi Communist Party tells
her devastating tale of suffering under Saddam Hussein's Regime . . . and her
tragic demise at the hands of American forces during the First Gulf War.
Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for
2008, PALACE OF THE END is an incredibly moving play that
offers a timeless denunciation of war while simultaneously speaking out on
many of the most pressing issues of our time with an impassioned urgency that
plays all too rarely achieve.
Directed by Subversive Theatre's own Virginia
Brannon*, our production stars (in order of appearance) Kelly Beuth*, Lawrence
Rowswell*, and Dana Block. Set & Costume Design is by Dyan O'Connell*, with
Lighting Design by Carlie Todoro-Rickus*, and Sound Design by John Shotwell.
Performances run from September 18 through October
19, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm. This is
the first production to ever be performed are at Subversive Theatre's newly established
Manny Fried Playhouse" on the third floor of North Buffalo's
Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue.
Starting with this production, Subversive
Theatre is moving its tradition of "Subversations"
(subversive conversations following specific performances) to
Sundays. So please stick around after each Sunday's show for open
discussions with actors, directors, designers, and other audience
members about the issues and ideas surrounding the evening's
Like all Subversive Theatre productions, admission
for this show is free with donations gratefully accepted before, during, and
after each performance. Reservations are not available, seating is on a
first-come-first-served basis with doors opening one half hour prior to each
For more information, give Subversive Theatre a call