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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

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm

NOTE: No performance Thursday, October 9


     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.
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

     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 London.
     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 venue, "The 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 performance.
     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 performance.
     For more information, give Subversive Theatre a call at 716-408-0499.     

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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