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  "I think anybody who takes the trouble to write what we refer to as a serious play is holding a mirror up to people, saying: 'Look, this is the way you behave, this is who you are.  If you don't like it, why don't you change?'"
                 -Edward Albee
                                1979

 

   
FOUNDATIONS
Written + Directed by 
Kurt Schneiderman

January 25 - February 10, 2007
At the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

     To kick off our 2007 Season, we went all out to bring to life the world-debut of a bold new work by our own Founder & Artistic Director, Kurt Schneiderman.
     By far our most ambitious undertaking to date, the play FOUNDATIONS is a powerful working class epic -- a three-act blue-collar drama involving an eleven-character ensemble, an elaborate construction site set, and a climactic demolition scene that was an incredible challenge -- both technically and artistically -- to mount.
     FOUNDATIONS is a modern day story of one disheveled group of construction workers during one dismal day on the job.  When a Black worker on the site declares himself on a "one-man strike", work comes to a screeching halt and this unionized crew is quick to turn on each other.  Ultimately, these self-described "Hard Hat Whores" are forced to face up against all of the bigotries that keep them apart -- the racism, sexism, the corruption in their own Union, and much, much, more.
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-- About the Author
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- View Press Photos
-- Read Review: Buffalo News
-- Read Review: Online Buffalo
-- Return to the FOUNDATIONS mainpage

      In his three-star review, Buffalo News Critic Ted Hadley declared: "Foundations" is really a pro-union valentine of sorts to blue-collar construction workers, a gritty tale of a day on the job by people who work with their hands... Impressive work... Schneiderman creates some fascinating characters. The words he puts in their mouths, their commentaries on the world-at-large, their insults, the knifing ethnic slurs by a few, their vulgar nicknames, come out sounding real. There is enough billingsgate for a dozen plays." 
     Augustine Warner of Online Buffalo added: "When Kurt Schneiderman was writing "Foundations" he clearly wasn't looking for soft, feelgood entertainment.  His "Foundations" is a slash and burn attack on every who doesn't like Unions... a local play with a much larger message."
     Sadly, our production was beset by a thousand difficulties.  Severe illnesses in the cast -- as well as an ill-timed blizzard and many other calamities beyond our control -- forced us to cancel several performances.  It was very painful to come away with so little after so much hard work . . . and worst of all, to have to turn away so many of our dedicated audience members. 
     But the few performances we managed of FOUNDATIONS were a great success.  Directed by the author himself, this production was a thrilling combination of powerful drama and searing polemic -- a latter-day outcry against prejudice and capitalism -- an impassioned tribute to the struggles of working people everywhere.
     Here's the list of who did what:
     

Director . . . . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Asst Director . . . .  Virginia Brannon*
Stage Manager . . . Virginia Brannon*
Asst Stage Manager . Kevin Morrison
Set Design . . . . . . . . . .  David Butler
Costume Design . . . . . . .  Tessa Lew
Sound Design . . . . . .  Brian Wantuch
Lighting Design . Kurt Schneiderman*
Props Master . . . . .  Kevin Morrison
Poster Design . . . . .  Michael Sprada
Fight Choreography . Andrew J. Liegl
Fight Captain . . . . . . . . . Andy Moss

Benedetti . . . . . . . . . Dennis Keefe*
Sheppard . . .  Willie W. Judson, Jr.*
"Hard-On" . . . . . . . . . . Andy Moss
"Blow Job" . . . . . . .  Chris Standart
Dugan . . . . . . Lawrence Rowswell*
Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandra Gilliam*
Moss . . . . . . . .  Hasheen DeBerry*
Olsen . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Keith Elkins
Wolford . . . . . . . . . Victor Morales
1st Policeman . . . . . . . Tom Scahill*
2nd Policeman .  Marshall Maxwell*

House Manager . . . . .  Tom Scahill*
House Manager . . . Michael Fanelli*
Publicity . . . . . . . .  Michael Fanelli*
Newsletter . Jeanette Schneiderman*

* = members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

This production was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Buffalo & Erie County Arts Council as well as individual contributions from the following magnanimous patrons (in no particular order):

AllWNYRadio.com
 Patricia E. Armstrong
the Buffalo Forum
Julie Christiano
Robert & Geraldine DuBois
Saul Elkin
Timothy G. Ellis
Lance A. Fertig
 Anna Kay France
Emmanuel Fried
VIncent Gugino
Daire Brian Irwin
Jolie Kulsar
Michael Kuzma

Mary Loftus
Tanya Loughead
Cynthia Maxwell
Joseph & Shannan Muscato
Bernard M. Naylon III
Leslie James Pickering
George C. Rehac
Thomas Scahill
Franz Schneiderman
Tessa Spangler
Arthur C. Tauck III
Patricia Moss
Wilhelmina Moss
John J. Treanor, MD & Sally Treanor

GARGANTUAN THANK YOUS TO ONE AND ALL!!!

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