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  "Unless the actor is satisfied to be a parrot or a monkey he must master our period's knowledge of human social life by himself joining in the war of the classes."

-Bertolt Brecht

November 1 - 23, 2013
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

for the second show in our 11th season of subversive plays...

by Neil LaBute


Directed by Annise Celano
Starring Candice Kogut* & Sean Marciniak

November 1st - 23rd, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25 general admission
or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can

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Art is all about truth
...and betrayal

...and lies

...and sex
...and manipulation
...and all the bullshit in between. 

How do you take on a world that PRETENDS to care about art, truth, and inner beauty, but really only sees "the shape of things"?

For the second show in our 11th Season at Subversive Theatre, we're excited to present the fresh in-your-face modern masterpiece THE SHAPE OF THINGS by America's fresh-est in-your-face-est modern playwright Neil LaBute.

            To bring to life this smart young work, Subversive Theatre is thrilled to welcome aboard an equally young and enthusiastic artistic team.  Recent Niagara University graduate Annise Celano makes her directorial debut with a bright young cast that features Candice Kogut*, Sean Marciniak, Shabar Rouse, and Sophia Howes.  Lighting, Costume, and Sound Design are provided by recent Niagara University graduates Emily Pedersen*, Ryan Masline, and Anthony Rajewski with Set Design by Subversive Theatre's resident carpenter Tom Izard*.

            Filled to the brim with bitterly ironic humor, deliciously real dialogue, and vibrantly blunt situations, THE SHAPE OF THINGS cuts to the bone of America's hypocritical attitudes on art, sexuality, and surface appearances.  Set in a small middle American campus town in 2001, this four character play follows the awkward love affair between Adam -- an overly innocent, overly shy, struggling-to-get-by college student -- and Evelyn -- an overly confident, overly sexual, overly outspoken graduate Art student who's all too eager to change her new lover into a different kind of man. 

How much is it fair to change someone in the course of relationship?  How far is it fair to go to make an artistic statement?  How do you take on a world that PRETENDS to care about inner beauty, but really only sees 'the shape of things'?  LaBute's unflinching commentary offers no easy answers, but forces his audience to face up to these thorny questions with an irresistibly brash and honest swagger that distinguishes THE SHAPE OF THINGS as one of the great new works of Twenty-First Century American Theatre.

Our production of THE SHAPE OF THINGS runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from November 1st - 23rd, 2013.  All performances are in Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.  Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members.  Admission for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.

For more information or to make a reservation, call our phoneline at 716-408-0499.



            One of America's most prolific and distinctive modern writers, Neil LaBute is famous for plays like BASH and FAT PIG, films like SEXTING, YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, and IN THE COMPANY OF MEN and now the new television series FULL CIRCLE.

            Dubbed the "American Theater's reigning misanthrope" by the Village Voice in 2009, LaBute writes with a smart and savagely honest voice that rings out with a refreshingly ruthless disdain for just about any kind of value that could even remotely be called traditional..  Although his harsh outlook has led some to denounce his work as misogynistic and even bigoted, LaBute's unapologetic plays have brought back as sense of raw passion, urgency, and brutal sincerity that have too long been absent from the American Theater.



            THE SHAPE OF THINGS made its world debut in 2001 at the Almeida Theatre in London with Paul Rudd as "Adam," Rachel Weisz as "Evelyn," Gretchen Mol as "Jenny," and Fred Weller as "Phillip."  The enormous success of this production spurred a film version in 2003 featuring the same cast (with an original soundtrack by Elvis Costello!).

            THE SHAPE OF THINGS has gone on to enjoy a long list of performances worldwide.  Perhaps because of its college-aged cast and setting, it is often performed by college theatre departments.  Co-incidentally, it is scheduled to be performed locally at both Niagara University and SUNY Fredonia in 2014!  Recent professional productions include London's The Gallery Soho on Charing Cross Road under the direction of Tom Attenborough in January of 2011.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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