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  "What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.  My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.  
  "When I sit down to write... I do not say to myself: 'I am going to produce a work of art.'  I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing." 

-George Orwell
1947

The second installment of Subversive Theatre's original new play showcase of plays by playwrights from all across America who hate George W. Bush!

June 14 - 30, 2007
at Rust Belt Books

featured the following line-up of shorts (click on each title for more detailed information on that particular project):

LINDSAY
by Monica Raymond of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Directed by Lara Haberberger*
Starring Heather Fangsrud* as "Tammy Lee"

DON'T HATE THE MESSENGER
Written & Directed by Bill Schmidt* of Buffalo, New York
Starring:
Daniel Sterlace as "Dell"
Kelly Beuth as "Flo"

A RANDOM ACT
by Matt Casarino of Wilmington, Delaware
Directed by Katie White*
Starring:
Mary Loftus* as "Terry"
Hasheen DeBerry* as "Dan"

THE DEATH OF SOCRATES IN AMERICA
by Thomas Pierce of Seattle, Washington
Directed by Diane Cammarata*
Starring:
Tom Izard as "Anytos"
Kevin Dennis as "Meletos"
Bill Schmidt* as "Socrates"

EFF YOU
by Hank Kimmel of Atlanta, Georgia
Directed by Kurt "Vile" Schneiderman*
Starring Keith Elkins as "Theater Artist"

PLEASE REMOVE THIS STUFFED ANIMAL FROM MY HEAD
by Crystal Jackson of Houston, Texas
Directed by Virginia Brannon*
Starring:
Jack Agugliaro as "Phil"
Joey Bucheker as "Jerry"
Sara Kovacsi as "The Woman"
Dan Seijak as "The Man"

CAPITALIZATION
by Mark Nowak of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Directed by John Reich
Starring:
M. Joseph Fratello as "Air Traffic Controller"
Sean Z. Polen as "English Student"
Dana Fiore as "Margaret"

THE SORT OF HAPPY ENDING TO THE SAD TALE OF MR. ALI ALI
or
 THE LIGHTER SIDE OF "OUTSOURCING" TORTURE

by Craig Abernethy of San Diego, California
Directed by Kurt "Vile" Schneiderman*
Starring:
Kevin Cain as "The Ringmaster"
Joey Bucheker as "Player #1"
Lawrence Rowswell as "Player #2"
Dinash Lal as "Mr. Ali Ali"
Anne Kurtis as "Maryam" & others

     Throughout out the month of June 2007, we returned the pleasantly cramped confines of Rust Belt Books to present the second installment of "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" -- our troupe's original showcase of new political plays from all across America.
     The first "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" -- way back in November of 2005 -- had been a relatively humble affair featuring only five different shorts, twelve actors, and three directors.  But in 2007, we were pleased to see our fledgling endeavor blossom into a major event sporting eight different shorts, twenty different actors, and seven different directors!
     Receiving over fifty separate submissions from every corner of the Country, it was no small task for our selection committee to make its final decisions.  But ultimately we settled on eight different plays that represented a wide geographical spread of the Nation and covered just about every progressive issue imaginable.
     From the biting black humor of Monica Raymond's "Lindsay" to the docu-dramatic poetry of Mark Nowak's "Capitalization," from the clever imagery of Thomas Pierce's "The Death of Socrates" to the wonderfully unsubtle allegory of Crystal Jackson's "Please Remove This Stuffed Animal from My Head," the 2007 edition of "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" showed vividly that political theatre is alive and well in modern-day America with all too much material worth speaking out on.
     We at Subversive Theatre are thrilled to see our original program build and grow.  We will continue to do our part to encourage, foster, and present new political works and we look forward to many great "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcases in years to come. 

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