The seventh show in our 2007 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase
by Mark Nowak
Directed by John Reich
M. Joseph Fratello as “Air Traffic Controller”
Sean Z. Polen as “English Student”
Dana Fiore as “Margaret”
ABOUT THE PLAY.
"Capitalization" is a poetic blending of three seemingly
unconnected working class stories into one compelling tale of modern-day
solidarity. Using his unique style of blue collar drama and lyrical
verse, playwright Mark Nowak crafts a powerful, rhythmic, and inspiring chorus
of the many faces of those who are "capitalized" upon by American Capitalism.
“Capitalization” was awarded a project
development grant from Stage Left
Theatre in Chicago, where it premiered in February 2004. It was most recently staged at the Cleveland Public Theatre in November 2006.
This production is the play’s Buffalo-area premiere.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT.
A Buffalo native who currently resides in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, Mark Nowak is author of the books Revenants and Shut Up
Shut Down (afterword by Amiri Baraka) and co-editor (with Diane Glancy) of
Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings after the Detours, all published by
Coffee House Press. His essay on gothic-industrial music and
in the rust belt, “‘To commit suicide in Buffalo is redundant’: Music
and Death in Zero City, 1982-1984,” was recently published in Goth:
Undead Subculture (Duke University Press).
He is currently facilitating “poetry dialogues”
between autoworkers at the St. Paul Ford assembly plant (slated for closing in
June 2008 as part of Ford’s “Way Forward” plan) and Ford workers at
plants in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, South Africa.
Mark is also the editor of the journal
Xco: Cross Cultural Poetics and founder of the
Union of Radical Workers and Writers.
Mark's play "Redundancy" was performed by
Subversive Theatre as part of our 2005 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase
and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to present his work yet again.
ABOUT THE CAST.
M. Joseph Fratello ("Air Traffic Controller")
Joseph has just graduated
from Niagara University with a B.F.A. in Performance Theatre where his most
recent roles were Ensemble in GODSPELL and Mendel in FIDDLER ON THE
now plans on taking a year off from school and getting experience as an actor
before going to get an M.F.A. in Acting.
Sean Z. Polen ("English Student")
Sean has acted and directed
over 20 productions throughout Western New York and is delighted to be in his
first production for Subversive Theatre. His
favorite roles include the Beast in both the play and musical version of BEAUTY
AND THE BEAST and Dracula in DRACULA.
He plans on majoring in musical theatre in college.
Dana Fiore ("Margaret")
Dana is making her stage
debut in this production. Dana is
the proud mother of two children, Matthew & Chelsey, and is employed by
Cataract Customhouse Brokerage, Inc.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR.
John has directed over 20
plays/musicals and two videos throughout Western New York, including one for
“Curtain Up!”, and Richmond, Virginia.
He teaches film, speech and interpersonal communication at Genesee
Community College. Besides
teaching, he is also employed at Cataract Customhouse Brokerage, Inc.
This production is John's first time working with
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