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  "The thrust for freedom is the quality in tragedy which exalts.  The revolutionary questioning of the stable environment is what terrifies.  In no way is the common man debarred from such thoughts or such actions." 

-Arthur Miller

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”


"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.

Mark Nowak.
    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 deindustrialization
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.

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 ROOF.   Joseph 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.

John Reich.
    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 Subversive Theatre.

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