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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
1949

The second show in our  2007 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase

DON'T HATE THE MESSENGER
Written & Directed by Bill Schmidt*

Starring
Kelly Beuth as "Flo"
Daniel Sterlace as "Dell"
 

ABOUT THE PLAY.
   
"Don't Hate the Messenger" is a three-part political spoof (divided into three separate scenes: "Don't Hate the Messenger," "The Messenger Always Rings Twice," and "Off Message") by Buffalo's own indefatigable actor/writer Bill Schmidt.  These short vignettes unabashedly mock middle America's indifference to war, corruption, and hypocrisy in a valiant attempt to shock Americans out of their self-satisfied slumber.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR.
Bill "Baby-Killer" Schmidt*.
    Bill is a seasoned theatre veteran whose acting career has lead him from New York City to San Francisco and, finally, to Buffalo.  A regular face on stage with the Buffalo United Artists and Theater of Youth, Bill is also a very welcomed member of Subversive Theatre.  He made his first appearance with us as the fiery rabble-rouser "Agate Keller" in our staged reading of WAITING FOR LEFTY for May Day 2006.
    Bill is pulling double-duty in our production also acting in the short "The Death of Socrates in America" by Thomas Pierce.

ABOUT THE CAST.
Kelly Beuth ("Flo")
   
Kelly is an actor, director and theatre educator who has worked throughout the Buffalo area for over fifteen years.  She has appeared on many stages including Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Theater of Youth, Pandora's Box, Kavinoky, Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, Curtain Call Productions, and Brazen-Faced Varlets (with whom she is a founding member).
    In addition to having directed professionally for several companies including Pandora's Box and the Toronto Fringe Festival, Kelly spends much of her time working with our City's youth as both a teacher and a director of theatre arts.
    This production marks Kelly's second time working with Subversive Theatre -- the first being our staged reading of WAITING FOR LEFTY (pictured right) for May Day 2006.

Daniel Sterlace ("Dell")
    This production is Dan's second actual professional show, his first being "Danny" in THE SMELL OF THE KILL with Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions. As for being a part of theater, though, Dan was president of Canisius College Little Theatre in 2005-2006 and in five years has taken part in 13 CCLT shows. Some of his favorite roles include "Ronnie" in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES and "Puck" in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.  Dan sends his thanks out to his extremely supportive parents, Hasheen who convinced him to try out for the sUBVERsIVE sHORTs, and his angel Niki for all her support.
    This is Dan's first time working with Subversive Theatre.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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