The fourth show in our 2007 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase
DEATH OF SOCRATES IN AMERICA
by Thomas Pierce
Directed by Diane Cammarata*
Tom Izard as “Anytos”
Kevin Dennis as “Meletos”
Schmidt* as “Socrates” (understudy: Keith Elkins*)
ABOUT THE PLAY.
"The Death of Socrates in America" is a sobering
fifteen-minute drama that tells the tale of a latter-day Socrates brought
before an American Military Tribunal. Two military lawyers sit down over
a beer and discuss who really won in this modern twist on one of history's most famous trials.
"The Death of Socrates in America" has had
staged readings in Portland and
Seattle and full productions in Spokane, Washington and Palm Beach, California.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Tom is an Instructor in Philosophy at South Seattle
Community College. His plays have been produced in Seattle, Portland
(Oregon), San Francisco; Los Angeles; Chicago, Spokane (Washington), College
Station (Texas), Charles Town (West Virginia), Columbus (Ohio), and Palm Beach
Tom is a member Seattle Playwrights Studio.
ABOUT THE CAST.
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.
A dedicated member of Subversive Theatre, Bill is pulling
double-duty as an actor in this piece and as writer/director of another his
own original short,
DON'T HATE THE MESSENGER.
Tom describes himself as a "jackleg thespian" who
"frittered away his formative years as a University Lecturer in Computer
Science and as a software engineer for the next quarter century."
Only his third-ever stage appearance, this production is Tom's first time working with Subversive Theatre.
Kevin has studied theatre at Erie Community College and
Buffalo State College where he appeared in many productions including A
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, FOOLS, and SONNY DECREE. He
has also had the pleasure of working with several area companies including the
Lake Effect Players (I REMEMBER MAMA), the Amherst Players (A TUNA
CHRISTMAS, CASH ON DELIVERY, ODD COUPLE), Actors Anonymous (CONVERSATIONS
WITH MY COFFEE), and the New Phoenix Theatre (GUIDO).
This production is Kevin's first time working with
Subversive Theatre. He looks forward to continuing the process of honing
his craft here in grand old Buffalo.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR.
Diane is another seasoned Buffalo actress who has only
recently returned after fourteen years of teaching and acting in Japan.
Diane's Subversive Theatre credits include our production of
"Patriot Act" as part of SUBVERSIVE SHORTS 2005 and
our staged reading of SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER for May Day 2007.
Diane also directed our staged reading of WAITING
FOR LEFTY for May Day 2006.
* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre
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