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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 fourth show in our  2007 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase

THE DEATH OF SOCRATES IN AMERICA
by Thomas Pierce
Directed by Diane Cammarata*

Starring
Tom Izard as “Anytos”
Kevin Dennis as “Meletos”
Bill 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.
Thomas Pierce
    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 (California).  
    Tom is a member Seattle Playwrights Studio.

ABOUT THE CAST.
Bill Schmidt* (“Socrates”)
   
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 Izard (“Anytos”)
    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 Dennis (“Meletos”)
    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 Cammarata*
    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 Collective

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