May 7th - 31st, 2015
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents the
world debut of
by Anna Kay France
adapted from the book by Emanuel "Manny" Fried
Directed by Greg Natale,
Starring Richard Lambert+, Guy Wagner+, Lisa Vitrano,
Tim Joyce, Jack Agugliaro*, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Mark John Donahue,
J. Tim Raymond*, Lawrence Rowswell*, John Kennedy*, & John Strong*
May 7th - 31st, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 6pm
Tickets $25 General Admission
or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can!
here to purchase tickets online for all shows
"It was 1954.
The Time of the Great Fear. The Time of the Toad... otherwise known as
the Great American Inquisition."
the sixth show in our twelfth season, we're honored to present what just may
be our most important production yet. THE
UN-AMERICAN pays tribute to the man known as "the Most
Dangerous Man in Western New York" -- blacklisted labor leader,
actor, playwright, and activist Emanuel "Manny" Fried.
Under development since Manny passed away in 2011 -- just days before his 98th
birthday -- this all-too-true drama serves as an empowering
testament to all those who found the courage to stand up against McCarthyism.
for the stage by Buffalo playwright Anna Kay France from Manny Fried's
book of the same title, THE UN-AMERICAN
tells the story of Manny's extraordinary stand against the House on
Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and the devastating effects of
McCarthyism on his life, his family, and his battle for Buffalo's
unions. Set in 1954 at a time when Manny represented over 100,000
workers in Western New York as an organizer for the radical union United
Electric (UE), this stream-of-consciousness story keeps alive an
important chapter in Buffalo's labor history with some unmistakable
lessons for today.
all like to believe we'd stand up for our convictions no matter what the
cost. Most of us will never know how well we'd hold out if it really
came down to it. Here's the story of someone who really faced that
challenge. Find out what it did to him as a man, as a husband, as a
father, and as a union leader. You don't know the full story of
McCarthyism if you haven't seen THE
not going to let a couple of small-minded bureaucrats for a couple of lousy
greenbacks destroy the Constitution which I fought and bled for!"
bring to life this extraordinary new work, we're proud to have assembled an
equally extraordinary team of artists. THE
UN-AMERICAN is directed by Greg Natale and stars Richard
Lambert+, Guy Wagner+, and Lisa Vitrano amidst an ensemble
that also features Tim Joyce, Jack Agugliaro*, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Mark
John Donahue, J. Tim Raymond*, Lawrence Rowswell*, John Kennedy*, and John Strong*.
Set Design is by the director himself with Sound Design by Brian Zybala*,
Lighting Design by John Shotwell*, Costume Design by Maureen Denton,
Video Design by Bob Van Valin*, and Props by Michelle Denton.
UN-AMERICAN runs May 7th - 31st with performances Thursdays,
Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm. All shows are in
Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue, the aptly named Manny Fried
Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's
historic Great Arrow Building. Tickets can be purchased right here
online. Tickets are $25 General Admission or $20 for students,
seniors, and Subversive Theatre Members. As always, admission for all
Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.
you've just gotta go out there and fight the bastards."
honored to have this production sponsored by the Western New York Area
Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the Law
Firm of Creighton, Johnsen, and Giroux Attorneys at Law, the Buffalo
Co-operative Federal Credit Union, and the
printing company Keller Brothers and Miller, Inc. -- the very same
printing house that published Manny's book The Un-American
exactly twenty years ago!
more information on this or any of our other SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES,
give us a call at 716-408-0499 where you can leave reservations and/or
messages for your comrades at Subversive Theatre!