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  "What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.  My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.  
  "When I sit down to write... I do not say to myself: 'I am going to produce a work of art.'  I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing." 

-George Orwell


First Produced April 3 - 19, 2009
Reprised June 18 - July 10, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

The world debut of
Written & Directed by 
Kurt Schneiderman*

"[S]mart, strong, and deeply affecting . . . Schneiderman puts us all on notice."
-- Colin Dabkowski, BUFFALO NEWS 4/5/09
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"[E]ngaging and thought-provoking . . . this stalwart crew is called upon to play multiple roles, which they do with impressive facility." 
-- Anthony Chase, ARTVOICE MAGAZINE 4/9/09
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"A superior play by author Kurt Schneiderman . . . a very agile plot indicts the military under Bush and Cheney." 
-- Willy Rogue Donaldson, NIGHTLIFE MAGAZINE 4/10/09
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     It's extremely rare in the world of theatre to present a play that speaks directly to very issues that are making front page headlines the night of each performance.  But, as fate would have it, the world-debut of Kurt Schneiderman's original stream of consciousness drama WATERBOARDING BLUES opened just as some of the most damning evidence of torture by U.S. Forces in the so-called "War on Terror" came to light.

Click below for more info...
-- About the Cast 
-- About the Crew 
-- Directions to the Theater
-- Director/Author's Notes  
-- Publicity Photos
-- Return to the WATERBOARD BLUES Mainpage
-- Artvoice Review  4/9/09
-- Buffalo News Preview 4/3/09
-- Buffalo News Review 4/5/09
-- Nightlife Mag Review 4/10/09
-- Download WATERBOARD BLUES Interview on ThinkTwice Radio
-- Some Facts on Waterboarding

     As the New York Times ran articles listing by name the criminals who authorized the American use of torture, and as President Obama added to our national shame by refusing to prosecute these criminals, we at Subversive Theatre were honored to have the opportunity to use our stage to speak out against the atrocities that others dared not face.
     In fact, our production -- directed by the playwright himself -- proved to be so overwhelmingly popular and well-attended that we had no choice to reprise it later that season.
     WATERBOARDING BLUES plunges unflinchingly into the issue of America's new found willingness to employ methods of torture.  Mixing stark realism with Twilight Zone-esque surrealism, this drama leads audiences on a dizzyingly intense journey as a military intelligence officer in modern day Baghdad is pushed by supernatural forces into stunning revelations about the harsh realities of America's past, present, and future.
     Sobering, spellbinding, and unapologetically agitational, WATERBOARDING BLUES proved to be a powerful and urgently necessary statement on outrages and hypocrisies of our Twenty-First Century World.
     Here's who did what:

Captain Sterling . . . . . .  Gordon Tashjian
Colonel Carnovsky . . . . .  Dennis Keefe*
Lieutenant Thorne . . . . . . . .  James Wild
1st Investigator .  Robert "Hodie" Hodas*
2nd Investigator . . . . . . . Jessica Stuber*
3rd Investigator . . . . . . . . . . . John Vines
Xavier Sterling & others . Travis Hedland

Director/Playwright . Kurt Schneiderman*
Stage Manager/Props . Virginia Brannon*
Set Designer . . . . . . . .  Dyan O'Connell*
Sound Designer . . . . . . .  John Shotwell*
Lighting Designer . . . .  Craig Freudenthal
Costume Designer . . . .  Paul Stephenson
Poster Designer . . . . . . . . Dan Sterlace*

Special thanks for assistance with props, equipment, and procuring other necessary materials for this production goes out to:
Phil Knoerzer, David King, and the Theatre Department of Niagara University

Voiceover work for this production was provided by:
Dinash Lal, Kurt Schneiderman*, Gordon Tashjian, Robert "Hodie" Hodas*, Dyan O'Connell*, and John Shotwell*

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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