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  "As a young man when it was my turn to see a dictatorship take over my country, Chile, and watch my friends persecuted and murdered while I was spared, when it became my turn to try and figure out how I could write stories and find the words that explored the vast heart of human suffering and the vaster complexity and enigmas of evil, ever since then I had been waiting for the occasion to put my art yet one more time at the service of those who had kept me warm in the midst of my own struggles."
                  -Ariel Dorfman
                                1985

October 15 - November 7, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

the regional debut of
 
WIDOWS
by Ariel Dorfman

Sponsored by Buffalo's El Buen Amigo Latin American Cultural Association

"Resounds with moral thunder . . .  moves as if in a dream of outrage among its tombs of love."
-- Alan Cheuse, NEW YORK TIMES

"Lyrical and even elegiac . . . Dorfman gives flesh to a human rights issue of our time."
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

PERFORMANCES:
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm, October 15th-November 7th

ADMISSION FOR ALL SHOWS: Donation Only!

     WIDOWS is a stunningly powerful story of defiance in the face of crushing brutality and military dictatorship.
Click below for more info...
-- About the Author
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Production Photos
-- Return to WIDOWS Mainpage
 
RELATED INFORMATION:
-- Playwright's Notes
-- History of Chile's Military Coup

     This epic-scale political drama -- winner of the Kennedy Center's New American Plays Award, 1998 -- is a stage adaptation of Dorfman's acclaimed 1983 novel of the same title.  WIDOWS recently made its New York debut at the 59E59 Theaters in January of 2008.
     The story takes place in an unnamed Latin American country in a small village where all of the men have been "disappeared" -- dragged away by the forces of an unnamed military dictatorship.  The women of the village are left to eek out a desperate existence wondering, worrying, and waiting for news of their loved ones.
     But when a reform-minded military officer announces his intention to usher in a new era of reconciliation and the town's half-crazed matriarch dares to speak out for justice, the situation quickly turns into an electrifying battle of truth vs. power.
     Written by Chile's world-renowned Human Rights advocate Ariel Dorfman -- who himself narrowly escaped Chile's military coup in 1973 -- WIDOWS is a searing testament to the power of the most downtrodden of people to resist the most vicious repression.
     Our production is directed by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman* and features the acting talents of Arlene Clement, Victor Morales, Diane Gaidry, Sandra Gilliam*, Julian Perez, Jack Agugliaro*, Joy Scime, Justin Fiordaliso, Bethany Sparacio, Marisol Torres, Elijah Tyner, Joanna Farrell, Jenna Winnett, Hanna Lipkind, Anthony Orlowski, and Kevin Dennis, with an original musical score by Paul Kozlowski.  Set & Lighting Design is by Jessica Fialko, Sound Design by John Shotwell*, Costume Design by Mindy Herington, and Poster Design by Melissa Grosse, with Megan Callahan as Dialect Coach.
     Performances run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from October 15 through November 7.  All shows are at Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue, "The Manny Fried Playhouse" on the third floor of North Buffalo's Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue.
     Because we at Subversive Theatre believe that the arts should be kept accessible to people of ALL walks of life, admission for all of our shows are donation only . . . with GENEROUS donations especially welcome.  Reservations are not available, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis with doors opening one half hour prior to each performance.
     For more information, give Subversive Theatre a call at 716-408-0499. 

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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