October 15 - November 7, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
regional debut of
by Ariel Dorfman
Sponsored by Buffalo's El Buen Amigo Latin American Cultural Association
moral thunder . . . moves as if in a dream of outrage among its tombs of
-- Alan Cheuse, NEW YORK TIMES
even elegiac . . . Dorfman gives flesh to a human rights issue of our time."
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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.
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
The story takes place in an unnamed Latin
American country in a small village where all of the men have been "disappeared"
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
For more information, give Subversive Theatre a call