Homeland Security beware!  It’s time once again for sUBVERsIVE sHORTs! Subversive Theatre is proud to be home to the World’s only annual showcase of short new American political plays: sUBVERsIVE sHORTs! Installment #6, sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2012, sports fourteen new plays from all across America brought to life by nine different area directors, featuring over thirty different actors! This teeming smorgasbord of socially relevant protest theatre takes on a veritably endless list of societal ills – from militarism to economic corruption, blind faith religiosity, alienation, exploitation, poverty, and even bad nutritional choices – every subject is fair game!  Bristling with selections from every nook and cranny of the United States, our showcase features two separate line-ups of short plays – an “A Night” and a “B Night” – playing “in rep” on alternating nights.  A complete list of each line-up with a detailed description of each piece is provided below. Subversive Theatre’s Founder and Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman* serves as the Overall Director of this wild mélange with individual vignettes directed (in alphabetical order) by Chelsea Bath, Virginia Brannon*, Kelly Beuth*, Annise Celano, Christopher LaBanca, Michael Lodick, Brianna Simmons, and Bob Van Valin* as well as two vignettes directed by Schneiderman* himself. The veritable army of actors performing in this auspicious event includes (also in alphabetical order) Jack Agugliaro*, Carol Alaimo, John Aramini, Holden Bath, Virginia Brannon*, Jerrold Brown, Andre Colon, Erin Crowell, Hasheen DeBerry*, Leo DiBello, Lauren Frank, Murry Galloway*, Angel Izard, Brittany Kucala*, Sara Jo Kukulka, Sean Marciniak, Eric Madia, James McLaughlin, Diane McNamara, Michael Morel, Jamie Lynn Nablo, Maura Nolan,  Shayna Raichilson-Zadok, Danica Riddick, Lewis Sepulveda, P.J. Tighe, Leanne Troutman, and many others. Lighting Design is by Emily Pedersen* with Set Design by Ashley Bobbett*, Sound Design by Bob Van Valin*, and Movement Choreography by Monica Karwan*.  This year’s selection committee consisted of Gina LaChacz* and Caitlin McAneny. sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2012 runs June 21st through July 15th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm.  All performances are at Subversive Theatre’s regular performance venue, the Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo’s historic Great Arrow Building.  Tickets are $20.00 general admission or $15.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members.  For all Thursday shows, admission is pay-what-you-can. On Sunday, July 15 starting at 4pm we will feature a double-header of both line-ups presented back-to-back to make for a grand finale to this year’s showcase. See below for more information or visit Subversive Theatre’s website at www.subversivetheatre.org or give us a call at 716-408-0499. The A Night Line-up playing June 21, 23, 29, July 1, 5, 7, 13, 15 ROCKET’S RED GLARE by Jason Furlani of Brooklyn, New York Directed by Kelly Beuth*, starring Jack Agugliaro*, John Aramini, Virginia Brannon*, and Brittany Kucala* It’s Norman Rockwell on acid as the supposedly “traditional” American family sits down to dinner under their shiny portrait of Dick Cheney and debates boob jobs, pole dancing, and heterosexuality. THE QUALITY OF MERCY by Christopher LaBanca of Buffalo, New York Written and directed by Christopher LaBanca, starring Charlene Budziszewski and Danica Riddick This intense drama unfolds amidst a high school shooting spree as one brave teacher tries to get through to a student who can’t take it anymore. A SCENE FROM A FACTORY by Howard Kingkade of Broken Neck, Missouri Directed by Virginia Brannon*, starring John Aramini and Murry Galloway* An adorably quick slice-of-life comedy about a self-righteous corporate schmuck and the disgruntled proletarian who sees through his managerial double-talk. HARD CELL by Donna Hoak of Buffalo, New York Directed by Virginia Brannon*, starring Hasheen DeBerry* and Lewis Sepulveda The expression “leap of faith” takes on a whole new meaning in this bizarre story of a bitter death row inmate and the priest who tries to win him back into the fold… in the weirdest way! HE IS GONNA SEE STARS by Lavinia Roberts of Queens, New York Directed by Kelly Beuth*, starring Erin Crowell and Brittany Kucala* A deeply moving portrayal of a struggling single mother and her headstrong daughter as they frantically try to survive the ravages of poverty. SELDOM IS HEARD by Mary Steelsmith of Los Angeles, California Directed by Christopher LaBanca, starring John Aramini, Shayna Raichilson-Zadok, and Danica Riddick A larger-than-life tale of an exhausted woman looking after her disabled veteran husband… and the stuck-up neighbor who only cares keeping up appearances. COINTELPRO VISITS THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES by Trace Crawford of Hilliard, Ohio Directed by Kelly Beuth*, starring Jack Agugliaro*, Virginia Brannon*, and Murry Galloway* Eat your heart out, J. Edgar Hoover!  This deliciously over-the-top farce follows one hyper-paranoid FBI Agent on his bumbling quest to infiltrate a dangerous group of sweet old church ladies… in drag of course! The B Night Line-up playing June 22, 24, 28, 30, July 6, 8, 12, 14, 15 A MATTER OF NATIONAL INTEREST by Cary Pepper of San Francisco, California Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*, starring Jamie Lynn Nablo A nauseatingly perky newscaster reports on the pitfalls of the U.S. President who balanced the budget, brought peace to the Middle East, fixed Social Security, but snubbed American Idol! KINDERGARTEN PHILOSOPHY: COMMON CENTS by Andrew Baer of Woodbridge, Virginia Directed by Brianna Simmons, cast still to be announced Teachers learn from the students as a lesson in classroom economics goes ridiculously awry in this thinly-veiled metaphor for the short-comings of our modern-day financial system. WATER/A SHOT IN THE DARK by Christopher Kent of Southborough, Massachusetts Directed by Michael Lodick, starring Andre Colon and Michael Morel A dark and gritty look at the ravages of war as two soldiers desperately try to survive a war zone that is not all that it seems. TWO MINUTES OF HEROISM by Matt Hanf of Elk Grove, California Directed by Bob Van Valin*, starring Jerrold Brown, Leo DiBello, Angel Izard, Sara Jo Kukulka, Eric Madia, Sean Marciniak, Jamie Lynn Nablo, and Maura Nolan This gleefully absurdist vignette offers a bizarre perspective on the true meaning of heroism as one bystander contemplates the outrageous possible results of confronting a deranged gunman. IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER by Jonathan Graham of Richmond, Indiana Directed by Chelsea Bath, starring Carol Alaimo, Holden Bath, Lauren Frank, and Leanne Troutman A charmingly ridiculous discussion of our nation’s unhealthy nutritional choices fiercely debated by a naïve leaf of kale, a condescending slice of flank steak, a bitter bowl of mac & cheese, and a surly old slice of brie! THE RABBIT LESSON by Christopher Kent of Southborough, Massachusetts Directed by Annise Celano, starring P.J. Tighe A short and powerful monologue on the devastating experiences of an American soldier recently returned from Iraq. ONE, THREE, TWO by Michael Weems of Albuquerque, New Mexico Directed by Kurt Schneiderman*, starring Jerrold Brown and Diane McNamara Cell phone numbers, security code numbers, account numbers, filing numbers – it all proves two much for one over-worked accountant who dares two to look four simplicity! ABOUT OUR sUBVERsIVE sHORTs PROGRAM. To date, sUBVERsIVE sHORTs is the world’s only new play showcase devoted exclusively to American political plays.  Subversive Theatre launched this program in 2005 with our first edition featuring just five vignettes performed in the backroom of Allentown’s Rust Belt Books.  Originally a bi-annual endeavor, the second installment came in 2007 also performed in the cramped and creative confines of Rust Belt Books. sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2009 was the first installment of the program performed in our new home at the Manny Fried Playhouse in North Buffalo’s Great Arrow Building.  Drawing more submissions, more directors, more actors, and larger audiences than ever before, the 2009 edition was our most successful showcase up to that time.  The success of that production led us to expand the sHORTs to a yearly event. With sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2010 we added a series of citations including the “Red Quill Award,” and the “Plebians’ Choice Award” inviting our audiences to vote for their favorite vignette in each production. Each year since then has brought a new batch of daring, irreverent, and issue-oriented sHORTs featuring a wild spectrum of submissions from every corner of our Nation.  We are very proud to see this program grow and evolve over the last seven years.  And we’re very excited to see where it will go from here! * = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

When: Thu, Jun 21, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Through July 15, 2012.

Where: Manny Fried Playhouse (Buffalo)

Cost: $15–20

Upcoming Occurrences:

  • Thu, Jul 5, 8:00pm - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 6, 8:00pm - Monday, July 30, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 7, 8:00pm - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 8, 8:00pm - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 12, 8:00pm - Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 13, 8:00pm - Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 14, 8:00pm - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 15, 8:00pm - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:00pm
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