Darwin on Two local plays

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM EDT

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January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM EDT

Subversive Theatre is kicking off the new year with our most ambitious undertaking yet, BOTH PARTS of the Tony Award-winning radical masterpiece...

Angels in America
by Tony Kushner

Two full-length plays, two directors, two separate casts performing on alternating nights... all coming together for one extraordinary story of bigotry, resistance, and re-imagination.

For the fourth show in our ten-year anniversary season, Subversive Theatre is honored to present the Tony Award-winning radical masterpiece ANGELS IN AMERICA by Tony Kushner. This stunning latter day epic comprises two full length plays -- Part One: "Millennium Approaches" and Part Two: "Perestroika" -- to make up one incredible tale of loss, re-imagination, and rebirth.

In what just may be our most ambitious undertaking yet, Subversive Theatre is presenting BOTH parts of this magnum opus with two separate casts performing on alternating nights! Don't miss this rare opportunity to see two completely different groups of actors portraying the same group of characters all as a part of the same story.

Twenty years after its 1993 Broadway debut, ANGELS IN AMERICA still delivers a cathartically beautiful journey to 1980s America with a soul-searching look back on the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the nauseating bravado of the Reagan Revolution, the environmental crisis, religious hypocrisy, the horrifying legacy of McCarthyism, and the haunting question of the true meaning of "America" in today's world. With its unique approach to "magical realism," ANGELS IN AMERICA swirls inventively from the historical to the fantastical, the inspirational to the appalling, the comic to the tragic, the ponderous to the guttural -- boldly daring the 'land of the free' to take a long-over-due look in the mirror at its painful past, its unfulfilled ideals, and its hypocritical identity.

For both productions, Set Design is by David Butler with Lighting Design by Subversive Theatre's Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*, Video by Seth Tyler Black, Sound Design by John Shotwell*, and Costume Design by Todd Warfield.

January 10th - February 16th, 2013
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8pm, Saturdays @ 3pm & 8pm
at The Manny Fried Playhouse
( 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building. Yes, we're on the third floor, but we've got a big elevator so don't let those stairs scare you away! )

Tickets $20 General Admission$15 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members claim a $5 discount when you come back to see the second show!

Part One:
"Millennium Approaches"Directed by Christopher Standart*
starring (in alphabetical order): Kristin Bentley, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Becky Globus*, Gail Golden, Greg Howze, Tim Joyce,
Brian Riggs, Joy Scime*, Jonathan Shuey,
and Michael Votta

Playing 1/10 @ 8pm, 1/11 @ 8pm, 1/12 @ 8pm, 1/18 @ 8pm, 1/19 @ 3pm, 1/24 @ 8pm, 1/26 @ 8pm, 1/27 @ 7pm, 2/1 @ 8pm, 2/2 @ 3pm, 2/7 @ 8pm, 2/9 @ 8pm, 2/15 @ 8pm, 2/16 @ 3pm

Actors' Benefit Performance: Sunday, Jan 27th @ 7pm
Pay-what-you-can Performance: Thurs, Jan 24th @ 8pm Part Two:
"Perestroika"
Directed by Christian Brandjes

starring (in alphabetical order):
Virginia Brannon*, Jerrold Brown*, Megan Callahan*,
Susan Drozd, Jennifer Fitzery, Xavier Harris,
Darleen Pickering Hummert, Geoff Pictor,
Adam Yellen, and Brian Zybala*

Playing 1/17 @ 8pm, 1/19 @ 8pm, 1/25 @ 8pm, 1/26 @ 3pm, 1/31 @ 8pm, 2/2 @ 8pm, 2/8 @ 8pm, 2/9 @ 3pm, 2/10 @ 7pm, 2/14 @ 8pm, 2/16 @ 8pm

Actors' Benefit Performance: Sunday, Feb 10th @ 7pm
Pay-what-you-can Performance: Thurs, Jan 31st @ 8pm

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

"ANGELS IN AMERICA is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory"
-John Heilpern NEW YORK OBSERVER

"Something rare, dangerous, and harrowing... a roman candle hurled into a drawing room."-Nicholas de Jongh LONDON EVENING STANDARD

"A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty, and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama."-Frank Rich NEW YORK TIMES

"A towering example of what theatre stretched to its full potential can achieve."-Clifford A. Ridley PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

For more info: Call us at 716-408-0499
or visit us online at www.subversivetheatre.org

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