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Catch-22 – w Brief Post-Performance Discussion
September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Subversive’s home venue, the Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo’s historic Great Arrow Building. Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller. We at the WNY Peace Center are proud both to sponsor this superb production; as well as to facilitate a brief post-performance discussion (on both Sat, 9/21, and Fri, 9/27) of the meaning and parallels of this compelling piece. The play is very clearly related to the bizarro world we’re experiencing more than ever, with climate change denial and other incredible circular reasoning, lying, and total manipulation. Come share your thoughts and feelings after watching this powerful production!
A deadly serious comedy of explosive proportions, CATCH-22 is an anti-war, anti-authority, anti-stupidity masterpiece. This stage adaptation of Joseph Heller’s incendiary 1961 Novel was crafted by Heller himself back in 1971, but couldn’t be needed more in Trump’s America. With its bizarre blend of farce, wry jibes, and Keystone Cops silliness amidst a whirlwind of death, destruction, and betrayal, this smirkingly ironic World War II tale offers audiences a beautiful way to laugh and cry at the evils of our world all at once. (Kicking-off Subversive’s 17th season of radical theatre, part of Curtain Up 2019.)
This rendition is sponsored by the Western New York Peace Center and is directed by Subversive Theatre’s Founder and Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman*. Up and coming young star Connor Maxwell heads up the cast as the Kafka-esque anti-hero “Yossarian” opposite Jack Agugliaro* as “the Chaplain”, Jacob Chester Sauer* as “Major Major”, Lawrence Rowswell* as “Doc Daneeka”, John Kehoe as “Colonel Cathcart”, and Leon Copeland, Jr* as “Milo Minderbinder.” The ensemble also features J. Tim Raymond*, Mikyla Fisher, Shakora Purks, Jessie Miller, Bryan Figueroa*, Andrew Zuccari, Leonardo LiPomi, and Michael Mottern*.
CATCH-22 runs September 6th – 28th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 general admission or $25 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members. As always, admission for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can. Purchase tickets online at www.subversivetheatre.org or call 716-462-5549. Where else but at… SUBVERSIVE THEATRE: where DISSENT takes center stage!