On The Waterfront
By Budd Schulberg
A new stage version of the iconic film
A co-production with Subversive Theatre
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman
Starring Matthew Nerber, Richard Lambert,
Andrea Andolina, Victor Morales
and Jack Agugliaro, Carlton Franklin, Gary Darling,
Hasheen DeBerry, Leon S. Copeland, Jr,
Murry Galloway, Justin Fiordaliso, Jonathan Lee,
Tom Scahill, John Kennedy, and Stephen Harris
Victor Morales won the Artie for Best Supporting
Actor for his role as Johnny Friendly
THREE AND A HALF STARS
"A cast of stalwarts makes this play work."
"Director Kurt Schneiderman, skilled at maneuvering these
mob scenes, literally, in and out of small quarters, does so
again here, reconfiguring the host New Phoenix acting
space into a series of steps and tiers."
"Schneiderman makes great use of an old theatrical device,
the “tableau vivant,” live action captured and kept for an
instant, then resumed. It’s very effective here, inspired, portraitlike, with key lighting work by Chris Cavanagh."
“'On the Waterfront' can take its rightful place in the Worker’s series, alongside 'Waiting for Lefty,' 'Mother Jones' and the many labor-related plays of Manny Fried."
- TED HADLEY, THE BUFFALO NEWS
"It's a real feel-good story given a really strong production."
"What really makes it work is a series of tableaux of
violence, frozen in the flash of lights, flashes of the
violence on the docks."
“'On the Waterfront' is a stage classic and really worth
the trip to Johnson Park."
- AUGUSTINE WARNER, ONLINEBUFFALO.COM
The New Phoenix Theatre proudly joined Subversive Theatre on a co-production of one of the most powerful blue-collar epics of all time: ON THE WATERFRONT. Crafted to “cut closer to the bone,” this stage version of the iconic 1954 Hollywood film was developed by the film’s author Budd Schulberg in 2001 and has seen landmark renditions at the Cleveland Playhouse and on London's West End under the direction of Steven Berkoff.
Set amidst the bleak landscape of New York City’s harbor front in the early 1950s, this explosive tale of lust, murder, and betrayal shows us the overworked longshoremen who wearily unload the ships that supply the nation and the mob-controlled labor leaders who hoard the spoils of their labor. Caught between these two hostile camps, one restless ex-boxer (Terry Malloy) and one idealistic priest (Father Barry) find the courage to speak out and unleash an avalanche that will rock their hard-bitten world to its foundations.
Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning 1949 investigative reports CRIME ON THE WATERFRONT by Malcolm Johnson in the New York Sun, the screenplay was originally to be written by Elia Kazan’s friend and colleague Arthur Miller. But after Kazan’s controversial testimony before HUAC (the House on Un-American Activities Committee) in 1952 where he enthusiastically “named names” and encouraged others to do the same, Miller refused to have any further dealings with Kazan or with the screenplay. The writing of ON THE WATERFRONT was then turned over to another HUAC-testifier, Budd Schulberg, who followed the film with both a novel and a version for the stage.
Directed by Subversive Theatre’s Founder & Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman, ON THE WATERFRONT starred New Phoenix’s Founder & Executive Director Richard Lambert as Father Barry with Matthew Nerber as Terry Malloy, Andrea Andolina as Edie Doyle, and Victor Morales as mob boss Johnny Friendly. The rest of this play’s extensive ensemble featured Jack Agugliaro, Carlton Franklin, Gary Darling, Hasheen DeBerry, Leon S. Copeland, Jr, Murry Galloway, Justin Fiordaliso, Jonathan Lee, Tom Scahill, John Kennedy, and Stephen Harris.
Set Design was by Michael Lodick with Lighting Design by Chris Cavanagh, Costume Design by Loraine O’Donnell, and Sound Design by Kendall Kelly.
Both The New Phoenix Theatre and Subversive Theatre are proud to continue a partnership that has produced Artie Award winning co-productions of WAITING FOR LEFTY (2008) and INHERIT THE WIND (2011).