The Season

2022-23 Season
THE PARADIGM BOMB - Written By Matthew LaChiusa

Sept 9th to Oct 1st 2022


3 1/2 Stars - The Buffalo News


The Buffalo News, Anthony Chase 

THE BIRTH OF SANTA - Written by Justin Karcher & Eric Mowery
MERCY SEAT - Works Inspired by the Music of Nick Cave

February 16th -March 11th



Post-Punk musician Nick Cave is celebrated through theater works based on his lyrical music. In describing his extensive career (and music portfolio) as the front-man for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The band with Cave as their leader and frontman has released seventeen studio albums. Pitchfork Media calls the group one of rock's "most enduring, redoubtable" bands, with an accomplished discography". Though their sound tends to change considerably from one album to another, the one constant of the band is an unpolished blending of disparate genres, and song structures which provide a vehicle for Cave's virtuosic, frequently histrionic theatrics. Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey wrote: "With the Bad Seeds, Cave continued to explore his obsessions with religion, death, love, America, and violence with a bizarre, sometimes self-consciously eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and arty post-punk."

Featuring 716 playwrights, THE MERCY SEAT features an evening of theatrical presentations inspired by this prolific musician. One-acts include j. Snodgrass' "What You Done", Ellen Catherine Falank's "Go Tell the Men (We're Leaving)", "Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?" by Samantha Marchant, "The Church of the Noninterventionism" by Michael Fanelli, Justin Pope's "The Anti Curse", with monologues by Matthew Boyle ("Weighing of Truth") and Matthew LaChiusa ("People Ain't No Good"), and a featured dance piece by ART/WNY's choreographer Suzanne Hibbard entitled "To Be By Your Side".

Music Director Susan King leads the Mercy Singing Choir featuring Lanie Shannon, Ian Michalski, Ashleigh Chrisena Recci, Danette Pawlowski, complemented by actors Andrew Zuccari, Paige Batt, Adam Batt, Madeline Allard -Dugan, Quentin Gray, Cassidy Granchelli, and all under the direction of Michael Breen, Catherine Burkhart, Mariangela Mecurio, Justin Pope, Suzanne Hibbard, and Matthew LaChiusa.

MERCY SEAT opens on Feb 16th and runs until March 11th, Thurs & Friday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday's at 5 pm. Ticket prices are $15 to $20 with a Thursday one-set price evenings at $15. Industry rates are available upon request.


RUST AND REDEMPTION - Written by j. Snodgrass

April 21st - May 13th

“Rust & Redemption: Requiem for a Buffalo Grunge Band” 

By J Snodgrass.

Directed by Matthew LaChiusa 


Sarah Emmerling as 'Silvia" - 

Suzanne Hibbard as 'Angie' 

Cameron Kogut as 'Nick' 

Charles McGregor as 'Russ'

Monish Bhattacharyya as 'Bartender'  

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