We make plays that come from our personal and political dreams and nightmares and we do it fast.
The Representatives is the collaboration between playwright Stan Richardson and actor Matt Steiner. Through immersive presentations, non-traditional casting, and a dedication to presenting our work as soon as it’s written–often in people’s homes and other unconventional spaces–we seek to create a community that is committed to hyper-intimate, socially-relevant theatrical experiences.
Since 2012, we’ve presented 14 original works, ranging from our signature apartment plays to larger site-specific pieces on subject matter such as the financial crisis & Occupy Wall Street; Chelsea Manning & WikiLeaks; the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre; online dating; nihilism in 19th century Russia; the persecution of gays in Uganda; urban homelessness; the Fathers’ Rights movement; ISIS; the death of Whitney Houston; the forgotten victims of Ted Bundy; the riots in Ferguson; and the plight of transgender youth. Our most recent production was a racially and ability-diverse telling of Stan Richardson’s Veritas, the tragic true story of a secret gay witch-hunt at Harvard in 1920, which Andy Webster of The New York Times called “agonizingly vivid”.
We believe that theater can and should be a force for change in society. We are committed to creating experiences that begin with a play and continue with a broader conversation that encourages cultural and political awareness, information-sharing and action.
(Photo by Jan Wandrag)
SHOWS AVAILABLE FOR TOUR:
PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON
As time runs out on Barack Obama’s presidency, so does the hope that Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army whistleblower convicted of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, has of being freed by the man who once boasted that “my Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government” and said that “transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing”.
The debate between secrecy and transparency is central to The Representatives’ latest show, PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON, which makes its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, opening this Monday, 15 August at theSpace @ Niddry Street. The play, which imagines a secret meeting between Manning and Obama on the President’s last day in office, is all told through the lens of another leaker, Internet pioneer and hacktivist Aaron Swartz.
In December 2010, before his federal indictment for data theft, Aaron Swartz requested information from the American government regarding the treatment of Chelsea Manning. Playwright Stan Richardson uses this fact as a springboard to imagine Swartz creating a piece of theatrical activism intended to free Manning, as the countdown continued on his own impending imprisonment. PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON is a timely and trenchant new play about the power of theatre to create empathy, understanding, and justice in an age of virtual realities and manufactured truths.
The play features Representatives co-founder Matt Steiner and company member E. James Ford, with design by Paul Hudson, dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout, and support from Civil Disobedience Productions.
(Photos by Murdo MacLeod for The Guardian)
VERITAS, by Stan Richardson, is based on tragic true story of a secret gay witch-hunt at Harvard in 1920, completely unknown until a student journalist unearthed a box of handwritten transcripts in the bowels of the Harvard library over eighty years later. The play had its premiere in 2010 at the New York International Fringe Festival, winning a Fringe Excellence Award.
The most recent production of the play, was a site-specific re-imagining in 2015 presented in the basement of a 19th Century Episcopal Church in Gramercy Park, New York and featured a 10-person cast of differing races, ages, and abilities. That production was directed by Matt Steiner & Stan Richardson, with creative direction by Meg Stemmler, was co-produced by Lindsay Maiorana, with lighting by Paul Hudson, costumes by Ashley Walch, dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout, had ASL consultant Alexandria Wailes, was stage managed by Liz Elise Richards* and assistant stage managed by Jake Farnum & Kacey Gritters*, with marketing by Nicole Ofeno, press by KPM Associates, and general management by Gwyn Osnos. The prodcution was presented in association with The Olmsted Salon and featured John Garrett Greer*, Chris Harral, Daniel K. Isaac*, John McGinty*, DeLance Minefee*, Luis Moreno*, Marquis Rodriguez, Brendan Spieth*, Matt Steiner*, and Amir Wachterman
The production was featured in the American Theatre Magazine article, “Deaf Talent, Seen and Heard” and was called “agonizingly vivid” by The New York Times.
*These Actors and Stage Manager are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
**Equity Approved Showcase
REVIEWS & FEATURES
(Photo by Jan Wandrag)
THE APARTMENT PLAYS
The Apartment Plays are “radically intimate” theatrical experiences mostly set in and written to be performed in actual apartments. In New York City the plays have been invite-only, admission is a bottle of wine, and there is a party after every performance. The Representatives repertoire of Apartment Plays include:
The Rakes Cycle (The Rakes: an Introduction, The Rakes Progress, The Rakes Die)
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