PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON
A new play imagining a secret meeting between Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and President Barack Obama on the last night of his presidency.
written by Stan Richardson, directed by Stan Richardson & Matt Steiner, co-produced by Donny Repsher, design by Paul Hudson, projections by Thomas Kavanagh, dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout, stage managed by Zachary Tomlinson, outreach by Caitrin Sneed, hospitality design by Lindsay Maiorana and production assistance by Maren Lavelle
with: E. James Ford & Matt Steiner*
In December 2010, before his federal indictment for data theft, internet activist Aaron Swartz requested information from the American government regarding the treatment of Chelsea Manning, the soldier who would be found guilty of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. 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 continues on his own impending imprisonment. PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON is a timely and trenchant new play about the power of theater to create empathy, understanding, and justice in an age of virtual realities and manufactured truths.
The play, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in August 2016, had its New York City premiere at The Studio @ 345 in Manhattan in December 2016.
“Wonderfully acted and imaginatively presented, this passionate, short political fantasia explores the complexities of the whistleblower’s [Chelsea Manning] actions…Its highly theatricalized mixture of documentary and drama is quite effective.”
“The subject matter is never less than intriguing…both the performances and the directing are polished to a gleam…PRIVATE MANNING ought to lead to many a post-theater discussion regarding freedom and democracy during harrowing times.”
“Playwright Stan Richardson should be applauded for his mastery of the many complicated layers of story, creating a timely and incisive play about virtual reality and the lies we stand on…Avoiding preaching, PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON simply demands we know the truth. It is up to us to decide what to do with it.”
–Theatre is Easy
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PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON is made possible through generous support from:
THE MARTA HEFLIN FOUNDATION
THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION
*These Actors and Stage Manager are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
**Equity Approved Showcase
(Photos by Jan Wandrag & Poster Art by Michael Constantine)
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