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 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 15 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 BlackLivesMatter movement; and the plight of transgender youth. The New York Times called our racially and ability-diverse production of Veritas “agonizingly vivid”, and The Guardian said of Private Manning Goes to Washington, “This intelligent, thoughtful play couldn’t be more urgent.”
We believe that theater can and should be a force for change in society. We are committed to using our platform to tell stories about the unapproachable, the untouchable, the unknown and the forgotten, and we create experiences that begin with a play and continue with a broader conversation that encourages cultural and political awareness, information-sharing and action.
Stan is a playwright and director from St. Louis. A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts and Edward Albee’s Playwrights Workshop in Houston, TX, Stan’s plays, which include Veritas, The Children (with composer Hal Goldberg), wHormone, and The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot’s Caucasian Mother and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle (with composer Rachel Peters), have been developed at such venues as Second Stage, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, Dixon Place, PS122, The Brick Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Matt is an actor, director and teaching artist living in New York City. He has appeared Off Broadway, in two national tours with The Acting Company, and in film & television. Matt trained as a clown in Switzerland & NYC and holds a BFA from CalArts. He is currently a Lead Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education.
(Photo Credit Jan Wandrag)
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