The Representatives will present the world premiere of a newly revised and expanded production of Private Manning Goes to Washington, which imagines a secret meeting between transgender Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and President Barack Obama.
A shorter version of the play was presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe earlier this year, where it garnered positive reviews from critics. Written and co-directed by Stan Richardson, Private Manning Goes to Washington will begin performances Off-Broadway at The Studio at 345, with exact dates to be announced soon. The staging will be co-directed by Matt Steiner.
Manning is a US soldier who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act after disclosing sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks and is currently serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Private Manning Goes To Washington is billed as 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 production will feature design by Paul Hudson and dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout.
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