New Play about Transgender Soldier Serving Time in Prison Will Get NYC Reading

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Stan Richardson’s play will be presented to students of the New School prior to an Off-Broadway run this winter.
Stan Richardson
Stan Richardson

The Representatives theatre partnership will present a staged reading of Stan Richardson's Private Manning Goes to Washington for the students of The New School October 28 at 3 PM at Wollman Hall in Manhattan.

There will be a talkback with Cecilia Rubino, assistant professor of Theater and coordinator of the Theater Program at Lang College/The New School.

This past summer, Rubino took some students to the Edinburgh Festival and saw the new drama there. This began a talk about The Representatives collaborating with The New School because of the theatre company and the school's history and current relationship to activism. This reading launches that collaboration.

The play, according to press notes, “imagines a secret meeting between Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and US President Barack Obama. 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 Richardson uses this fact as a springboard to imagine Swartz creating a piece of theatrical activism intended to free Manning.”

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, who was born Bradley Edward Manning in December 1987, is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act after disclosing to WikiLeaks military and diplomatic documents.

The world premiere of a newly revised and expanded production of Private Manning Goes to Washington will be seen Off-Broadway this December at the Studio at 345, 345 W. 13th St. Dates and cast will be announced at a later time. The production will be co-directed by Richardson and Matt Steiner, with design by Paul Hudson and dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout.

The Representatives is the collaboration of playwright Richardson and actor Steiner. Since 2012 they have presented 15 original works, ranging from their signature apartment plays to larger, site-specific productions on subject matter ranging from the global financial crisis to mass shootings in the U.S. For more information visit therepresentatives.org.

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