Private Manning Goes to Washington

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Private Manning Goes to Washington

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Political Drama ▞ 75 minutes ▞ 2M

A secret meeting between Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and President Obama on the last night of his presidency.

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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 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.

Private Manning Goes to Washington premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016, and its New York premiere at The Studio @ 345 in Manhattan in December 2016.