THE REPRESENTATIVES (2012-17) was a theatrical experiment led by playwright Stan Richardson and actor Matt Steiner. The two met in 2006 when Matt auditioned for an evening of Stan's plays at Dixon Place.
At the time there was no model for writer-and-actor-driven play development and the Reps was born out of an urgent desire to share stories about what was happening right now.
Between 2012 and 2017, Stan wrote 15 new roles for Matt and together they put up the plays--as fast as Stan could write them--in apartments, churches, and a hair salon.
Over two-thousand audience members got to experience these radically-intimate showings, brilliantly realized by a handful of talented collaborators. Admission to the apartment plays was often a bottle of wine and every performance, even at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ended in a night of great conversations.
These nights sparked scores of unlikely friendships, and that was perhaps The Representatives' greatest achievement.
Private Manning Goes to Washington (2016)
The Rakes Die (2016)
Cut the Shit (2015)
Beddy Tear (2015)
Dead Black Temp (2014)
Of Orient Are (2014)
The Rakes Progress (2014)
Flooded With Light (2013)
O Happy Happy Aztecs (2013)
The Rakes: an Introduction (2012)
Incredible Things, Awful Things (2012)
Ramona Clay (2012)
The Lower Lights (2012)
PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON
2016 August Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2016 December Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Direction by Stan Richardson & Matt Steiner, design by Paul Hudson, sound design by Stan Richardson, projections by Thomas Kavanagh, dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout, stage managed by Zachary Tomlinson, co-produced by Donny Repsher, environment and afterparty by Lindsay Maiorana & Maren Lavelle, press by KPM Associates, photography by Jan Wandrag. Hosted by David Raleigh & Ricky Bahl. The cast included E. James Ford & Matt Steiner. A significant force in the movement to pardon Chelsea Manning, Private Manning was the Reps' last public presentation. The play is dedicated to the memory & legacy of Aaron Swartz.
THE RAKES DIE
2016 March Union Square, Manhattan
Direction by Matt Steiner, sound design by Stan Richardson, dramaturgy by Zachary Tomlinson, lighting design by Paul Hudson, photography by Joshua Paul Johnson. Hosted by Adam Mizrachi & Elliot Garlock. The cast included Kahlilah Fleming, E. James Ford, Caitrin Kelly, Anne Richardson, Stan Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez & Matt Steiner.
2015 October Gramercy, Manhattan
Direction by Stan Richardson & Matt Steiner, environmental design & afterparty by Meg Stemmler & Lindsay Maiorana, lighting by Paul Hudson, sound by Stan Richardson, costumes by Ashley Walch, dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout, ASL consultant Alexandria Wailes, stage managed by Liz Elise Richards, assistant stage managed by Jake Farnum & Kacey Gritters, marketing by Nicole Ofeno, press by KPM Associates, poster art by Michael Constantine, general manager Gwyn Osnos, production assistant Anthony Simon, photography by Jan Wandrag and Joshua Paul Johnson. Presented in association with The Olmsted Salon at St. George's Church. The cast included John Garrett Greer, Chris Harral, Daniel K. Isaac, John McGinty, DeLance Minefee, Luis Moreno, Marquis Rodriguez, Brendan Spieth, Matt Steiner, and Amir Wachterman.
CUT THE SHIT
2015 August Alphabet City, Manhattan
Direction by Darren Katz, environmental design & afterparty by Lindsay Maiorana, sound design by Stan Richardson, hospitality by Anthony Simon, Caleb Bell & Maren Lavalle. Hosted by Nelson Barretto at Ene Hair Salon The cast included Zachary Clark, Jody Cook, Brooke Haney, Stan Richardson & Matt Steiner. Special thanks to .
2015 April Upper West Side, Manhattan
Direction & sound design by Stan Richardson, video by Joshua Paul Johnson, environmental design & afterparty by Lindsay Maiorana, sound mixing by Kristel Ottis, lighting tech by Michael Kefeyalew, video tech by Erin Lemkey, house management by Caleb Bell. Hosted by the Center at West Park at West Park Church. The live cast included K. Nicole Helén, Anna O’Donoghue, Claire Siebers & Matt Steiner; appearing on film were Adiagha Faizah, Kat Puma, Mariah Ralph, Anne Richardson, Indika Senanayake. Special thanks to The Dig for use of "I Already Forgot Everything You Said."
DEAD BLACK TEMP
2014 December Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Direction & sound design by Stan Richardson, environmental design and afterparty by Lindsay Maiorana, photography by Joshua Paul Johnson. Hosted by Ashton Applewhite & Bob Stein. The cast included Anna O’Donoghue, Marquis Rodriguez & Matt Steiner. Dead Black Temp was the seventh apartment play by The Representatives. Among the interactive elements of the production were a champagne toast with the audience and a Happy Birthday sing-a-long over red velvet cake.
OF ORIENT ARE
2014 September Gramercy, Manhattan
Direction & sound design by Stan Richardson, environmental design & afterparty by Meg Stemmler & Lindsay Maiorana, photography by Joshua Paul Johnson. Hosted by The Olmsted Salon at St. George’s Church. The cast included Matt Hostetler, Claire Siebers & Matt Steiner.
2014 May Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Direction by Matt Steiner & Stan Richardson, video by Joshua Paul Johnson. Hosted by ISA restaurant. The live cast included Nicole Helén & Anna O’Donoghue; the film cast included Maryann Durmer, Jenn Lyon, Annie Paul, Kat Puma, Matt Steiner & other members of The Reps community. A film-theater hybrid Tell was a Theatrical Portrait, a commissioned work inspired by a real life people and events.
THE RAKES PROGRESS
2014 March Financial District, Manhattan
Direction & design by Cedric Lamar, afterparty by Virginia Wilcox. Hosted by Daniel Rechelbacher & Zhauna Franks. The cast included Kat Heverin, Caitrin Kelly, Meg McQuillan, Kieran Mulcare, Stan Richardson, Matt Steiner, and Ben Vershbow. The Rakes Progress was the Reps' sixth apartment play and the second play in a trilogy about The Rakes brothers.
FLOODED WITH LIGHT
2013 December Upper West Side, Manhattan
Direction by Lee Sunday Evans, co-produced by Virginia Wilcox. Hosted by Chad Hoeppner & Hilary Kole. The cast included Hilary Kole, David Rosenblatt, Matt Steiner & Marguerite Stimpson. The fifth apartment play by The Reps, Flooded with Light was a theatrical portrait, a commissioned work inspired by a real life people and events.
2013 August Upper West Side, Manhattan
Direction by Ben Vershbow, environmental design and afterparty by Meg Stemmler, theatrical design by Ben Vershbow, Scears Lee & Mira Veikley, choreography by Brendan Spieth. Hosted by the Center at West Park at West Park Church. The cast included Dorit Avganim, Kat Heverin, Roger Lirtsman, Claire Siebers, David Skeist, Matt Steiner, Ben Vershbow & Henry Vick. Bazarov was the first public workshop by The Representatives.
O HAPPY HAPPY AZTECS
2013 March Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
Direction & design by Ben Vershbow, photography by Gregory Vershbow. Hosted by Peter O'Connor The cast included Anna O’Donoghue, Matt Steiner & Dov Tiefenbach. O Happy Happy Aztecs was the fourth apartment play by The Representatives.
2012 December Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Direction and design by Ben Vershbow, afterparty & environment by Meg Stemmler. Hosted by Jason Hill. The cast included Kelley Curran, Caitrin Kelly, Meg McQuillan, Kieran Mulcare, Stan Richardson, Matt Steiner & Ben Vershbow. The Rakes: an Introduction was the Reps' third apartment play and the first of the Rakes trilogy.
2012 July Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Direction & design by Cedric Lamar, environment & afterparty by Meg Stemmler, photography by Carlos Arias & Meg Stemmler. Hosted by Meg Stemmler. The cast included Cedric Lamar, Stan Richardson, Matt Steiner & Virginia Wilcox. The Reps' second apartment play, Incredible Things, Awful Things is dedicated to the bravery of Chelsea Manning, the transgender activist, US Army private, and whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act of leaking sensitive information to Julian Assange of Wikileaks.
2012 April West Village, Manhattan
Direction by Ben Vershbow, design by Dorit Avganim, dramaturgy by Shannon Deep, ASL consultation by John McGinty. The cast included Justin Blanchard, Sandra Struthers, Alexandria Wailes & Matt Steiner. Ramona Clay was a developmental workshop in partnership with the 3B Development Series @ IRT Theater, combining traditional hearing storytelling with scenes completely in ASL.
THE LOWER LIGHTS
2012 February Manhattan
Direction & design by Ben Vershbow, costumes & photography by Dorit Avganim. The cast included Roger Lirtsman, Tess Primack, Emily Simoness & Matt Steiner. The Lower Lights was the first apartment play by The Representatives inspired by the Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and Occupy Wall Street.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation ⋮ The Marta Heflin Foundation ⋮ The Puffin Foundation ⋮ and Off Broadway Angels. Ellen Adair & Eric Gilde ⋮ Dom & Anne Alcocer ⋮ Courtney Allison & David Horowitz ⋮ Jeff Alpher⋮ Lorraine & Curt Anastasio ⋮ Michael & Lidia Anastasio ⋮ Nicholas Anderson ⋮ Ashton Applewhite & Bob Stein ⋮ Chris Arruda & Brad Carpenter ⋮ Matthew Aument ⋮ Jon Robin Baitz ⋮ Sarah Baldwin ⋮ Sherin Bennett ⋮ Matt Bloom ⋮Emily Bohannon ⋮ Lauren Bridgeford ⋮ Yuri Broze ⋮ Chickie Bucco ⋮ Nathaniel Buckholz ⋮ Sidney J. Burgoyne ⋮ Jon Carbajal & Melissa Kimadi ⋮ Martin Casella ⋮ Tom Casesa ⋮ Janet Casiano ⋮ Tim Cavaretta & Isabelle Leighton ⋮ Peter J. Cook ⋮ James Cropcho ⋮ Ian Danic & Chris Arnett ⋮ Shannon Deep ⋮ Jake DeGroot ⋮ Brian Dixon ⋮ Anthony Dorsey ⋮ Emily Edson ⋮ Elizabeth Elghanayan ⋮ Joseph & Kelly Eno ⋮ Jessica Epstein ⋮ Smokey Forester & Sally Heckel ⋮ Peter Friedman ⋮ Sol Gaitan & Barry Morganstern ⋮ Kim Gilmore ⋮ Alvia Golden ⋮ Patrick Goodwin ⋮ Cory Greenberg & Mick Hilgers ⋮ Michael Grisolia & Amy Craiger ⋮ Jonathan Hansen & Anne Richardson-Hansen ⋮ Bill Hardin ⋮ Abigail Hastings ⋮ Steven Hauck ⋮ K. Nicole Helén ⋮ Anita Highton ⋮ Jason Hill ⋮ Lily Hindy ⋮ Ethan Hova ⋮ Michael Jakob ⋮ Matt Joachim & Elka Looks ⋮ Tom Johnson ⋮ Beth Kahn ⋮ Elizabeth Kastor ⋮ Darren Katz ⋮ Jordan, Ellen & Lee Katz ⋮ Maggie Keenan-Bolger ⋮ Carol Kellermann & Mark O’Donoghue ⋮ Steffie & Dennis Kirschner ⋮ Devin Klos ⋮ Katherine Kurs⋮ Susan Kwan ⋮ Mia-Margaret Laabs ⋮ John & Coleen Landry ⋮ Caroline Louise Laskow & Ian Rosenberg ⋮ Jenn Lyon ⋮ Maxine Lu ⋮ Lindsay Maiorana & Colton Tracy ⋮ Sarah Marshall & Maggie Leigh Marshall ⋮ Diana Mellon ⋮ Ari Malul & Jennifer Andrews ⋮ Timothy McNamara ⋮ Amy Mittelman ⋮ Ellen & Avi Mittelman ⋮ Adam Mizrachi ⋮ Robert Moulthrop ⋮ Patrick Mulryan ⋮ Kartik Nair ⋮ Miles Nordin ⋮ Matte O'Brien ⋮ Kevin Oeser ⋮ Gwyn Osnos ⋮ Eugen Palma ⋮ Matthew Peteroy ⋮ Annabelle Quezada ⋮ Dvora Rabino & Herb Leventer ⋮ Elizabeth Rad ⋮ Phillip Reyland & Tim Aarsen ⋮ Sarah Richardson ⋮ Jesse Edward Rosbrow ⋮ Kevin Salinger ⋮ Frank Sanchis ⋮ Erik Savage & Spencer Aste ⋮ Jordan Schildcrout ⋮ David Schwam & Jan Wandrag ⋮ Christopher Shyer & David Ehrich ⋮ Katie Siegmund ⋮ Jennifer Sneed ⋮ Ted Sod & Burke Pearson ⋮ Jeffrey Sosnick & Albert Carucci ⋮ Jesse Stuart ⋮ Edward Sunderland ⋮ Philip Tobin ⋮ Hieu Tran ⋮ Matthew Tumminello ⋮ Wayne Walton ⋮ Virginia Wilcox ⋮ Tracy Wise ⋮ Lori-Ann Wynter ⋮ Alanna Wilson-Yeargain & Joseph Yeargain ⋮ Arthur Yang ⋮ Minna Yang ⋮ Earl Weiner ⋮ Brooklyn Brewery ⋮ Tito’s Vodka ⋮ Queens Courage ⋮ Altos Tequila
TAPE ONE (Side A)
Private Manning Goes to Washington
❶ "The Internet's Own Boy"
❷ "Adventures in Solitude (Acoustic)"
The Rakes Die
❹ "Paul is Alive"
❺ "In Darkened Movie Theaters"
❻ "Valdaro Lovers in Mantua"
❼ "The Secret Court of 1920"
❽ "Till We Meet Again"
❾ "Robert Altman on Rashoman"
Cut the Shit
❿ "The Carpenter & Oniroku"
TAPE ONE (Side B)
Cut the Shit (Cont'd)
➀ "What ISIS Really Wants"
➁ "I'll See You in My Dreams"
➂ "Ferguson Activists are Dying"
➃ "Vanya on 42nd Street"
➄ "Too Close to Ted Bundy"
Dead Black Temp
➅ "Whitney & Amy"
➆ "There She Goes My Beautiful World"
Of Orient Are
➇ "Candy pp55-60"
➈ "Let's Revive the Golden Rule"
➉ "1958 The Void, Yves Klein"
TAPE TWO (Side A)
The Rakes Progress
❶ "The Fix"
❷ "Shining Agates of Negation"
❸ "ASMR: Relaxing Physical Therapist Visit"
Flooded with Light
❹ "The Acceptance Project"
❺ "Imago Dialogue"
❻ "Day I Die"
❽ "Not Much Out There"
O Happy Happy Aztecs
❾ "Bob Bergeron"
❿ "Louise Bogan"
TAPE TWO (Side B)
The Rakes: an Introduction
➀ "Virginia Tech Shooting: Fast Facts"
➁ "Seymour: an Introduction"
➂ "To the Lighthouse"
Incredible Things, Awful Things
➃ "The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend"
➄ "The New Abstinence"
➆ "Deaf-Hearing Relationships"
➇ "The Inadvertant Roman à Clef"
The Lower Lights
➈ "Noam Chomsky on Income Inequality"
This tightly choreographed show, under Mr. Steiner and Mr. Richardson’s meticulous direction, proceeds at a well-oiled clip. None of the appealing actors can be singled out above the rest…Though that notorious chapter in homophobia has been addressed before, VERITAS makes it agonizingly vivid.
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
Witty, sophisticated and involving…VERITAS is a masterfully written, directed, performed and presented play [that] immerses the audience in the past while reminding us that judgement and prejudice are still rampant today.
VERITAS is deeply moving and expertly conceived. Developed with care in all aspects, the duo behind The Representatives have produced yet another impressive and stirring evening of theater which is simultaneously humorous, tragic and inspiring at any given moment.
AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE: DEAF THEATER: SEEN AND HEARD