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 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.


 

VERITAS

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 .


 

BEDDY TEAR

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. 


 

TELL

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.


 

BAZAROV

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.


 

THE RAKES:
AN INTRODUCTION

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. 


 

INCREDIBLE THINGS
AWFUL THINGS

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.


 

RAMONA CLAY

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

 

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