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Confess and Conspire by Andy Mayo New Works Short Play Event Series 3 New Works Short Play Event Series 2 Waiting for a Job by Fred Bruggeman New Works Short Play Event Series 1 Playwrights Showcase Series 12 Playwrights Showcase Series 13 Playwrights Showcase Series A Playwrights Showcase Series 10 Playwrights Showcase Series 11 THE COURT MARTIAL OF ADMIRAL MONTOJO Full Circle: The Last Dance by Richard Thomas Henle Accidental Christmas Romance by Michael Zielinski Talking About Diana by Bunk Kirwin Brooklyn of Light by Jonathan Wallace Playwrights Showcase Series 2 Playwrights Showcase Series 4 Past Perfect by Rita Lewis Le Cygne by Ivan Filippov The Living Room by Charlie Finesilver War In a Golf Cart by Fred Bruggeman The Bigot by Gabi Mor & Eva Mor WHO AM I by Richard Thomas Henle The Werewolves by Alex Moon Yes by Tim Realbuto Neither Here Noir There by Bambi Everson Playwrights Showcase Series 1 Summer New Works Series I New Works Series One MRT Resident - THREE Jan 2017 - TRUMPED! THE STATE OF THE UNION! Spring New Works Series Six Spring New Works Series Two MRT KIDS - Escape from Puppy Pen Club Silencio by Gabe Rodriguez New Works Series Two New Works Series A Summer New Works Series D Summer New Works Series G Summer New Works Series B Summer New Works Series 15 Summer New Works Series 11 Summer New Works Series 12 Summer New Works Series E Spring New Works Series Three Summer New Works Series H Spring 10 Minute Play Series 2 Spring New Works Series 7 Spring New Works Series Four Spring New Works Series One A Kreutzer Sonata by Larry Rinkel Spring New Works Series Five Spring 10 Minute Play Series 1 Winter 10 Minute Play Contest Ever Random by Patrick Sherrard Playwrights Showcase Series 3 Jan 2017 - 10 Minute Play Series MRT Resident Show FIVE Summer New Works Series F Those Lurking Moments by Mark U. Alvarado Baby Hubris by Jacqui Rego Three Really Cool One Act Plays - MRT Resident Show BC BOYS by Matthew Pohlman The Prodigy by Rick Apicella Spring New Works Series 9 March Short Play Competition 2017 Princesses at the Bar Table by Sana Keith YOU GOT TRUMPED by Matthew Hill Young Adult Variety Hour Feb 2017 Playwright's Showcase - Jan. 2017 Staged by Richard Thomas Henle Short Play Project January 2017 10 Minute Play Series May 2017 Jan. Short Play Competition 2017 FINALS MRT KIDS - What's Your Super Power? Jan. Short Play Competition 2017 Series 3 SHORT PLAY NON-FEST SERIES 2 SHORT PLAY NON-FEST SERIES 1 Archives list
The Great Holiday Debate Dec. 2016 December Holiday Event 2016 Short Play Project Dec. 2016 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST FINALS DEC. 2016 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST DEC. 2016 Series 2 New Theatre Celebration Series 11 Bone on Bone by MaryLou DiPietro Garbage Person Karaoke by Caroline Bennett 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST DEC. 2016 Series 1 New Theatre Celebration Series 7 New Theatre Celebration Series 8 Young Adult Holiday Variety Hour Nov. 2016 Unique by Jen Pierro and Ken Wolf Men by Ken Wolf November 2016 Playwright's Showcase Nov 2016 FALL 10 MINUTE PLAY SERIES New Theatre Celebration SHORT PLAY PROJECT - Series 1 New Theatre Celebration SHORT PLAY PROJECT - Series 2 The Writer Righter by Richard Thomas Henle 10 Minute Play Contest - FINALS - Oct. 2016 Tales of Terror by Ken Wolf Oct 2016 New Theatre Celebration - Series 5 10 Minute Play Contest - Series 1 - Oct. 2016 10 Minute Play Contest - Series 2 - Oct. 2016 Inheritance by Delores Edwards New Theatre Celebration - Series C New Theatre Celebration SERIES 1 -Oct. 2016 New Theatre Celebration SERIES 2 - Oct. 2016 New Artist Play Series -Sept. 2016 September Challenge Finals 2016 Sept Play Challenge - Series 1 - 2016 Sept Play Challenge - Series 2 - 2016 10 Minute Play Contest FINALS September 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Series 1 September 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Series 2 September 2016 Short Play Project- Series 1 - Sept. 2016 Short Play Project - Series 2 - Sept. 2016 The August Event Series 1 - 2016 The August Event Series 2 - 2016 The August Event Series 3 - 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Finals August 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Series 2 August 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Series 1 August 2016 Sometimes It Snows In April SUMMER 1 ACT PLAY COMP - THE FINALS- 2016 MEN by Ken Wolf Aug 2016 SUMMER 1 ACT PLAY COMP - Series 4- 2016 SUMMER 1 ACT PLAY COMP - Series 1 - 2016 SUMMER 1 ACT PLAY COMP - Series 2 - 2016 SUMMER 1 ACT PLAY COMP - Series 3 - 2016 SHORT PLAY PROJECT JULY 2016 THE TWO BLOCK COMPETITION FINALS THE TWO BLOCK COMPETITION 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST FINALS JULY 15 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST SERIES B - SEMI-FINALS 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST SERIES A - SEMI-FINALS 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST SERIES 1 - JULY 2016 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST SERIES 2 - JULY 2016 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST SERIES 3 - JULY 2016 SUMMER CHALLENGE -THE FINALS Once Upon The Bronx SUMMER CHALLENGE SEMI-FINALS - SERIES B SUMMER CHALLENGE SEMI-FINALS - SERIES A SUMMER $1500 CHALLENGE SERIES 1 SUMMER $1500 CHALLENGE SERIES 2 SUMMER $1500 CHALLENGE SERIES 3 SUMMER $1500 CHALLENGE SERIES 4 SUMMER $1500 CHALLENGE SERIES 5 TWITTER THIS FACEBOOK THAT TEXT ME LATER LIVEART NYC SERIES 1 LIVEART NYC SERIES 2 LIVEART NYC SERIES 3 LIVEART NYC SERIES 4 LIVEART NYC SERIES 5 LIVEART NYC SERIES 6 LIVEART NYC SERIES 7 LIVEART NYC SERIES 7 Fri June 10 Slow Bullet, My Three Loves A Chronic Line Everything No One Should Know Orientalism MEN April 2016 APRIL EVENT 2016 The Withered Fig Tree A Friend Tragical-Comical The Star On My Heart A Timeless Something See You On The Other Side Full Circle 10 Minute Play Contest Spring One Act Play Competition 2016 Game Night The March Event 2016 10 Minute Play Contest Feb 2016 The February Event 2016 Short Play Development Project Feb 2016 Winter 1 Act Play Competition 16 10 Minute Play Contest - September 2016 10th Anniversary Holiday Event MRT SEASON 2015 NOVEMBER EVENT 2015 Short Play Development Project Oct. 2015 The October Event 2015 Fall One Act Play Competition 2015 The August Event 2015 10th Anniversary Event Summer 1 Act Play Competition 2015 The May Event 2015 The April Event 2015 Short Play Development Project May 2015 Short Play Development Project April 2015 Spring One Act Play Competition 2015 WINTER ONE ACT COMPETITION 2015 LECTURE 33 - SPECIAL EVENT HOLIDAY VIDEO 2014 Fall Season at MRT THE DECEMBER EVENT 2014 PDP NEW WORKS 2014 THE NOVEMBER EVENT 2014 OCTOBER EVENT 2014 Fall One Act Competition 2014 Scary, Spooky Night of Plays 2014 Summer New Works 2014 Summerfest 2014 THE JULY EVENT THE AUGUST EVENT February Play Party Submission Young Adult Holiday Variety Hour Dec. 2016
Manhattan Repertory Theatre
Manhattan Rep Cultivating Amazing Theatre in the Heart of Times Square!
 

BRING YOUR PLAY TO LIFE! 

 
 

"Manhattan Repertory Theatre is one of the most intelligently run small theatres I've ever been in. It has been a great experience. " 
- Rob Corbett , Playwright/Producer - MAN CAVE -

“We loved our experience at MRT! Ken runs such a tight ship, and he does it with great passion and humor. The 10 Minute Play Contest was a blast! We had so much fun doing the show multiple times, and Ken was incredibly supportive of the writers, actors and directors. He clearly loves presenting new theatrical works. And he keeps his theatre immaculate! He is also great with emails - very responsive and specific. Overall a fantastic experience, and I hope to come back again!” 

- Pamela Weiler Grayson - Playwright/Producer - HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

"You always make it a warm, supportive and professional experience." 

Matt Sanders, Co-Playwright/Producer -WELCOME TO PLANET COLLEGE-


THE STATE OF THE ART OF PLAY CREATION

by Ken Wolf, Artistic Director, Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Did you ever have one of those moments where all of a sudden everything makes sense?  Where your perception literally shifts and you can see things as they really are and as they are intended to be?

Since moving to our new theatre in October 2016, things have changed at Manhattan Repertory Theatre.  What we are doing is all of a sudden more important, more vital, and so much more meaningful, on a personal and on a global level.  But I didn't get it until today while biking with my partner and love of my life, Jen, along the Hudson River Bike path. Gazing out at the gray brown water, with the sun setting in the west over Hoboken, I got it.  I had my "Play Creation" Epiphany.

Manhattan Rep is on the front line of a new frontier for playwrights and serious play creators. The days of the old school model of sending out a play manuscript, and waiting 9 months to a year to see if a theatre will even get back to you and agree to produce it, are over.  Those days are over.  Fewer theatres even accept unsolicited scripts, and many of the ones that do, have a clear vision of what their theatre wants to produce, not YOUR VISION of what you want to produce.

"Please please please accept my play so it can be brought to life and then I can feel good about myself!"  

THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, if you want them to be.

Filmmakers raise funds to self-produce their movies. Authors write digital books and self-publish them on the Kindle platform. Now, finally, more and more playwrights are getting it too, and self-producing their plays. Bringing their work to life without the approval of a theatre company or a literary agent.  Bringing their work to life for they have balls and they believe in their friggin' work!

And that's the way it should be. That's the way we get to see personal stories that are different, or challenging to the old ways of thinking. That is the way, your perspective is clear. There is no moderator. No council on what is good art and what is bad art overseeing your creation. Just your vision and your passion manifested on stage.

That's the way to be responsible for making your dreams come true.  By taking action. Personal, passionate action to bring your plays to life.

Since we opened in our old space on 42nd and 8th Ave in 2005, we have always been a production house.  A place that offered playwrights opportunities to self produce their plays in a context/wrapping that we created, making it easier and more fun to self produce.

And I, with my partner Jen, self-produced my plays, plays that pushed the artform, like my one man one dog show Dad and the Dog. Plays that pushed the limits of comedy, like MEN, THE MATCH GAME, THE EYES OF LOVE.  And plays that told incredibly true scary raw stories like my one man show THE PEOPLE IN MY HIPS, the true story of how I developed severe PTSD from training in YOGA and how I cured myself 100% of my affliction in three years. Plays not to MAKE money, but plays to challenge the confines of what one can do in theatre, plays to push limits and the context of comedy, and plays that offered raw scary unadulterated truth. Truth like one has never seen on stage.

Last March, we created our Play Production program where for a production fee from a Passionate playwright we would produce her play from soup to nuts at Manhattan Rep.  

And the work has been unfriggin' believable. From Le Cygne by Ivan Filippov written and produced from Moscow Russia, to The Bigot by Gabi Mor and Eva Mor, that since our production has been booked in 5 different theatres for production in 2018, to The Living Room by Charlie Finesilver, the Civil War play that made an incredibly strong statement about race and our perceptions and generalities about the past presented while all that Confederate madness was in the news, to Past Perfect by Rita Lewis, which now after it's October 2017 run, is being presented as a benefit for a number of important LGBT charitable organizations because the play resounds, and the play is so important to perpetuate the freedom to love who you love in this label ridden age of Trump.  Other incredible playwrights like Fred Bruggemen who had the BALLS to bring his cutting edge full length plays to life here: War in a Golf Cart and Waiting for A Job. The awesome Michael Zielinsky brought his edgy Catholic based comedies, The Catholic Chronicles and his wacky Christmas Rom Com The Accidental Christmas Romance to life, and Andy Mayo,  brought to life his historical drama set in Germany in 1933 as Hitler rose to power, Confess and Conspire.

And then, there's Resident playwright Richard Thomas Henle who has the incredible, insatiable passion and commitment to bring more than 50 of his plays to life since 2009! Over 50 plays!! Self-Produced! F-ing Awesome!  

All these playwrights had a passion to see their plays come to life, and together as a team, as a community, we made it happen.

And since March 2017, we have produced over 35 plays from playwrights taking responsibility for bringing their plays to life as part of our Play Production program.

But when you break an old antiquated model, haters will arise from the bowels of the internet and Facebook. Individuals and playwriting businesses who make their money offering support and motivation for playwrights waiting for a job sitting sadly alone staring at their computer screens in a catatonic frozen state. And the reason they hate empowered Self Production is because they are too frightened to take responsibility for their own art, or, for the businesses, they are frighten this new thought form of personal responsibility will put their playwriting businesses out of business.  So they hate, and they passionately attack any empowering new idea, and by doing so, they all feel better about themselves.... for about 30 seconds.  (Don't you just love the internet?)

The old way of HOPING someone will "like" your written word, is stupid, and a waste of life. It's like buying Win for Life scratch off tickets, and honestly thinking you might Win for Life.  It is a waste of FRIGGIN' TIME on this planet to wait for "approval" to have your play brought to life.  All play creators on this planet need to take control of their art and destiny especially in this AGE OF TRUMP, where endowments for the Arts are being cut, slashed, and hacked.  Where most theatres are frightened by work that might offend the government or the general public, and where their primary focus is simply making a buck, not making a difference!

So I had an Epiphany.
"A usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something."

At Manhattan Rep, we bring plays to life for passionate enlightened playwrights, and we help passionate enlightened playwrights and producers bring plays to life!  We are at the forefront of a super important paradigme shift in the playwriting global belief system.  

A shift from learned helplessness to Personal Friggin' Power!

As a playwright and artist, bringing your play to life is the most important thing you can do in this lifetime.  So bring it on now!

And we here at Manhattan Rep, the playwrights who have joined the self-production band wagon, the awesome actors who helped bring the plays here to life, and the directors who passionately guided the process, are just beginning. This is the tip of the iceberg of the passion and the unbounded CREATIVITY to come!  Creativity that connects people, that creates community in a time when we need community more than ever. Creativity that makes people think, and reevaluate their beliefs in a time when people are thinking all crazy!  And creativity, that creates new forms, new perception, new ways of connecting one another heart to heart through personal stories!

So if you are confused or scared as a playwright (or even if you are a creator of any kind,) take a bike ride along the Hudson River as the sun sets over Hoboken and get clear. Get clear on what you want as a creator. Get clear on how as an artist you can make a difference in this world.

And then, take the bold, crazy, super fun, life-affirming and sometimes scary choice, to bring your ART to life!


 

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Please check out all that we do here.

Manhattan Rep is a unique theatre for new work in New York City.

We are committed to the creative artist and to the magic of creation.

Jennifer Pierro and Ken Wolf,  

Co-Founders, Manhattan Rep

Danny McWilliams as Donald Trump in Trumped!  Oct. 2017

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Roma Pierro-Wolf in DAD AND THE DOG


Jennifer Pierro and Gerry Glennon in Past Perfect by Rita Lewis         October 2017

Jennifer Pierro & Gerry Glennon in Past Perfect by Rita Lewis   

 

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WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WE PRODUCED THE BIGOT by Gabi Mor and Eva Mor:

Since being brought to life as part of our Play Production Program THE BIGOT by Gabi Mor and Eva Mor has been picked up by FIVE different regional theatres for productions through 2018!

For more information on this play: https://www.thebigotplay.com/

"Without exception, Manhattan Repertory is a treasure to the theater world, selfishly devoted to bringing entertaining and thought provoking work for the benefit of a discerning public. You have my thanks and support for the excellent work you do...with your productions as their own reward. Without hesitation I would recommend Manhattan Repertory to any  writer to have their plays produced!

I will never forget the thoughtful and imaginative treatment of my play done professionally

Thank you forever."

Jonathan Brickman - Trumpeting in Shakespeake

We have been making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep.  We supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, producers and literary agents to come and see it.  And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

And the response has been incredible!

Here is a sound clip of the talkback of Past Perfect by Rita Lewis from October 15, 2017 (again part of our Play Production Program which will illustrates the quality and the passion of the work we do here! 

https://soundcloud.com/ken-wolf-6/talk-back-about-past-perfect-by-rita-lewis-at-manhattan-rep-october-15-2017

 
Michael Buckhout, Playwright Jonathan Northover, Kevin McGee, and Kamala Israfilova, the cast and playwright of People Like Us

Michael Buckhout, Playwright Jonathan A. J. Northover, Kevin Magee, & Kamala Israfilova, the cast & playwright of People Like Us

 

10 Minute Plays, 11-20 Minute Plays, 21-35 minute Plays,  

2 performances minimum! Fully produced!

Full-Length Plays up to 120 minutes, Fully produced for you! 

3 to 12 performances!

We now have performance dates available:

May through June for short plays! 

 May through August for full-length plays!

In the past year, we have fully produced over 35 plays for Playwrights across the country and around the world!

To listen to Ken Wolf, Artistic Director Manhattan Rep discuss our Play Production Program in great detai click the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/ken-wolf-6/play-production-program


FOR THOSE PLAYWRIGHTS/PRODUCERS WHO WANT TO TAKE THEIR WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

So you have a great play, and you want to take it to the next level, and you can't wait around any longer waiting for a theatre to option and present your play.

For a production fee, we will produce your play for you for 12 performances over 4 weeks. We will work with you on the script if needed, cast your play, direct it, promote it, and bring it to amazing life in Midtown Manhattan at our theatre on West 45th St.

If you were to do it all yourself, it would probably cost you TWICE as much if not more - to rent a theatre, hire actors and stage crew, but because we have a theatre, rehearsal space, a great team of actors and creators, and a production system that works, we can bring your play to life for substantially less and you will have an absolutely awesome 4 week run of your new play in Midtown Manhattan.

If you wish, for a fee, you can have your Full-Length play fully produced by Manhattan Rep (Cast, directed, and performed) for 12 Performances over four weeks:

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THIS WEEK AT MANHATTAN REP!

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So you have a theatre company committed to creating new and exciting work, but the cost of renting a theatre, and producing in New York City is getting higher and higher.  So how can your theatre company continue to produce and do it profitably?

This is where Manhattan Rep's Low-Priced Theatre share might work for you.  Every other Month, you will get theatre space for a 2.5 hour Tech/Dress on one night and 2 performances the following two nights. You run the show, you keep all the ticket sales, and you can have an on-going home in Midtown Manhattan to develop your work and your theatre company every other month.

The cost of the theatre share is $549.00 every other month.  And there are more options if you wish to add performances, and more rehearsal time.

We are seeking serious producers and theater companies who want to develop work on-going and most importantly, create a home at Manhattan Rep on West 45th St.

Plays must run 90 minutes or less.  No Festivals allowed in this context.

If you are interested in this Low-Priced Theater Share, please email us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com
 

Looking for a place to hold your class?

Theatre Rental for On-Going Classes and Events! 

Do you need a HOME for your on-going class or theatre school?  

Where there is available stock furniture, good lighting, a clean bathroom and riser seating for your participants in an easy to access Midtown location?

We are now offering Manhattan Rep to rent out for on-going classes and events! If interested, please email us at:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com

and let us know the days and times you are interested in, and we will get back to you! Please put " Rental" in the subject heading!


"Ken Wolf has vast experience as a playwright, director and actor. The depth of his knowledge about playwriting is illuminating and his passion and love for writing is incredibly contagious. His podcasts are a must-hear experience for any aspiring or established playwright." 

 Michael Zielinski - Playwright

"The Playwriting Podcast is a great learning source! The Playwriting Podcast should be required for all writers...those who are experienced and for those who are just starting out on their journey in becoming writers."

 Edmund Siejka - Playwright

Episode #39 - just released!

"Words, Words, Words! How to be CONCISE in your playwriting!"

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The Accidental Christmas Romance by Michael Zielinski

Back left to right: Peter Quinones, Lisa Rabinowicz, Jennifer Rizzi, Silvestro Rubino, Assistant Director Cammerron Baits

Front: Director Ken Wolf


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DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING SHOW!

The Cast and Director of

Past Perfect by Rita Lewis

Erika Yesenia, Gerry Glennon, Jennifer Pierro

and director

Ken Wolf


Submit your 10 - 25 minute Play Production!

Manhattan Rep's New Works Short Play Series is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world - Times Square!  And we make it easy.

We supply the technician for lights and sound.  We supply the poster and the ticketing pages.

We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other amazing short plays... 

And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right in the middle of the of Broadway and more! 

Please come join us as we celebrate New Work and the magical power of the theatre!! 


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"The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right in front of an audience's eyes.  

- Lee Hall -


A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth. 
- Edward Albee -

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.  

- Meryl Streep -