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MUSE OF FIRE
by Jake Rosenberg
In Auschwitz, 1942, Jewish prisoners took it upon themselves at grave personal risk to perform comedy. This is their story, as one group struggles to perform a farce based on the first great anti-semitic tragedy of the 20th century: the infamous Dreyfus Affair. As the play goes on, and dark secrets begin to emerge about the reason for its performance, those performing must ask themselves, can comedy truly have meaning in the face of horror? Who really has the last laugh?
$1000 for BEST PLAY PRODUCTION!
January 7 - 30, 2015
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So you have a dream of putting up your new play but that NYC Festival thing is just too friggin' crazy.
Maybe there is a better, more civilized way....
Develop your never produced before play at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances.
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING PLAYS FOR OUR WINTER SEASON!
PLAY DEVELOPMENT PRODUCTION PROGRAM includes:
2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Fall (more if you play is selling well.)
A minimum of 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage.
3 hours tech rehearsal,
3 hours Dress rehearsal,
6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre (Nights and weekend days.)
Weekly development discussions if you wish with Artistic Director Ken Wolf, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more. And there will be an opportunity to rent the theatre for more rehearsal at way below market rates.
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WRITING, PLAYMAKING, ACTING AND MORE
from Artistic Director, Ken Wolf
"Our team for TYBALT & MERCUTIO LIVE! was very proud to be working at MRT, and it proved to be a wonderful experience. MRT is well organized, welcoming and helpful. The Guidelines document was well written and answered most all of our questions, and seeing the space, so well kept and attractive and located, clearly stated that we had found a wonderful place to work.
Our performances were all great experiences--imagine Saturday night in New York, with crowds of people unknown to us in the streets, and six floors up, we sit in a quiet room and see a writer's characters come to life in all their detail and humanity--this is the very reason and essence of theatre, and why it is so special in New York.
Sean O'Casey, the great Irish playwright, once came to Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania, and shouted "Long Live Hedgerow Theatre in the hedgerows of Pennsylvania!" We are not Sean O'Casey, but we repeat his famous line--Long Live Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 42nd Street in New York! "
Walt Vail - Playwright/Producer "Tybalt and Mercutio Live!
From the New York Observer
I can’t quite explain how it happened, but last night I found myself performing in my underwear for Meryl Streep.
Well, I can explain part of it—the part thatwasn’t the direct result of the Gods of Off-Off-Broadway Theater.
My good friend Hanah Fazio wrote a play called “The Miss Woman Pageant 2013,” which was accepted into the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One-Act Competition.
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MANHATTAN REP'S BLOG
by Artistic Director, Ken Wolf
We're the opposite of people."
- Tom Stoppard -
Jennifer Pierro in The Match Game
Manhattan Repertory Theatre prides itself on being a welcoming and nurturing space for independent artists, playwrights and actors alike. I was more than pleased with their professionalism, their experience, their graciousness, and their warmth during my time there.
I hope to continue our relationship in the future.
- The space; intimate and cozy
- The simple tech work so that anyone can learn
- The smooth transitions from one show to the next
- The use of space for multiple productions, i.e. the dressing area
- The flexibility with start time for shows
- The location
- The supportive staff
- Excellent and efficient communication
Tremaine A. Price, Playwright/Producer
“Every once in a while, something that seems too good to be true actually IS true. Working with the Manhattan Repertory Theatre was effortless and uncomplicated. Their constant support from the moment our play was chosen was amazing - we always felt like we were their highest priority- which is incredible given the large amount of artists they're constantly working with. In addition to the great team of people at MRT, we were given a lovely, intimate, functional space in the heart of the theater district to showcase our work. Manhattan Repertory Theatre is a diamond in the rough - a group of professional artists truly supporting other artists. Being a part of their play festival has been a dream and a blessing.”
Michael DiFrancisco, Producer/Director -
"Manhattan Rep runs the most well-organized competition I have ever experienced in New York. They are fair to the playwrights who join them, and celebrate good theater with great enthusiasm. The caliber of work that Manhattan Rep attracts is very high. I would encourage all good playwrights to give this competition a try."
Chip Bolcik - Playwright/Producer -
IN THE THIRD PERSON
WINNER OF THE $1000 cash prize
SPRING ONE ACT COMPETITION 2013
I highly recommend Manhattan Rep to any artist or company looking to develop their craft in their wonderfully clean, welcoming and intimate space. The process of working at Manhattan Rep is seemless and rewarding. The staff is always available for guidance and support and you will leave knowing that your team and your work were treated with the uptmost respect and care.
John Rotondo - Playwright/Producer
"Life beats down
and crushes the soul
and art reminds you
that you have one."
- Stella Adler -
"My experience at Manhattan Repertory Theatre has been extraordinary. Because of Ken Wolf’s unwavering support, I was able to transform my solo show into a richly layered, multi-character ensemble piece. Ken fearlessly encourages each playwright to fully engage in their work – from producing to writing to directing to performing, but he is also there every step of the way, tirelessly responding to each question, giving vital advice. Although this was an incredibly challenging undertaking, I’d remind myself of Ken’s words to me: “think of each hardship as a gift.” His open-minded approach taught me to value each challenge as an integral part of the artistic process, as part and parcel of the organic evolution of what it means to truly develop a play. I am deeply grateful to both Ken Wolf and Jennifer Pierro for their unique vision and devotion to emerging playwrights."
Anna Fishbeyn - Actor/Playwright/Producer
SEX IN MOMMYVILLE
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