Manifest Destiny’s Child

Streaming Now through November 29th 2020

poster art by Kes Maro
“Dennis Trainor Jr., delivers a sharp, honest, and direct commentary on the two party political system in America, while providing a barbed critique of American Exceptionalism… The provocative performance comes well timed.” – DigBoston

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Written and Performed by Dennis Trainor Jr
Directed by Trainor and Jeff Wise

About the show:
From the Communications Director of Jill Stein’s flawed but well-intentioned 2016 Presidential campaign, Manifest Destiny’s Child is a true story about the intersection of movement building and electoral politics. In this new solo show, Dennis Trainor Jr takes a pickaxe to the pillars holding up the toxic myth of American Exceptionalism in a provocative, intelligent, and humorous meditation on how America lost its way and woke up in Trumplandia.

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DENNIS TRAINOR JR (Writer, Performer, Co-Director)

Dennis is a Boston-based actor, writer, director, and multimedia storyteller. His Boston theater credits include appearances with SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage Company, Company One Theatre, and North Shore Music Theater. As an activist/media maker, his films include Legalize Democracy and American Autumn (“Calm, and smart, offsetting its stridency with humor” – New York Times, “Impresses where many docs disappoint” – Variety). Dennis was the host and writer of the nationally syndicated news and politics show Acronym TV (as part of the Young Turks Network). In New York, Dennis was the founding Co-Artistic Director of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company. His theater writing credits include the plays Plug (Rude Mechanicals), I Coulda Been A Kennedy (Rude Mechanicals), and Manifest Destiny’s Child (Wheelhouse Theater/Dixon Place). Dennis received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

JEFF WISE (Co-Director)

A 2019 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play (Life Sucks), Jeff is a Tony Award-winning producer, an actor, director, and founder of Wheelhouse Theater Company. With Wheelhouse, Jeff has directed the critically acclaimed Life Sucks (NY Times Critics Pick) by Aaron Posner, Happy Birthday, Wanda June (NY Times Critics Pick) by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Ibsen’s’ An Enemy of the People, Shakespeares’ Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and the world premiere of DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA by Lawrence Dial. Jeff produced the Tony Award-winning revival of Once on this Island on Broadway. He also co-produced the world premiere In the Room with Slant Theatre Project. He has also directed productions of Henry IV Part 2, Hamlet, BACK, and Dear Penthouse. Stage credits include Hamlet, Lend me a Tenor, Pajama Game, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, BACK, Three Sisters, Six Degrees of Separation, Bus Stop, and La Ronde. Jeff received his MFA in Acting from New York University.

A production note:
I initially worked on Manifest Destiny’s Child as a memoir, developing the manuscript at the Boston creative writing space, Grub Street, in a workshop lead by Alysia Abbot. The theatrical version received a workshop presentation at Dixon Place, NYC (Feb 2018), directed by Jeff Wise and produced by Wheelhouse Theater. Coming out of that process, I was confident that I had a unique theater piece that would have fit nicely into the 2020 presidential election season. The pandemic made those well-laid plans impossible to realize, and so – with my living room as a set, I’ve created this piece of virtual theater to share with you.

– DTjr October 12, 2020


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