Acronym TV presents Manifest Destiny’s Child, a provocative, intelligent, and humorous meditation on how America lost its way and woke up in Trumplandia.

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Written and performed by Dennis Trainor Jr
Directed by Tony-winning Producer and Drama Desk-nominated Jeff Wise
with Trainor Jr

Press screener available here (please do not share this link) The video is password protected. Email for your password.

  • World Premiere Event: Friday, October 23, 7:30 PM EST will include the pre-recorded show with talkback to follow. Tickets are “pay what you will” with a $5 minimum, and can be purchased here: 
  • Press can access the Press screener immediately and/or email to secure comps to the October 23rd event.
  • Manifest Destiny’s Child will stream on-demand October 24th — November 8th, 2020 here:

BOSTON, MA and WORLDWIDE— Acronym TV presents Manifest Destiny’s Child, a provocative, intelligent, and humorous meditation on how America lost its way and woke up in Trumplandia. Written and performed by the Communications Director of Jill Stein’s well-meaning but flawed 2016 Presidential Campaign.This world premiere charts the true story of a man who goes from a cushy job teaching at a boarding school to the frontlines of the Occupy movement, to a job launching Jill Stein’s Presidential campaign, to facing down eviction orders at Standing Rock. In this new solo show, Dennis Trainor Jr takes a pickaxe to the pillars holding up the toxic myth of American Exceptionalism. 

Jeff Wise, who directed a workshop production of Manifest Destiny’s Child at Dixon Place in 2018, takes on Co-Directing responsibilities with Trainor Jr for this streaming video. Wise, a 2019 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Direction of a Play, Tony winning Producer, and Founding Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Wheelhouse Theater Company  states: “In Manifest Destiny’s Child Dennis talks the talk because he has walked the walk.  This piece is so important to consider before you head to the ballot box, because Dennis confidently, humbly and playfully acknowledges the perils of the two-party system, the cost of activism, and the fallacy of our electoral process.  All anyone should do is hold themselves accountable, and Dennis is a shining example of this as he shares his true story working for the 2016 Jill Stein presidential campaign.”

Official trailer


Digital Access Listing Theatre | Performing Arts

MANIFEST DESTINY’S CHILD (Video Recording – virtual theater)

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


Friday, Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM EST (World Premiere Zoom event). Tickets here.
October 24th  – November 8th, 2020 Streaming on-demand:

ABOUT Acronym TV
Acronym TV with Dennis Trainor, Jr. cuts through the crap, tells the truth and can even make you laugh. Opinionated, energized, and often funny, Acronym is seriously unserious, reverentially irreverent, and deeply committed to telling stories about the interconnected movement of movements in a way that entertains, informs, and inspires.

Acronym TV: because you stand for something

ABOUT 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.

ABOUT Jeff Wise

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.