PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
MANIFEST DESTINY'S CHILD
by Dennis Trainor Jr
Wheelhouse is developing Manifest Destiny’s Child by Dennis Trainor, Jr. A workshop was presented at Dixon Place on February 10th, 2019, followed by a panel of political activists Katie Halper, Lee Camp, Hawk Newsome, Ted Alexandro and Pam Brown.
MANIFEST DESTINY'S CHILD is a provocative, intelligent, and humorous meditation on how the American left lost its way and woke up in Trumplandia. The real 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 well-meaning but flawed 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.
DENNIS TRAINOR, JR. is a writer, actor, and multi-media storyteller. Previous plays include Plug ("A clever, infectious, caffeinated jolt" - Village Voice) and I Coulda Been A Kennedy ("an ambitious yawp of a play, surreal and boisterous and full of political choler." - Time Out NY) As a filmmaker, his on the ground documentary on the Occupy movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc garnered critical acclaim("Calm, and smart, offsetting its stridency with humor" - New York Times, "Impresses where many docs disappoint" - Variety). He was the creator, host, and producer of two nationally syndicated TV programs: Acronym TV and The Resistance Report ("Cuts through the crap, tells the truth and can even make you laugh"- HuffPost Live). He has extensive acting credits in Boston and New York and was a founding co-Artistic Director of the New York-based Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, a position he held from 1998-2001. Dennis is on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he teaches acting in both the B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs. He holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.