Horse Trade Theater Group Names Four New Resident Companies


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Congratulations to Wreckio Ensemble, BE Company, The Assembly and the Subjective Theatre Company — these four groups are the newest resident companies to be named by Horse Trade Theater Group, arguably the epicenter of the independent theater world in New York.

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These four groups join four companies that are staying on in residence for another season: The Management, No Tea Productions, Dysfunctional Theatre Company and Rising Sun Performance Company.

The following is courtesy of publicist Emily Owens:

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FOR 2009/2010 SEASON

Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers an artistic home to a select group of independent theatre artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy while focusing on their individuality as independent companies. Based on each company’s independent needs, this program provides an artistic home through rehearsal & performance space, and administrative, marketing, and artistic support. It has provided the platform for many new playwrights to be published in several editions of Plays and Playwrights, Playing with Canons, and numerous monologue books – enabling some of these works to be revived around the country. Horse Trade’s residents, past and present have proven themselves as a vital asset to the independent theatre community in NYC and have gone on to tour all over the United States and Europe. Horse Trade Theater Group and their resident artists will continues to produce a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater in 2009/2010.


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Wreckio Ensemble
Wreckio Ensemble is a movement-rooted theatre collective incorporated in November 2000. Wreckio produces original, character rich, and socially relevant work in an ensemble setting. Wreckio has four foundational beliefs: 1) ample time must be allotted to artistic development and rehearsals; 2) administrative and creative decisions are made by consensus, 3) core members are encouraged to take on various roles in the production company: as director, designer, actor, writer, etc.; 4) having fun is mandatory!

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BE Company
The mission of the BE Company is to tell stories. We are firm believers in better living through theatre and, to that end, strive to support new works and new voices. We gravitate toward stories that investigate the human condition and explore the lives of the unexamined. Theatre is a vital force, one that can open minds and bridge the fissure that fracture our society. We are writers, directors, actors, and lovers of the medium committed to bringing invigorating theatre to new and diverse audiences.

The Assembly
The Assembly is a New York-based company formed by five Wesleyan University graduates. With backgrounds in Sociology, Film Studies, History, English, and Performance Studies. Assembly members seek to unite our varied interests in service of creating wide-reaching, unabashedly theatrical and rigorously researched ensemble performances that address the complexities of our ever-changing world. Our play have been performed in Edinburgh and Connecticut as well as New York’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Brick, Abingdon Theater Complex, and The Flea.

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Subjective Theatre Company
The Subjective Theatre Company is dedicated to producing a wide range of politically and socially relevant theatre and presenting it at no cost to the public. Zachary R. Mannheimer founded the Subjective Theatre Company (STC) in 2001 founded on the principles that art is not a commodity, that culture should be without class structures, that art is without boundaries, and that theatre should always be available to everyone. In 2007 Jesse Cameron Alick took over the mantel of STC in New York while Zachary Mannheimer went out on the road to explore the American theater landscape, eventually founding a new branch of the company in Iowa called the Des Moines Social Club. Whether through our readings, productions of both new and established plays, or through the work that comes out of our CoLab wing or our original movie production wing, STC-Films, we focus on producing art that challenges and entertains while inspiring creativity and social responsibility.


The Management
The Management creates a haven for a community of artists and patrons to experience relevant, moving, unpretentious, aesthetically and financially accessible theater. We are known for our dark whimsy and critical exposés on American culture, while building rock-solid, visceral entertainment. Welcome to the building.

No Tea Productions
No Tea Productions exists as an outlet for creative expression, especially through original works, and to bring new voices to the independent theatre community. With each show we strive to be funny and entertaining, but also to always present a larger truth.

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Dysfunctional Theater Company
Recent productions include: Arsenic & Old Lace, The Dysfunctional Guide to Home Perfection Marital Bliss & Passionate Hot Romance (winner of the FRIGID 2009 Audience Choice & Sold Out Show Awards), Brew of the Dead (by Patrick Storck) Chosen (written & directed by Rick Vorndran; winner of the 2008 FRIGID New York Festival ‘Sold Out Show’ Award), The 8: Reindeer Monologues (by Jeff Goode), and Hoover: A Love Story (by Paul Wells). Founded in 1997 Dysfunctional is dedicated to challenging the status quo without taking itself too seriously.

Rising Sun Performance Company
Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Rising Sun Performance Company’s (RSP) mission is to advance the vitality and diversity of American theater by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships, and contributing new works and revitalized pre-existing work to the national canon. Rising Sun Performance Company realizes this goal by providing a safe artistic home which stimulates risk-taking without limits of genre or agenda.

Horse Trade Theater Group is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.