Working Man's Clothes

Working Man's Clothes

Working Man's Clothes Productions is a New York City theater company and a resident company of The American Place Theatre that has won a number of awards including IT-Awards . Founded in January 2005, the company name comes from the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Common sense is genius dressed in working man's clothes." [ [ Working Man's Clothes Productions ] ]

Mission Statement

The company's mission statement is as follows:

Working Man’s Clothes Productions is a pan-stylistic theater company dedicated to producing excellent, top shelf theater and developing new works and new talent in order to build a community of artists, working, evolving, and making things happen.


Working Man's Clothes "is about putting our nose to the grindstone and producing quality theatre." They believe in combining the theatre arts with the spirit of American entrepreneurship. They try to focus their creative energy on new talent. They do not ascribe to a particular political or social agenda, and instead try to create opportunities for new playwrights, directors, designers, and actors to produce quality theatre. They believe that "theatre can and will survive by combining community support, building reciprocal working relationships with other artists, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and determination." [ [ Working Man's Clothes Productions ] ]

The Company

* Bekah Brunstetter, Director of Development
* Isaac Byrne, Artistic Director
* David Carr-Berry, Founding Member
* Jared Culverhouse, Executive Director
* Amanda "Maggie" Hamilton, Managing Director
* Cole Wimpee, Director of Communications
* Will Neuman and Amy Schulz, Development Assistants
* Michael Mason, Paul Fears, Colin Fisher, Anne Dyas, Gregory Porter Miller, Natalie Barback, Bobby Moreno, Katryn Kinser, Ellen David, Julian James Mohamed, Darcie Champagne, Adam Belvo, Erin McCarson, Lauren Schneider, Paul John DeSena, Brandon Koebernick, Jennifer Slack-Eaton, William Meny, Casey Wimpee, Julie Rossman, Cara Ayn Napolitano, Jake Platt, Steve Tucker, Maegan Kidd, Kat Stevens, Felicia Forte

Previous Productions

* Pulling Teeth by Brandon Koebernick
* To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle Play by Bekah Brunstetter
* Men Eat Mars Bars While Touching Their Penis by Jennifer Slack Eaton
* Many Worlds by William Borden
* Penetrator by Anthony Neilson
* I Used To Write On Walls by Bekah Brunstetter

Past Festival Productions

*More For Your Money '05: "Intercourse" by Brandon Koebernick and: "The Marvelous Misadventures of William Zzylk" by Paul John DeSena

*June Rep: "Green" by Bekah Brunstetter and"Playoff Picture" by Paul John DeSena

*More For Your Money '06:: "Boop" by Paul John DeSena: "Hill" by Amy Schulz: "Arms" by Bekah Brunstetter: "Oceanside Parkway" by Eric Sanders

*The 1st Annual New York City Binge Festival: "Tremble" by Dan Basila,: "Happy Birthday / I'm Dead" by Bekah Brunstetter,: "Azucar" by Jon Key,: "Restaurants at Beautiful Times" by Dave McGinnis,: "Oblivia" by Eric Sanders,: "Bloody Elephants" by Casey Wimpee

*fuckplays: "The Impotence of Being Ernest" by Joshua Hill,: "Marriage Play" by Bekah Brunstetter,: "Arms and the Octopus" by Casey Wimpee,: "Wood" by Justin Cooper,: "Sharpen My Dick" by Greg Romero,: "Candy Room" by William Charles Meny,: "The Saddest Thing in the History of the World" by Kyle Jarrow,: "1.1-1.7" by Eric Sanders

*The 2nd Annual New York City Binge Festival: "Charlie Amsterdam's Wine Tasting Kick-Off",: "My Shoes Are In Secaucus" by Jennie Eng,: "Carla Rhodes and Cecil",: "Empty" by Kyle Jarrow,: "V-Low's Meat Market vs. Nico & the Astronaut",: "Wanting It" by Libby Emmons,: "Stumblebum Brass Band",: "Hot Damn" by Casey Wimpee,: "Cudzoo",: "Not So Bad Once You Get Used To It" by Paul John DeSena,: "Greg Walloch",: "Clay McLeod Chapman",: "Lords of Chaos" by Eric Sanders,: "Lil Miss Lixx" burlesque,: "Scarlet O'Gasm" burlesque

*New York Is Dead

5 Boroughs on Fire - the 48 hour urban play challenge-Featuring new short works by Matt Erlbach, Libby Emmons, Paul John DeSena, Jesse Alick, William Meny, and James Carmichael. Directed by Erick Herrscher, Zoe Moore, Alexander Poe, David Marcus, Jessica Fisch, and Alexandra Hogue. Featuring acting talents of Robert Funaro, Mason Walker, Jenny Gammello, Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw, Ross DeGraw, Karen Sours, Nick Thomas, Orion Taraban, Paulette Williams, Jeff Berg, Alana O'Brien, Rachel Dorfman, J.C. Vasquez, Dane Peterson, Sarah Ries!

The Wooster Wake - 2 night expo of performance art, music, theatre, dance, and art-Featuring Michael Alan of Draw-a-thon, Desiree Burch's 52 Card Pick up, Slam Poet Eboni, C Phineas the hip hop band, the photography of Jeffrey Weiss and Finbar foto, comedy from the O'Debra Twins, Shells from 'My Name is Shells', Katie Key from Queen of Hearts Productions dance, Tattoos from Terri, The New York Neofuturists, Brian Richardson - Mime from Pulse Ensemble, art from Molly and more!

Abandon All HopeIt Takes Strength to Laugh When You're Drowning - 2 nights of one acts from the cities best new writers..Justin Swain's I SAW A MURDER, SUBWAY MONOLOGUE, and FATHER FORGIVE MEdirected by Jake Whitlen and featuring Lauren Keating, Anne Dyas, and Frank Vinn.Casey Wimpee's KANSAS CITY BOOK OF THE DEAD directed by Matthew Hancock and featuring Michael Mason and Cole Wimpee. Bekah Brunstetter's HAPPY BIRTHDAY / I'M DEADdirected by Stephen Brackett featuring Erin McCarson and Ryan Serhant. And Eric Sander'sFAKE EMPIRE directed by Heath Cullens featuring Darcie Champagne and Jared Culverhouse.

Awards and Nominations

* 2007 New York Innovative Theatre AwardsNomination, Outstanding Original Short Script - Justin Cooper, "Wood" - fuckplaysNomination, Outstanding Original Short Script - Casey Wimpee, "Arms and the Octopus" - fuckplaysNomination, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role - Julian James Muhammed, fuckplays

* 2006 New York Innovative Theatre AwardsOutstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Original Full-length Script, Outstanding Production of a Play "To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle", Working Man's Clothes - David Carr-Berry, Jared Culverhouse, Ellen David, Paul Fears, Andaye' Hill, Julian James, Gregory Porter Miller & Brian Schlanger


The company is well known for its developmental series, which has workshopped staged readings of numerous plays including "Boom Vang" by Larry Pontius, "Breath" and "Grandma's Box", "The Life of Mary Berry", "Double Hernia" by Mark Charney, "Handicapping" by James McClindon, "37 Stones" by Mark Charney, "Night" by David Carr-Berry, "The Woodpecker" by Samuel Brett Williams, "The Authorities" by Andrew Rosendorf,"Heartless" by Eric Sanders, "She Likes Girls" by Chisa Hutchinson

In May 2007 the company launched it's "Lost Works Series" with the New York City premiere of Anthony Neilson's "Penetrator". []


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