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Phone: 9178488678
For grades: Grades 7-College
Requirements for live visit: Chair and table. Props are provided.
Fees for live visit: $300/performance, $30 travel fee for outside NYC


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David Malinsky's presentation was like the best of good historical fiction--well researched history presented in an entertaining form. He presented to our Middle School, and reached them. …He has whetted the appetites of the younger audience. Bravo!
--- Susan Leonard, Acadmic Dean, The Birch Wathen Lenox School

Playing at War is a 40-minute one-person play featuring real stories from American Revolutionary-Era New York with a unique perspective!  Students will learn how the epic story of America's Founding has multiple sides whose tales have yet to be told.  In the process, they will learn of the origins of New York's legendary Theatre culture.  The play's short length, simple production values and both educational and entertaining content makes it perfect for school classrooms and assemblies!

     The year is 1776. New York City is not the gleaming metropolis of today, but a large garrison-town under occupation by the British Army. She is wracked by war and fire. In this sad land, the British show a particular kindness by reopening the City’s old theatre, closed, like  playhouses all over the country, by act of the Continental Congress. The redcoats say their plays are for a charitable cause. But is there a more sinister purpose? And what role does General George Washington play of all this?

     Join William Dunlap, America's first chronicler of the theatre, who personally witnessed these events at the age of your students, in a dramatic performance of passion, drama, and patriotism.  Playing at War features all these, as well as Dunlap's own recollections and experiences, and even the voices of the British Occupiers themselves!

     Playing at War is the product of college-level academic research, and has been performed in Middlebury, Vermont at the historic French Chateau, in England at the University of York, and in New York at The Atlantic Theater, the Museum of the City of New York and the Birch Wathen Lenox School.  At each of these locations, audiences have marveled at the play's distinctive approach to this topic.  A Q&A session can follow explaining the history and creative process behind Playing at War.  Now your institution can join in the fun, excitement and historical drama of this great play!

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Playing at War is a dramatization of the Bachelors' History Thesis of David Malinsky.

David Malinsky is a writer, actor and MA graduate from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at The University of York, England.  He received his BA in Theatre and History from Middlebury College,.  His most recent credits include the 2010 and 2012 York Mystery Plays (John the Baptist), 1969: A Space Oddity (J. Edger Hoover et al.) at the NYC Thespis Festival. He is a member of The Actors Project NYC.  Full Resume available upon request.

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