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An unassuming teacher jettisons a cushy job to manage Jill Stein's well-meaning
but flawed 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign. A provocative, intelligent, hilarious
TRUE account of how America lost its way and woke up in Trumplandia!
Dennis Trainor Jr. takes a pickaxe to the toxic myth of American Exceptionalism.

A World Première
directed by Broadway veteran, David Esbjornson
('The Shawshank Redemption').

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“Calm, and smart, offsetting its stridency with humor.”(NY Times for "American Autumn")

“Impresses where many documentaries disappoint” (Variety for "American Autumn")

“Cuts through the crap, tells the truth and can even make you laugh” (HuffPost Live for 'Acronym TV and The Resistance Report)

“A clever, infectious, caffeinated jolt” (NY Village Voice for Plug)

“An ambitious yawp of a play, surreal and boisterous and full of political choler.” (Time Out NY for I Coulda Been A Kennedy).


BiographiesDENNIS TRAINOR JR. (Writer & Performer) Dennis is a writer, actor, and multi-media storyteller. As an actor, he has extensive acting credits in Boston and New York, including Henry Wilcox in the regional premiere of Mathew Lopez's The Inheritance at Speakeasy Stage in Boston. Other stage roles roles: Let The Right One In; The Merchant of Venice; Straight White Men; In the Next Room; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; The Pain and the Itch; The Rainmaker; November; The Seagull; Waiting for Godot; The Winter’s Tale; Cellophane; The Black Hole; Loose Ends, Julius Caesar; Macbeth Macbeth; Plug
As a playwright, his previous plays include Plug and I Coulda Been A Kennedy 
As a filmmaker, his on-the-ground documentary on the Occupy movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc garnered critical acclaim.
He was the creator, host, and producer of two nationally syndicated T.V. programs: Acronym T.V. and The Resistance Report.
He was a founding co-Artistic Director of the New York-based Rude Mechanicals Theater Company. Dennis is on the Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty, where he teaches acting in the B.F.A program. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud Actors' Equity Association member.

BiographiesDAVID ESBJORNSON (Director) (He/Him) served as Artistic Director of NYC’s CSC (1992-97), Seattle Repertory Theatre 2005-8, producing and directing eleven seasons of new plays, classics and special events. David acted as Chair of the MGSA Theatre, where he created the current 3.5 program.
World Premieres: The Glass Menagerie (Shanghai), Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy (Broadway, London, Australia), Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Broadway) and the Play About the Baby, Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway) and Resurrection Blues, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, the first presentation of Perestroika and Homebody/Kabul (London), The Great Gatsby (Guthrie Inaugural Production), Christopher Hampton’s Appomattox, In the Blood” by Suzan-Lori Parks, Neil Simon’s Rose and Walsh, Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio, Moira Buffini’s Gabriel, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Tuesdays With Morrie, and The Confederacy of Dunces, Peter Parnell’s Trumpery, Molly Ivins: Red Hot Patriot and Erma Bombeck-At Wits End
Revivals include: Lady From Dubuque (NY Signature Inaugural Production) Death of a Salesman (The Gate, Dublin) Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing (Central Park), A Few Good Men (London), The Normal Heart (Public).Hamlet, (TFANA), Our Town” (George Street).
Awards include: OBIE’s for Outstanding Direction—“Hamlet” and “Therese Raquin”, What’s On Stage Award (London)–Driving Miss Daisy, Lucille Lortel Awards–Entertaining Mr. Sloane and Classic Stage Company Body of Work, Lady From Dubuque nomination Best Revival, Drama Desk nominations–Endgame, Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Lady From Dubuque, 2015 IRNE Award Best Director, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, nominations for All My Sons, Drama League nominations–The Entertainer and Play About the Baby, LA Critics Award–Equivocation, Cab Calloway nomination for The Normal Heart, Friends of NY Theatre Best DirectorThe Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Seven Bay Area Critics Awards–Angels in America, Seven CT Critics Awards–Dealers Choice, TCG Directing Fellowship, NYTW–New Director’s Project, Farmyard, Quinn Martin Honorary Chair-UCSD, Distinguished Alumni-Gustavus Adolphus College.

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