New York Premiere
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Laurie Woolery
A gripping journey from the fur trade of the 1600s to the stock trade of today, Mary Kathryn Nagle's MANAHATTA tells the story of Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native woman with a Stanford MBA. Jane reconnects with her ancestral Lenape homeland, known as Manahatta, when she moves from Oklahoma to New York for a banking job just before the 2008 financial meltdown. Jane’s struggle to reconcile her new life with the expectations and traditions of her family and Nation are powerfully interwoven with the heartbreaking history of the Delaware Nation's expulsion from their land. Both old and new Manahatta converge in a lesson about the dangers of living in a society where there’s no such thing as enough.
A stunning play about self-discovery, MANAHATTA was written as part of The Public’s prestigious Emerging Writers Group. Obie Award winner and The Public’s Director of Public Works, Laurie Woolery, directs.
World premiere produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Artistic Director Bill Rauch
Executive Director Cynthia Rider
THU 11/16 7:30 PM Joseph Papp Free Performance
FRI 11/17 7:30 PM Post Show Conversation
SAT 11/18 7:30 PM
SUN 11/19 1:30 PM
SUN 11/19 7:30 PM
TUE 11/21 7:30 PM
WED 11/22 1:30 PM
FRI 11/24 7:30 PM
SAT 11/25 1:30 PM
SAT 11/25 7:30 PM
SUN 11/26 1:30 PM
SUN 11/26 7:30 PM
TUE 11/28 7:00 PM Partner Reception. Please check your available benefits. RSVP to Partners Desk.
WED 11/29 7:30 PM Post Show Conversation
THU 11/30 8:00 PM Partner Dinner. Please check your available benefits. RSVP to Partners Desk.
FRI 12/01 7:30 PM
SAT 12/02 1:30 PM
SAT 12/02 7:30 PM
SUN 12/03 1:30 PM
SUN 12/03 7:30 PM
TUE 12/05 7:30 PM Opening Night
WED 12/06 7:30 PM
THU 12/07 7:30 PM Post Show Conversation
FRI 12/08 7:30 PM
SAT 12/09 1:30 PM Community Performance - The Public invites anyone in the BIPOC community to attend this performance in community. Use code PTCP23 to unlock this performance.
SAT 12/09 7:30 PM
SUN 12/10 1:30 PM Open Caption
SUN 12/10 7:30 PM
TUE 12/12 7:30 PM Mask Required
WED 12/13 7:30 PM
THU 12/14 7:30 PM Post Show Conversation
FRI 12/15 7:30 PM American Sign Language (ASL)
SAT 12/16 1:30 PM Audio Described
SAT 12/16 7:30 PM
SUN 12/17 1:30 PM
SUN 12/17 7:30 PM
TUE 12/19 7:30 PM
WED 12/20 7:30 PM
THU 12/21 7:30 PM
FRI 12/22 1:30 PM
FRI 12/22 7:30 PM
SAT 12/23 1:30 PM
Tickets are $60*
Side seats are $40, no fees
Public Supporter and Partner tickets are $45
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- Open Caption performance Sunday, December 10, 1:30PM
- Mask Required performance Tuesday, December 12, 7:30PM
- American Sign Language performance Friday, December 15, 7:30PM
- Audio Description performance Saturday, December 16, 1:30PM
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The use of a face mask is strongly encouraged at all performances. For complete health and safety protocols, visit Health & Safety, Next Steps.
Join us for the mask required performance on Tuesday, Dec 12.
Friday, November 17, at 7:30PM - Conversation with Brooklyn Public Library
Join us for a post show conversation with Joe Baker (Lenape Center), Hadrien Coumans (Lenape Center), Cora Fisher (Brooklyn Public Library), and Joel Whitney (Brooklyn Public Library) to explore the intersection between Manahatta playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle's research process and the creation of A Lenapehoking Anthology, published by the Lenape Center and the Brooklyn Public Library.
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30PM - Educators & Teachers Night
Join us at Educators & Teachers Night for a post show conversation focused on a K-12 Indigenous curriculum developed by Rachel Talbert (Columbia Teacher's College) and the Lenape Center. The panel will feature Joe Baker (Lenape Center), Gabriella Grinwald-Alves (Columbia University), Carolina Gomez (Columbia University), and Rachel Talbert (Columbia University). The curriculum will be available to all audience members at no charge.
Thursday, December 7, 7:30PM - A Conversation with Lenape Composer Brent Michael Davids
Join us for a post show conversation with Lenape Composer Brent Michael Davids and Hadrien Coumans (The Lenape Center). It will discuss Lenape Culture through the lens of artists.
Saturday, December 9, 1:30PM - Community Performance
The Public invites anyone in the BIPOC community to attend this performance in community. Use code PTCP23 to unlock this performance. Enjoy a selection of light snacks and beverages post-show as you connect and converse. Use code PTCP23 to unlock this performance.
Thursday, December 14, 7:30PM - From 1600s to Now: the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
A conversation with Hadrien Coumans, Jocelyn Getgen, and Caroline LaPorte to shed light on the ongoing violence towards Indigenous women and girls.
Content and Production Effect Warning
Production effects and content sensitivities vary from person to person, and we encourage you to contact us ([email protected] or 212.967.7555) if you have questions about any production. MANAHATTA includes depictions of historical trauma and violence committed against Native people in this country.
- Access the MANAHATTA Playbill.
If you need support to process the violence or historical trauma depicted in MANAHATTA, we encourage you to seek care using the sources listed in the Resource Guide. This guide also features resources to learn more about topics and themes covered in the show.
Read about the current exhibition KISHUX at The Public, curated by The Lenape Center. Taken by award-winning documentarian Devin Pickering, these nine images feature the striking Lenape corn mask pole from dusk to dawn.
Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i / Debra
Le-le-wa'-you / Jane
Jonas Michaelius / Michael
Peter Minuit / Dick
Se-ket-tu-may-qua / Luke
Understudy Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i / Debra, Le-le-wa'-you / Jane, Mother / Bobbie
Jakob / Joe
Mother / Bobbie
Understudy Jonas Michaelius / Michael, Jakob / Joe, Peter Minuit / Dick
Sound Design and Composition
Hair and Wig Design
Fight and Intimacy Direction
Production Stage Manager
The New York Times
Generous support for MANAHATTA is provided by the Ford Foundation.