Berlin Cowboys

HExTC—IATI Theater Co-Pro: Post WWII CIA exploits in Berlin…What could go wrong?

Written by Willard Manus

Directed by Renoly Santiago


  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:30pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater: 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003


Berlin Cowboys is an historical drama that deals with the audacious and controversial exploits of the CIA in post-WW II Berlin. The play is set in 1953 at the height of the Cold War when Berlin was divided into four zones--American, Russian, French and British. The CIA station attempted to dig a half-mile-long tunnel under the US/USSR demarcation line and tap into the KGB's communication lines with Moscow, knowing full well that if the KGB detected it, it might trigger and angry and explosive military response.

About the Playwright:

Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A., most recently Bird Lives! Bridge, Just a Song at Twilight and Maxwell Street. He is also a journalist and novelist whose best known work is Mott the Hoople, the novel from which the 70s British rock band took its name. Another new play of his, Frank And Ava, just won a Best Play Award at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The play, which deals with the tempestuous relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, has been extended until the end of September. He’s a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit in Los Angeles.

About the Director:

Renoly Santiago is delighted to be directing 'Berlin Cowboys' by Willard Manus as part of the HExTC and IATI Theater's “Where Theater Starts…” Reading Series. His directing credits include the stage reading of the musical 'Healing the Rainbow' starring Lauryn Hill. Renoly is known to audiences worldwide for his memorable performances starring with Hollywood's most respected actors in four number one films; Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pfeiffer, Hackers alongside Angelina Jolie, Daylight with Slvester Stallone and Conair with Nic Cage & John Malkovich. He has appeared in numerous TV shows, Off-Broadway & experimental theater, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his Broadway debut in the musical The Capeman.


J.W. Cortes
Victor Cruz
Mathilde Dehaye
Danny Doherty
A.B. Lugo
Jorge Luna
James Martinez
Susan Rybin
Ed Trucco

Access to the Reading:

Admission is FREE. No reservation is required. Donate $5 and get a glass of “vino.”