created and produced by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski


Performers: Michael Barringer, Hunter Canning, Jonathan Gordon, Eben Hoffer, Patrick Scheid, Nick Smerkanich, Hugh Trimble, Merlin Whitehawk

Producing Director: Reed Whitney

Associate Director: Lauren Swan-Potras | Sound Design: Eben Hoffer and John Kurzynowski | Lighting Design: Jonathan Cottle | Production Design: Aaron Ethan Green | Stage Manager: Sarah Lurie | Press Rep: Off Off PR / Paul Siebold


In the early years of the American drama, the forefathers of kitchen-sink realism were seeking to create a new form of storytelling in which characters and plot lines could be plucked from the everyday humdrum of American life. Tired of the melodramatic flare, these artists were working together to rebel against the status quo by experimenting with the unknown and reveling in the process of development and discovery. More than half a century later, eight "salesmen" are tasked with creating their own unique form of theatrical storytelling by examining their forefathers' greatest works and challenging their methods. By looking to the past, they stumble forward into a new reality - a patchwork of style, drama, realism and what lies beyond - rebelling against the rules of "playwriting" as they've come to define them.

photos by Suzi Sadler / video by Michael Barringer


John Kurzynowski’s ‘Salesmen’ is a modern experimental form simultaneously honoring its forefathers and breaking their rules at every turn. What results is a fresh, bold production from a voice that clearly has much to say. The young Theater Reconstruction Ensemble is one to watch.
— Show Business Weekly
‘Salesmen’ is an experimental wonderland. The performers are fearless in their explorations of the theatre space and even time itself. If you like work that challenges the boundaries of theatre and explores historical influences on contemporary theatrical attitudes then ‘Salesmen’ is for you.
— Theatre Is Easy