Genre: Drama
Written by Hayley Heaton; Directed by Katrin Hilbe

MANYTRACKS is pleased to announce the world premiere of THE MAN IN THE NEWSPAPER HAT by Hayley Heaton, directed by Katrin Hilbe. THE MAN IN THE NEWSPAPER HAT plays a three-week limited engagement at the 45th Street Theatre (345 W 45th St). Performances begin Thursday, March 5th and continue through Wednesday, April 1st. 

The Man in the Newspaper Hat is a fictionalized portrayal of what went into the creation of Elizabeth Bishop's poem, "Visits to St. Elizabeths." Bishop wrote this poem during her visits with the controversial poet, Ezra Pound who was remanded to St. Elizabeths in 1946 after having stood trial for treason where a special jury found him incompetent. Each scene is built upon aspects of Bishop's poem and follows both characters as they come together, "poet to poet”.


About the Company: ManyTracks Productions

Its mission is “Different Tracks to making Theatre”, and suggests not only a creative openness as far as the type or genre of work we are interested in – be it straight theater, musical theatre, solo performances, dance or a mix, but also pertains to our interest in exploring different ways on how theatre pieces are conceived.

When it comes to selecting material, ManyTracks has no political agenda, no beliefs other than the steadfast conviction, that it’s the questions that matter, not the answers. The world is a complex place, and for every position, there exists its polar opposite. Rather than taking sides, ManyTracks is interested in pursuing projects, which focus on presenting these conundrums that make our world.

Open:   03/05/09
Close:   04/01/09

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Thursday, March 5 at 8pm
Friday, March 6 at 8pm
Saturday, March 7 at 8pm
Wednesday, March 11 at 8pm
Thursday, March 12 at 8pm
Friday, March 13 at 8pm
Saturday, March 14 at 8pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2pm
Monday, March 23 at 8pm
Tuesday, March 24 at 8pm
Wednesday, March 25 at 8pm
Sunday, March 29 at 2pm
Monday, March 30 at 8pm
Tuesday, March 31 at 8pm
Wednesday, April 1 at 8pm

Theater:   45th Street Theater
Address:   354 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
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(Director) Katrin directs Opera, Operetta, Contemporary Musical Theatre and plays, both in Europe and in the US. She is the principal assistant director for the opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, and is currently directing three plays for the 8 Minute Madness Playwrights Festival, produced by Turtleshell Productions. Katrin is an alumni of the Directors Lab West of 2007, a member of the Jewish Theater of New York and of the WorkShop Theater Company. She holds a masters degree in Philosophy, Musicology and English/American Literature from the University of Berne (Switzerland) and is both a citizen of the USA and the Principality of Liechtenstein, where she grew up. Katrin is the founder and Artistic Director for ManyTracks, and is proud to be producing and directing their first production, The Man In The Newspaper Hat.

is a Producing Director of the WorkShop Theater Company in New York.  There, she has played Freida in The Bow-Wow Club by Levy Lee Simon and Eileen in Moonlight & Love Songs by Scott C. Sickles, and appeared in numerous one-acts and readings; she has done ensemble work in the Women’s Project & Productions Directors Forum, and  played Zatime in Racine’s Bajazet, in the original French (CUNY).  Born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, Anne is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and Mount Allison University (BA Honors in English) in Canada; she has also taken summer school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England and classes with Alfred Molina and Laura Esterman at HB Studio in New York.

Anne is also a writer and cartoonist.  Her full-length comedy Good Opinions (also directed by Katrin Hilbe) was part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York in 2005.


Hayley Heaton is a poet transitionally living in Salt Lake City after spending the last four years of her life living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Utah, Heaton was educated at the University of Utah, as well as Cambridge University where she spent a brief stint studying the plays of William Shakespeare and the poems of John Donne. She received her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from The New School in 2007. Her chapbook, hubbub, was published in 2004 and her poems can be found in the online archives of “La Petite Zine” and “Sub-Lit” and are forthcoming in the Boog City Reader in 2009. She has also published an educational book for children with the Princeton Review. Heaton has always been interested in writing for the stage and is attracted to work that blurs the lines between poem, play, and/or art.  Her work is devoted to exhibiting different ways to read a painting, hearing a poem in a piece of drama, or writing poems in dialog form.  She finds the rigid definitions of what a poem should be, what a play should be, or what a piece of art should be limiting and seeks to redefine and erase those lines.  Her most recent endeavor, The Man in the Newspaper Hat, takes its subject from a poem by Elizabeth Bishop,"Visits to St. Elizabeths," and explores what goes into the making of a poem through imagined dialogs between Ezra Pound and Elizabeth Bishop.  Heaton is currently working on two new plays, both based on poems, and a collection of ekphrastic poetry.