SCRATCH NIGHT AT TNC
Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. Theater for the New City was the first theater in America to do Scratch Night and the idea is now taking root most notably in other U.S. cities including Philadelphia and Seattle. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences.
Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their coolest thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.
Scratch Night at TNC will continue Monday, June 5th at 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation
Tumbleweed by M A R C U S S C O T T
This work-in-progress presentation is directed by Justin Schwartz
Following an interracial family living in a townhouse within the Morningside Park area of New York’s Upper West Side over the course of a weekend, TUMBLEWEED is a slice of life drama about a young girl named Willow whose off-putting natural hair combined with both her family’s open acceptance of it and lack of maintenance, as well as her blooming womanism, causes controversy in the household. Tensions stir even more so when they get a visit from the patriarch’s estranged no-nonsense mother, a former affiliate of the Black Panther party. The play explores beauty standards both in and out of the black community, ethnic relations, the mixed race family, coming of age, interracial marriage and parenting, relationships, womanist identity and the visibility of black men in the family dynamic.
MARCUS SCOTT is a journalist, reporter, playwright, musical theater writer, songwriter, dramaturge, sketch comic and blogger. His work has appeared in Elle, Essence, Uptown, Trace, Giant, Hello Beautiful, NewsOne, The Urban Daily, Madame Noire, Styleblazer, Clutch, Out, The Underwear Expert, Bleu, Krave and Artvoice, among others. His has also penned multiple interviews, columns and articles for Broadway Black, Playbill, Edge Media Group, New York Theatre Guide, Backstage, Passport’s “The Broadway Blog” and serves as a writing fellow for Ryan Scott Oliver’s Crazy Town Blog. Scott has appeared in interviews and features conducted by NPR, American Theatre, Broadway World and Very Good Light. Scott was the 2016-17 Musical Theatre Fellow at Playwrights Horizons.
His 20-minute musical “Vitruvian Man” was performed in a private ceremony in the Black Box Theater for the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch in 2012 and starred Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, Lysistrata Jones), Stephen Mitchell Brown (Jekyll & Hyde) and Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!). His thesis musical, Cherry Bomb also received a reading at NYU’s Tisch in 2013. Selections from that musical were from performed as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Inheritance” concert (sponsored by Student Leadership Program) at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre, and the Goodspeed Opera House in 2013. With Cherry Bomb, Scott became the recipient of the Drama League’s 2017 First Stage Artist In Residence. “Malaise,” his 10-minute play was performed as part of the 2015 Fresh Fruit Festival at the Nuyorican Poets Café in April 2015 and at the Wild Project during the 2015 Main-Stage Festival in July 2015, where it received the award for Time Out magazine’s “Critic's Pick.” It was also performed at the Midtown International Theater Festival and the Emerging Artist Theatre New Works Series at TADA! Theatre. In 2016, Scott was presented with the Pomegranate Seeds Award at the 2015 Fruitie Awards, in acknowledgement of "Outstanding Ensemble Effort" alongside five other winners for Best Short Plays. Scott also wrote an American family drama Tumbleweed; a finalist for the $45,000 I Am Soul Playwrights Residency, and received a workshop at the 2015-2016 Keep Soul Alive reading series under the National Black Theatre in Harlem. It also received a reading with The Bechdel Group’s Winter/Spring Reading Series in 2017. Tumbleweed was a finalist for the Playwrights Foundation's 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2017 Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays. The play was also a semi-finalist for the 2015-2016 Random Access Workshop Readings, the 2016 Premiere Stages Play Festival, the 2016 Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup, With Tumbleweed, Scott was also among the top 25 finalists for The Civilians' R&D Group in 2016. Scott is a graduate of Buffalo State University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications (Print Journalism) and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting), and is alum of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.