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 as a way 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 on Monday, February 20th 7pm and Tuesday, February 21st 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation
by Frank J. Avella
This work-in-progress presentation is directed by Frank J. Avella
VATICAN FALLS is based on factual accounts & events and focuses on the life
of one Catholic sex abuse survivor who struggles with how those closest to
him could damage him the deepest. The play wonders what would happen if
survivors banded together to seek retribution from the Vatican for the
decades of abuse that has gone on (and still goes on).
Cameron August (Peter), John Ball (Riccardo), Carlotta Brentan (Claudia),
Gianmarco Colucci (Gianluca), Nevin Edmundson (Vi), Andrew Glaszek
(Monsignor), Yvette King (U.S. Government Representative), Alice Barrett
Mitchell (Teresa), Jake Robertson (Father David), Sawyer Spielberg (Charlie)
and Ian Whitt (Matt). Stage Directions will be read by Devon Talbott. The
four songs were composed by Claudio Procopio with lyrics by Frank J. Avella.
Frank J. Avella (Author/Director) is the recipient of a 2015 Fellowship
Award from the NJ State Council on the Arts as well as the 2016 Helene
Wurlitzer Residency Grant and Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Playwright Award
for his play CONSENT, which confronts bullying and homophobia. The play was
a 2012 semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was
chosen to participate in the 27th Annual Fullerton College Playwrights
Festival (Jan., 2017). Frank has written 19 full-length plays; 10 have been
produced. VATICAN FALLS will have its World Premiere in February of 2018 in
Malta. Other works include: LURED (2016 Dream Up Festival—sold out run),
about the Russian persecution of gays, FOR MAMMA, MICHAEL’S #1 FAN (2000 OOB
run) and ORVILLE STATION, which has been published in the UK by Lazy Bee
Scripts. Upon reviewing Frank’s farce IRIS, in 2005, the Cincinnati Post
wrote: “Avella’s plays tend to send earthquakes through his audience's
comfort zones.” He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
FUTURE Scratch and New City, New Blood: 2016/2017 Scratch Night at TNC and New City, New Blood Reading Series development season began in November 2016. The selection process is ongoing.
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