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, March 26h at 7pm 

$5 Suggested Donation

Four Sisters by JAMES CLEMENTS

Four Sisters explores the captivity and ultimate execution of the Romanov daughters after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Comprised of personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select line’s from Anton Chekov’s "​Three Sisters,"​Biblical passages, and imagined language, the play examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race, to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women’s story, more relevant now than ever. Only the sisters themselves appear onstage - the show is an aggressive attempt to re-claim their history through text, movement and voice. The play received a developmental reading at the Sheen Centre in December 2016, before a workshop production in March 2017 at the American Theatre of Actors.



Rosie DeSantis - Olga

Lindsay Wolff - Tatiana

Melannie Vasquez - Maria

Lucy Livingston - Anastasia

JAMES CLEMENTS (Playwright) is an interdisciplinary theatre maker and actor based between New York and Scotland. His techniques merge voice, movement and text to create socio-cultural dialogues on stage and between creatives. Clements has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kate Whoriskey, and the Talking Band, and has appeared at venues including La MaMa, IRT, and WOW Café Theatre. Clements has been on the creative team for projects at Lincoln Center LCT3, the Public Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors, and his original plays have been performed in cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He is an affiliated instructor for Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? a new theatre company with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories. In 2015, Clements received a grant from Donn Russell of the Peg Sandvoort Foundation for the development of new work. 



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