Scratch Night at TNC: At the Barre

By Steven Meeker Jr. (Book/Lyrics), Sarah Flaim (Music)
Directed by Allison Acuff
May 21 – May 21
7:00 PM

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, May 21st at 7pm 

$5 Suggested Donation

At the Barre by Steven Meeker Jr. (Book/Lyrics), Sarah Flaim (Music)

This presentation is directed by Allison Acuff

 At the Barre is a musical in two acts that combines musical theater with mime, ballet, stage combat, clown, contemporary dance, and indie pop music. Catherine, a talented principal dancer at ABT with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and Shawn, a non-binary, overweight mime with self-esteem issues, are thrust into each other’s lives after an insane audition. Navigating the format of a Golden Age love story, At the Barre focuses on how one finds their beauty, finds peace within themselves, and finds a genuine connection in a cluttered and overly talkative world.


Amina Teis, Ben Folts, Caylie Rose Newcom, Emi Lirman, Emily Michelle Walton, EmJ Nelson, Evan Moore-Coll, Jasen Miyamoto, Jennifer Pernia, Joyah Love Spangler, Madison Eberhardt, Maggie Snyder, Morgana Mauney, Natalie Szczerba, Olivia Kasten, and Sally Clark



Steven Meeker Jr. (Book/Lyrics) is a writer, mime, and non-binary theatermaker. They are a Resident Artist with the Access Theater in New York City and a Resident Artist with the Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, CT, developing a new mime musical entitled At the Barre. They had an Independent Writing Residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in February 2018. Their work from Periastron has been seen at New Light Theater Project Darkroom 13 at the Access Theater, Theatre at St. Clements, Kraine Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, and Otterbein University. Their mime/text hybrid piece, Very Strong Liking, has been seen at Otterbein and Workshop Theaters in NYC. Steven’s play, Not the Truth We Seekwas selected for Distinction by and premiered at Otterbein University. Steven is a mime of eleven years, trained by Rick Wamer, Lorie Heald, and Stephen Chipps. Steven is a proud graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program with a minor in Dance at Otterbein University (2017) and Theatermakers program at the National Theater Institute (2015). Steven is a National Theater Institute Apprentice at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for 2017-2018.


Sarah Flaim (Music) is an actor, vocalist, and composer. She will graduate with her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts in May 2018 and plans on moving to New York to continue her journey as a theatre maker. Sarah’s most recent performance credits include the 2017 Philadelphia productions of Folk Wandering and A Chorus Line. Currently, she is the composer of Retrograde, a new musical with book and lyrics by Sav Souza, premiering March 2018 in The Polyphone Festival under the artistic direction of César Alvarez. Sarah has worked in both LA and NYC, recording background vocals, developing new musicals, and loving creating new work of all kinds!


Allison Acuff (Director) is a director and teaching artist whose passions include devising with an ensemble, reclaiming the literary canon, and boldy dismantling the patriarchy, one rehearsal at a time. Since 2003, beginning with highly imaginative, annual Thanksgiving skits wherein family members played turkeys, Allison loves to challenge and astonish her audiences. With a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Theatre/Cinema Performance from Asbury University, Allison loves the way that text and literary elements inform new and classic pieces alike. Her recent work ranges from classics likeThe Glass Menagerie to adaptations of Antigone and Measure for Measure to groundbreaking new musicals and plays by upcoming new theatre artists. As a queer artist and person of faith, she enjoys exploring the intersections and seeming contradictions that make up our humanity. In 2017, Allison was a KCACTF SDC Region Four Finalist in directing and went on to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, Advanced Directing at the National Theater Institute and now, she is the Development Apprentice at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Photos of her work may be found at