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 most cool 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 Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30pm

Holy Intervention

$5 Suggested Donation

This work-in-progress presentation is directed by Shashone Lambert

A supposedly normal night takes an unexpected turn when a man receives a holy intervention from a very unlikely source...his prostitute.

Playright/Director: Shashone Lambert

Shashone Lambert is an American actor. She was born and raised in Staten Island, New York has studied with the best at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Susan Batson Studios, and Alan Gordon Studios. She has been steadily working on both stage and screen projects, most known for her thrilling performance as Jaliyah in the hit series Investments.

Not one to complain about the lack of work, Shashone began writing. She has already written and directed three films and her plays have been accepted into numerous theater festivals around the US. She prides herself on bringing excellence to any project she’s fortunate to be a part of. Shashone’s motto: “Loving Jesus, life, and every opportunity”.

Scratch Night at TNC will continue on Saturday, September 5th at 5:00pm


$5 Suggested Donation

This work-in-progress presentation is wriiten by Abigail Taylor-Sansom, and directed by Megan Jeannette Smith

The friendship of two teachers at a prestigious New York City prep school is tested when it is discovered that one of them is romantically involved with a star pupil.


Ellen Bryan

Nicole Fazia

Maya Rosewood

Louis Sallan

Mark Weatherup, Jr.

Playright: Abigail Taylor-Sansom

Abigail is a New York City actor and playwright, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her writing has been presented by companies throughout the U.S. and Canada, including: Flush Ink, Planet Connections, The PlayGround Theatre, OnStage Atlanta, City Theatre of Independence, Altruistic Theatre Company, MITF Short Play Lab, HB Studio, The Players Guild, Theatron, Georgetown Theatre Company, Take Ten Festival, Grex Group, Tiger Lily Theatre, and Co-Op Theatre East. She is published by Heuer. B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill. Diploma, UNCSA. Member, Dramatists Guild, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Actors' Equity, and SAG/AFTRA.

Director: Megan Jeannette Smith

Megan Smith is thrilled to collaborate with Abigail again! Megan is an actor/director living in Brooklyn, NY. She studies acting at the Tom Todoroff Studios and graduated with a degree in theatre directing from Columbia College in Chicago. Recent directing projects include: Moving Home or Fireworks, a self-produced short film and music video, Ghost on a Stick, an original one man show written and performed by Jara Jones, and Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, a play and short film by Abigail Taylor-Sansom. Recent acting credits include a one-woman performance art piece called Das Wieners! and background work on an HBO pilot, Codes of Conduct, directed by Steve McQueen.

Scratch Night at TNC will continue on Sunday, September 6th at 2:00pm

Waiting for What?

$5 Suggested Donation

This work-in-progress presentation is directed by Johanna Duk

What are you waiting for? Come and see Waiting for What?, a short play about a little girl with a huge can of popcorn in the waiting room between life and death.

Playright/Director: Johanna Duk

Johanna Duk is a Dutch actress, studying Acting, Creative Writing and Journalism at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. When she was fifteen, Johanna played the lead role in a Dutch television series called Snuf de Hond. Johanna has had method acting training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She writes poems for the Dutch Marie Claire magazine, and together with Lily she has created a video-series for Marie Claire called Minute with a Model. In the fall of 2014, Johanna played a supporting role in the Dutch feature film Public Works, which will come out in theaters in the fall of 2015. This summer, Johanna wrote, directed and starred in her short film Heavy Feathers, which is currently in post-production.

Actress: Lily van Leeuwen

Lily van Leeuwen moved to New York when she was 20 to study Film and Television Production at the Tisch School of the Arts. She mainly focuses on writing, directing, producing and sound design. Lily has produced various films at New York University, and her own film In Loving Memory of Uncle Harold was selected as a finalist at the New Visions and Voices Intermediate Festival 2014, where she won the Acting Ensemble Craft Award. The film was also selected for the short film program En Plein Public, as part of the Rotterdam Plein Cinema Festival 2015. Lily is currently in post-production for her thesis film Nica, based on the life of Jazz Baronness Nica de Koenigswarter and her adventures in the New York jazz scene of the 1960s.

Scratch Night at TNC will continue on Friday, September 11th at 6:30pm

Against Human Nature

$5 Suggested Donation

This work-in-progress presentation is written by Cornelius Fortune and directed by DeVante Lewis

It’s moments before the fall of man. Three angels, Monogamy, Indivisible, and Legna are contemplating a Garden of Eden without humankind. But the question remains: Now that Adam and Eve have been evicted from the Garden what happens to it next? Should the Garden be destroyed or relocated somewhere? The Book of Genesis doesn’t tell us. This is the story of what happened to Paradise.

Playright: Cornelius Fortune

Cornelius Fortune is a Detroit-based freelance journalist and editor. His work has appeared in the Detroit Metro Times, Yahoo News, iPhone Life Magazine, WD’s Ventito, Cinema Blend and others. His play, “Dislocations,” was selected for performance during the Thespis Festival in New York (2014) and was a finalist for the DUFT (Downtown Urban Theater Festival). He’s written content for a Fortune 500 company, ghostblogged for a circus performer, won an award for enterprise reporting, and rebranded a popular emagazine. When he’s not busy chasing down arts, culture, and community stories, he writes 10-minute plays, comics, and science fiction poetry. And, maybe, just maybe, he’ll get around to a full-length play. Follow him on Twitter@Arlingtonscribe. Inquiries may be sent to

Director: DeVante Lewis

Trained in various vocal, acting, and dance techniques since childhood, DeVante Lewis has played a variety of different characters in many Off-Broadway plays as well as various community productions, performances, and music videos. He gained major media attention while working with the internationally known pseudonym artist & film director, Banksy. He then began work with the nationally acclaimed, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival as their coordinator. He also assisted in the launch of the New York International Urban Film Fest late Spring 2015. With a passion for fine arts and his motto "art for the people, not the masses," DeVante has always immersed himself in theatre, music, and culture. Lewis looks forward to working the major stages, sharing truth and inspiring all like him, to do any and all that one can dream of when they put the mind and work in it. He is very excited to work on this project, as director, and bringing this imperative work to the people.

Scratch Night at TNC will continue on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00pm

Unbearable Hotness

$5 Suggested Donation

This work-in-progress presentation is written by Gabriel Davis and directed by William Steinberger

Unbearable Hotness by Gabriel Davis puts an LGBT spin on frat culture. Andrew has thrown a house party in hopes that the unbearably hot Marisa will attend. Once he learns she is somewhere in his home, it's game on as he plans his conquest. Matters get complicated for Andrew when Chuck arrives bent on the same goal, followed by Jill who reveals her boyfriend is pursuing Marisa and Marisa is pursuing her. Beatrice (aka "Benny") watches on amused as his peers become more and more frenzied over the unbearably hot object of their affections. When Marisa finally enters, passions run high and Chuck is almost killed! In the end, true love is sparked for some and dreams are dashed for others.

Playright: Gabriel Davis

Gabriel Davis holds his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. A two ­time recipient of the Shubert Fellowship for Studies in Dramatic Writing, his playwriting has been featured at venues including Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Piney Fork Theatre, Manhattan Arts Center, Forward Theatre, Court Street Theater. He has taught playwriting for Westport Country Playhouse Playmaking and Joanne Woodward Apprentice Programs and for City Theatre Company. His theatre criticism is published in Westport Country Playhouse's "Insiders Insight," City Theatre Company's "City Talk," Indiana Printing and Publishing Co's "PULP." His audition monologues are featured in Gerald Ratliff's "Audition Monologues for Young Women" (Meriwether Publishing), the NBC­sponsored "Star Project" (American Black Film Festival) and in the forthcoming 2016 edition of "One on One: Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15" (Applause Theatre& Cinema Books). His screenplay "Between Beats" was a finalist for the Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award and semi­finalist NY Writers Summit. More at

Director: William Steinberger

William Steinberger is Artistic Director of InVersion Theatre. InVersion credits: Dutchman; a site-specific contemporary version of Miss Julie; Shepard/Beckett, an evening of intertwined plays by these authors; Caryl Churchill’s Owners; Mirroring Sky, an original app-play; and In the Woods We Return(FringeNYC). Freelance productions include Proof at Neumann University, The Currency at Mid-City Productions, Marbles and Fifty Days at Iliam at FringeArts and Cold at Quince Productions. He has developed new work with the Drama League, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Wilma Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, Passage Theatre and several universities. He has assistant directed for David Auburn, Blanka Zizka, Robert O’Hara and Richard Hamburger. For several years, he worked on the artistic staff of the Wilma Theater, where he dramaturged Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class and Leslye Headland’s Assistance. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. More at

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