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 Sunday, October 12 at 7:00pm

The Astonishing Adventures of

All American Girl & The Scarlet Skunk

One-night-only reading Sunday October 12th at 7pm. $5 Suggested Donation.

Turn up the radio and get your decoder rings ready! “Astonishing Adventures” is a pulse-pounding tale of romance, comedy and action inspired by 1940's comic books and radio dramas. Thrill to the adventures of All American Girl and her plucky sidekick The Scarlet Skunk as they wage a two-fisted battle against injustice!

Is post-war America ready for a “Lady Crime-fighter” and a cross-dressing vigilante? Will they find love on the rooftops of New York City? Find out in a tale unlike anything you have witnessed before!

Written & directed by Charles Battersby, staring real-life husband and wife team Liz Barkan and Charles Battersby as All American Girl & The Scarlet Skunk.

Featuring: Darius Copland, Ben Dawson, Ariana Fekett, James Miller, Len Rella, and Ariella Segal.

At Theater For The New City
155, 1st Avenue (Between 9th & 10 St)

Far from your average superhero tale” “A nuanced character study” - Emily Gawlak,

A super observation made powerful because it flows from the glossy red lips of a man who champions the right to present himself as a woman” Scott Stiffler, Chelsea Now

Editors’ Pick – The Brooklyn Paper

About Charles Battersby: Battersby is a playwright, actor and journalist who is also known for his plays That Cute Radioactive Couple, and sTopless Go-Go Girls at the Troll Hole.

Battersby will moderate a panel on transgender comic book characters at the New York Comic Con on Sunday October 12th at 12:15 at the Jacob Javits Center.

For more information email or visit

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 254-1109
Fax: (212) 979-6570


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