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 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 Monday, January 27th at 7:00pm
JUAN AND EMMETT
By Alan Baxter
This reading presentation is directed by Katie Braden
Juan Ortega is a New York City male stripper and hustler who works in a small Gay bar in the upper East-side of Manhattan. He is straight, lives in a Bronx ghetto, and is involved with his girl friend Anissa. Anissa knows what Juan does but is comfortable with his hustling activities as long as he does not get involved with his one-night male clients. Juan has also been involved with serious illegal drug activity, but he decided to leave it and go into stripping instead in order to earn fast money. His room-mate, Eduardo, is still a drug dealer, and he tells Juan that Ariel, the drug king pin of the Bronx, is very upset that Juan will not come back to work for him.
Emmett Watson is a very upper middle-class, overworked upscale corporate lawyer, very even tempered, almost the nerd type, but a responsible husband/father. He lives in a very luxurious apartment building but is left alone a lot of the time by a traveling wife (professional writer) and a playboy son in his senior year at Yale. Emmett’s loneliness causes him to seek out a sexual companion at the bar where Juan performs. Obviously Juan and Emmett decide on a paid one-night sexual engagement.
Reluctantly, Juan starts to get more sexually involved with Emmett. Both men from totally different ethnicities and from totally different cultural backgrounds find that when they are in bed, stripped of their everyday clothes, they can then share their true feelings and repressed aspirations that they could not expose in their day-to-day existence. Yet Juan’s drug past and Emmett’s personal family problems cause a breach in their relationship. A very suspenseful, dramatic ending of the play’s story forces both men to acknowledge certain repressed emotions that neither thought they had within them.
BIO OF WRITER
Alan Baxter did summer stock at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island, and in New York City he both acted in and directed productions at The 13th Street Theater, Omni Theater Club, and the Kairos Theater. A number of years ago he directed a reading of the play Deep in the Heart at the NYC Players Club. Presently he is also assisting Robert Lubell in the revival of the small musical Merry-Go-Round, (now known as All for Love) which in 1976 won the Florida Critics Award on its national pre-Broadway tour.
Mr. Baxter is also the founder of AB Film Productions, which has mounted many low-budget independent films. One of the films, Barriers, he personally directed and is now available on Netfliks. It won first prize at the International Independent Film Festival in Huntington, Long Island. Alan is also an author, whose first book of poetry Shall We Have Magic? is now available in most bookstores. Once a month Mr. Baxter also hosts a venue in Greenwich Village called Kairos Poetry Café, while continuing to teach Drama and Literature both at Technical Career Institutes and at Ramapo College in New Jersey.
Alan is both excited and highly appreciative that his play Juan and Emmett is being read at the legendary Theater for the New City. The cast of actors for the reading will come from the very newly formed Ivy Theater ensemble.
BIO OF DIRECTOR
Katie Braden has worked with dozens of NYC companies and is an Artistic Associate at WorkShop Theater where she acts, directs and produces. She is a founding member of Ivy Theatre Company (www.ivytheatre.com), which produced three shows in which she also starred in 2013: Black Ice in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Like Poetry in FringeNYC, and Mill Firewith the Estrogenius Festival. Directing credits include plays by award-winning playwrights Scott Sickles, Rich Orloff, Glenn Alterman and Robert Strozier.
Acting credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Romeo& Juliet (Friar Lawrence) and The Tempest (Ariel) with The Secret Theatre, as well as new plays with The Chain, Wreckio Ensemble, RepAlliance, Festival of Fools, Genesis Engine and the Gallery Players. www.katiebraden.com.
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For submission information: http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/submissions.htm and materials should be sent attn: Michael Scott-Price, Literary Manager of Theater for the New City.