In present-day Appalachian Georgia, an English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant when scandal swirls and old heroes are questioned. What does it mean to inherit centuries of trauma and come of age in a world that has always prioritized a man’s reputation above a woman’s experience? The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-#MeToo examination of power, literature, and sex education. Plus there’s Lorde.
In a rundown house of a California suburb, a group of loser twenty-something roommates find their slacker existence threatened. One of the friends invites a girl he met online to move in, igniting tensions and digging up the home’s past familial trauma.
The reading was presented by Ashley Garrett and directed by Mr. Avella & Carlotta Brentan. The cast featured Carlotta Brentan, Marc Lombardo, Alice Barrett Mitchell, Jake Robertson, John DiMino, Gianmarco Colucci, Lucas Anderson, Bill Schineller, Tucker Aust and Sam Centrella.
"Vatican Falls," Frank J. Avella's epic play set against the backdrop of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, was read on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7PM at Alchemical Studios, 104 W 14th St., (between 6th & 7th Avenues), NYC.
"Vatican Falls" is based on factual accounts and events and follows the life of one abuse survivor who struggles with how those closest to him could damage him the deepest. As the sex abuse scandal grows and more horrific details are released state by state, this story becomes more and more vital to the times we are living in. When will Time be Up for those who harm children?
The epic story centers on Riccardo, an Italian-American based in Rome, Italy, who is a member of SCAR (Survivors of Catholic Abuse Refuge), a group of survivors who initially band together to seek an apology from the Vatican but decide retribution is the only way to counter the Church's unrepentant complicity in the scandal.
Magnificent Hubba Hubba
Shelter X -Redux - Trapper
Part of The Shelter’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration “Shelter X”
Written by Meghan E. Jones
Director: Courtney Wetzel
March 27th, 2019
Gene Frankel Theatre
CAST: Nicole Kang, Alice Kremelberg, John Adams, John DiMino, Bree O’Connor, Kim Rios Lin, Leah N. Raymond
Women hear it all the time. “You’re overreacting.” “Why are you so emotional?” “She’s crazy.” While the diagnosis of “female hysteria” has shrunk from medical lexicons, the gendered myth continues as a pervasive meme in modern American culture. TRAPPER by Meghan E. Jones challenges the notion of “crazy” through the microcosm of Jillian Little. A two-week stay at a New York City mental hospital has provided Jillian a welcome escape from her job writing at the celebrity gossip website Trapper. While in the hospital, she develops a close friendship with her roommate, the troubled starlet Jackie Batiste—who checked into the hospital incognito. In the office of Trapper, it won’t be long before such prime tabloid fodder is sniffed out and Jillian will be faced with some painful choices: loyalty or career, substance or smear. Ultimately, she’ll be forced to choose between sanity and what passes for it in a world where pop scandals and cruel obsessions are the order of the day.