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A Bad Night

A complex portrait of inconceivable proportions

It was during a documentary theatre course at Hunter College in 2012, while both Amy Witting and Nicole Pandolfo were pursuing their MFAs, that Nicole had the idea to begin this project. Amy, a rape survivor, quickly jumped onboard and together they began this journey.

Years of interviewing, transcribing, and weaving together the often complicated narratives of people’s experiences around acquaintance rape and sexual assault resulted in A Bad Night.

NewYorkRep invites you to join us on International Women’s Day for a reading of this documentary play and accompanying public town hall to discuss how we can continue to search for solutions to the problem of sexual assault.

When I was a kid there wasn’t even a word for date rape… You just said you had ‘a bad night.’
-Emily Mann

Playwrights

NICOLE PANDOLFO’S NJPAC Stage Exchange commission play, Brick City, opens in July at Premiere Stages at Kean University. She was a 2017 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and her work has been developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as a Playwright Observer, at Tofte Lake as a Jerome Foundation Fellow, and at The Actors Studio, NJ Rep, and the Lark among others. She was a finalist for the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers. She is a member of The Actors Studio in the Playwright/Director Unit and received her MFA at Hunter College. www.nicolepandolfo.com

AMY E. WITTING’s plays include The House on the Hill (Atlantic Theater Inaugural LAUNCH Commission, NNPN National Showcase, Upcoming CATF World Premiere), The Midnight Ride of Sean & Lucy (Roundabout Underground Workshop featuring Elisabeth Moss & Bryce Pinkham, Semi-finalist 2017 O’Neil Playwrights Conference), & Day 392 (The Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Hunter Playwrights Week, Honorable Mention Kilroy’s List). She was the 2016/2017 Inaugural Artist-In-Residence at Abingdon Theatre Company under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale. During her time there she finished her most recent in-development plays Don’t Carry the World, and I Wasn’t Expecting You.

She has received a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, NEA Grant, and The Anne Freedman Grant. She also has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Weissberger Award, Stavis Award, and Theatre Visions Award. Her plays have been developed at The Lark Play Development Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Pipeline PlayLAB, Tofte Lake Center, Unicorn Theatre, NJ Rep, Roundabout Theatre Space Jam, National New Play Network, and The Kennedy Center. She is currently under commission from The Queens Council on the Arts for her upcoming project Levi’s Impressions. www.amywitting.com

Actors

CELESTINE RAE (DARIA) is a graduate of The William Esper Studio where she studied under Terry Knickerbocker. Her performing career began as a modern dancer in her hometown of Philadelphia where her training in various forms of dance grew into a passion for acting. Most recent theater credits include Manhood (National Black Theatre), The Minstrel Show (Classic Stage Company), Plenty of Time (The Billie Holiday Theatre), All American Girls (Actors Temple Theatre), and Diary of a Catholic School Dropout (Actors Temple Theatre) Regional: From the Author Of (Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware). Most recent TV credits include Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Mysteries of Laura(NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC), Eye Candy (MTV), Forever (ABC).

ANNIKA BORAS (JANE) most recently was seen on stage in Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraskadirected by David Cromer (2nd Stage). Other Off-Broadway: John Patrick Shanley’s The Prodigal Son (MTC); Chair (Lortel nomination), The Broken Heart, Macbeth (TFANA); An Oresteia (Drama League nomination), Orlando (CSC). Currently filming HBO’s “Succession” and the HBO pilot “Black Rest” by Terence Nance. Recent Film work: Spielberg’s “The Post” and Silas Howard’s “A Kid Like Jake.” Select recent TV: NBC’s “Unt. Warren Leight” pilot, directed by Charles McDougall; Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down,” “The Following,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Wife,” and “Homeland.” Annika is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

EVELYN SPAHR (KATE) Upcoming: Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Past: N’tl tour of Remarkably Normal, Reading of Slave Play (Playwrights Horizons)  Film/TV: The Post, Vinyl. Training: NYU (Stella Adler Studio)  She is a strong advocate of the science of self-compassion, particularly the findings of Dr. Kristin Neff and Brene Brown. In her spare time, Evelyn can be found perusing an interior design book or any other how-to book concerning making the world a more beautiful place. Thanks to Amy and Nicole for letting me be a part of this important experience!

JAMIE HEINLEIN (PAM) is honored to have been a part of this groundbreaking project since the first table read.  She has been working the stages of off and off-off Broadway for many years and has also performed in Dublin, Provincetown, Denver and Bar Harbor.  Jamie is a member of the Board of Directors for TOSOS, The Other Side of Silence and is a founding member of Emerging Artists Theater. Much love and many thanks to Amy and Nicole.

 

GLEN FEINSTEIN (OREN) is thrilled to be a part of this iteration of A Bad Night. He previously worked with Amy on Road Veins and has been involved in other readings of A Bad Night over the past few years. He is an NYU Tisch Drama graduate, and can be seen in various projects across film, television and theater. Much love to Stephanie. www.glenjfeinstein.com

 

GAMAL ELSAWAH (ROBERTO) is a New York City-based Actor and Playwright. He is a recent graduate of Hunter College where he studied both Theatre and Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. He recently made his Broadway debut with the Hunter Opera Theater singing in Kristin Chenoweth’s My Love Letter to Broadway. Other past performance credits include Fireworks: An American Opera Buffa (The Nerd), Clybourne Park (Karl/Steve), Could Have Been: A New Musical (Adam), You Belong With Me: The Life and Death of Taylor Swift (Professor Barnes/Various), Baby with the Bathwater (Daisy), Ladybird: First Lady of the Land (Ensemble), Blood Wedding (Father), Waiting for Lefty (Agate), Clickbait (Ricardo), and No Exit (Garcin). Gamal served as Head Writer and Co-Creator of the Theater By Default Sketch Comedy Series from 2015-2017. His Short Play Circles was performed this year at both the CUNY Theatre Festival, as well as the Rascal Arts Short Play Festival Off-Broadway.​​