A Bad Night

A complex portrait of inconceivable proportions

After a sold-out presentation in celebration of International Women’s Day in March 2018, A Bad Night was most recently performed in November 2018 in celebration of White Ribbon Day.

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


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