PTP/NYC's After Dark Series Begins Tonight with CRAB ON ITS BACK

By: Jul. 21, 2016
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, continues its 30th repertory season (and 10th consecutive in New York City) celebration with a range of special events, all free of charge to audiences.

The company has announced today the full line-up for its 2016 After Dark series. After Dark is PTP/NYC's playground for young artists - off-hours theatre in multiple shapes and sizes. The series features new and experimental work, including readings, workshops, work-in-process and cabarets. This year's work by PTP/NYC's group of young artists deal with issues of racism, sexuality and gender identity, tackling today's top headlines.

All events begin at 10pm and take place at The Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street) in New York City. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP email For info visit, follow on Twitter at @ptpnyc, and Like them on Facebook at


Crab On Its Back (July 21)
By Erik Champney, directed by Drayton Hiers, featuring Bill Army, Judith Chaffee and Valerie Leonard

On the last leg of their failing marriage, two antithetic, headstrong elitists seek out an obscure Van Gogh painting from which they must interpret a solution to their problems.

The Nothing Train (July 22)
By Gillian Durkee, produced by In the Water Theatre Company, directed by JoNathan Taylor, featuring Samuel Encarnacion, Aubrey Flood, Nikki Khouri and Kristian Sorensen

Gideon is probably dying of brain cancer and he and Isaac have decided to move from Boston to Seattle taking only Amtrak trains. The confines of a train, the failings of Gideon's brain, and a visit with Isaac's tempestuous sister shine a harsh light on the couple and their shortcomings.

Shameless (July 26)
By Neil D'Astolfo, directed by Scott Ebersold, featuring Philippe Bowgen, Neil D'Astolfo, Kenard Jackson and Mark Junek

A comedy about fitting in after coming out that tackles and tickles the shame monsters hiding under and in our gay beds.

Summoned (July 28)
By Sheyenne Javonne Brown, directed by Marcus Harvey, featuring Kristie Larson, Heather Harvey, Kevin Green and Michael Flood

Summoned tells the story of Eurydice and Orpheus during the era of Black Lives Matter. Astraia and Delano are a newly wedded couple who will be torn apart by a snake they didn't realize was among them.

Pastoral Play (July 29)
A work-in-process written and directed by Eric Marlin, in collaboration with the Healthy Oyster Collective, music written & performed by Barrie Mclain, dramaturgy by Zoe Olivier, featuring Deidrea Hamid, Nicholas Hemerling, Tess Howsman, Mae Mitchell, Blaire O'Leary, Jordan Sangalang, Morgan Sullivan, Atiya Taylor and Mari Vial-Golden

In this work-in-process, the Healthy Oysters explore the gender and sexual dynamics lodged in poetry and plays from the pastoral tradition.

Sister Act (August 2)
Created and performed by Jude Dry & Rachel Dry

Jude Dry and Rachel Dry present "Sister Act," a variety show featuring: comedy, music, family secrets you swore never to reveal in front of strangers. The Drys will be joined by hilarious friends and performers for an evening of good, not necessarily clean, family fun.

antigones (August 4)
By Eric Marlin, directed by Emma Weinstein, featuring Christo Grabowski and Noah Berman

Two bros watch the dissident Antigone buried alive on national television. The spectacle inspires a misguided attempt to capture her martyrdom in art, as they glibly repurpose her story in search of some truth about the nature of suffering.

Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King (August 6)
By Sam Collier, directed by Ariel Francoeur, performed by Valeria Avina, Katy Karas, Allyson Malandra and Sean Demers

Up in their attic, sisters Josephine and Henrietta create a new sister for their family; she's monstrous and violent and embodies everything they've dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls. Plus there's that wild hunger, an explosion of beauty products, a weird doll named Benjamin Franklin.

PTP/NYC's (Potomac Theatre Project) 30th repertory season at The Atlantic Stage 2 runs through August 7. The line-up includes a revival of Howard Barker's No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli, and a revival of C.P. Taylor's Good, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Jim Petosa.

Tickets for No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming and Good are $35, $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) continues to redefine politically aware theatre for the 21st century by presenting theatrically complex and thought-provoking work of contemporary social and cultural relevance. The company's writers are provocative, engaging and often confrontational. PTP/NYC is affiliated with the Theatre Program of Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.

The Atlantic Stage 2 is accessible from the A, C, E, L trains to 14 St./8 Ave. or the 1, 2, 3 trains to 14 St.