Breadcrumbs Productions Theatre Scratch Night is a new series showcasing short segment of original theatrical work from the Central New York community. For questions please contact Derek Powell at 315-450-0631, or send an email to derekpowelldpt@gmail.com.

Our next Scratch will be

Winter Scratch. TBA. 

The purpose of a "Scratch Night" is twofold - to promote the the original work of playwrights in the CNY area, thus fostering our community's engagement with the arts - but also to serve as a developmental tool for the playwrights themselves. After each performance of an original work, there is an opportunity for the audience to pose questions to the playwright, and an opportunity for the playwright to pose questions to the audience. Our hope is that playwrights will use this opportunity to continue to develop their work, taking the responses and reactions of their audiences into account. THERE ARE NO SMALL IDEAS. 

november 21, 2019

Love in the Time of Zombies by Kristina Rusho:

This piece is from a play I am currently working on called "Love in the Time of Zombies", where we see five individuals in different scenarios during the beginnings of a zombie outbreak and, later, in the midst of the crisis.  This particular scene happens in Act Two, where Morgan and Hatch, who met and connected at a makeshift shelter initially and decided to strike out on their own.  However, this moment is meant to convey how, in times of panic and uncertainty, relationships, new or established, are always precious and vulnerable.

Goblin Market by Tanner Efinger:

Goblin Market, based on the 1862 poem by Christina Rossetti, is about two sisters who visit the Goblin Market and is an allegory of the strength of sisterhood in the face adversity.  This "scratch" is a short segment of the full piece which is in development. 


So What If You Love Me by Blondean Young

Two friends fall in love but struggle to stay together because the cost of happiness is to much for one of them to pay. 

Borderline by Margot Reed

Borderline is a short conflict between two brothers. Egor visits

his brother, Nikolai, a border officer. The thinly veiled social call

becomes an argument over family, loyalty, and identity. Can Egor

convince Nikolai to assist in a (dangerous) favor?

Kristina Rusho is a graduate of SUNY Oswego's Creative Writing program and was the recipient of the 2003 Norma Jean Yembrick Playwriting award and participated in multiple New Voices productions.  Her works have been produced by Little Theater of Watertown, WAER Radio and the Clayton Opera House.  Kristina has been on stage in Central New York Playhouse's productions of Othello, Hamlet, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead and Baldwinsville Theater Guild's Noises Off and has participated in Rochester's Fringe Festival.  She currently works at Lockheed Martin and thanks Breadcrumbs and Wunderbar for an opportunity to hear her works out loud.


Tanner Efinger is the Artistic & Executive Director of Breadcrumbs Productions. He is a theatre maker, arts advocate and community organizer and has worked professionally throughout the US and UK as a performer, director, educator, producer, and writer. Original works includes Marie & The Nutcracker Prince (Producer/Performer), Unearthing Mary Bixby (Producer/Performer), The Picture of Oscar Wilde (Writer), 1918 (Writer/Director), A Christmas Carol Retold (Director/Performer), High As Sugar (Writer/Performer), and While They Were Away (Performer).

Blondean Young is an Actress, singer, writing and Director. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York she received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. She has been writing since an early age and would receive awards as early as middle school for her writing. Most recently she appeared in 24 hour Play Festival and in the directors Lab Series, both through Breadcrumbs Productions. She has also appeared in many Off Broadway shows during her time in New York City. She is very excited to share a piece of her original work. 

Margot Reed (Playwright/Director) is a Brooklyn

native, Syracuse transplant who is most well-known for stage

management in Syracuse’s community and regional theaters.

Margot is also an aspiring playwright, one who has finally gotten

off their lazy butt to put ideas out into the world and get started

on that full-length play.

• august 1, 2019

Our second scratch was on August 1st. It included original work by local artists Strange David Fuller, Donna Stuccio, Clare Lopez, and Brad Beckman. 

Strange David Fuller presented a scene from their one act play “Regulation” which explores the nature of stereotypes and attitudes that our society projects onto various demographics in our population.


Donna Stuccio offered a short one act play, “Rounding Home in the Clarity of Earth’s Magnificent Rise.” A full moon, the promise inherent in Christmas and a long held sadness at a missed opportunity unwittingly become a recipe to conjure a bit of magic. 


Clare Lopez showed us a short scene tentatively titled, “Morning After” which is one of seven vignettes that together compose a short play, which Clare may adapt into a screenplay.


Brad Beckman shared with us selections from his short play "Natural Order" which is made up of the dreams a sleeper has over the course of a night. The players will perform as well as speak/chant/echo the dreams for an audience.

• may 2, 2019

The first ever Scratch event (the Theatre Edition) included original work by local artists Martikah Williams, Isaac Betters, Louis DiNolfi, and Jodi Bova.


Martikah Williams presented a scene from her original play Finals.


Isaac Betters presented a workshopped moment from his original adaptation of Plato's Symposium titled beloved.


Louis DiNolfi and Jodi Bova collaborated on a piece of performance art titled Creativity Project.