Benefit Reading of Vatican Falls Will Be Presented in May; Casting Announced | Playbill

News Benefit Reading of Vatican Falls Will Be Presented in May; Casting Announced
A benefit reading of Frank J. Avella's Vatican Falls, which is set against the backdrop of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, will be presented May 15 at 6:45 PM at the National Comedy Theatre.

Directed by Laura Caparrotti, the performance will benefit SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

The cast will feature Francesco Andolfi, Carlotta Brentan, Drew Bruck, Matthew Crooks, Carlos Dengler, Joshua Dixon, Kalen J. Hall, Liza Harris, Carmit Levite, Devon Talbott and Rob Ventre.

Stage directions will be read by Cali Gilman. The evening's musical director and arranger is Brad Gardner. Songs were written by Claudio Procopio and playwright Avella.

Based on factual material, Vatican Falls, according to press notes, "follows the life of one survivor who struggles with understanding how those closest to him could damage him the deepest. The multi-genre, non-linear play probes the conflicting feelings involved in most sexual abuse situations and dares to confront the truth about the ever-growing scandal and the Church’s complicity in it."

The National Comedy Theatre is located at 347 West 36th St. Tickets range from $20 to $50; visit or call (973) 715-2356.

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