A Staged Reading to Benefit Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
By Frank J. Avella
Directed by Laura Caparrotti
Based on factual material, "Vatican Falls" 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.
"Vatican Falls" was set to have its World Premiere in Rome, Italy, last May but was cancelled the night before opening amidst controversy and claims of death threats. This will mark the first U.S. presentation of the play to an audience since the last workshop in 2010.
Recent headline news reports about the Catholic Church putting legal pressure on SNAP to hand over more than two decades of confidential information has put the group at the forefront of a major battle with Vatican attorneys wishing to silence them once and for all. SNAP is holding steadfast in their efforts to protect the privacy of victims, witnesses--even journalists who have come to them for help in the past. All proceeds from this Benefit will go directly to these brave men and women. We hope to raise awareness about the real facts concerning the scandal and about this very important group that has provided a safe haven for survivors since 1988. CCR recently filed a complaint, on behalf of SNAP, for consideration at the International Criminal Court against high level Vatican officials for crimes against humanity.
Performance begins at 6:45 pm.
Starring: Rob Ventre, Carlotta Brentan, Joshua Dixon, Liza Harris, Drew Bruck, Devon Talbott, Matthew Crooks, Francesco Andolfi, Carlos Dengler, Kalen J. Hall & Lucia Grillo.
Musical Director/Arranger: Brad Gardner
Stage Directions: Cali Gilman
Music: Claudio Procopio
Lyrics: Frank J. Avella
Reserve your tickets at www.VaticanFalls.com or by emailing IMPETUSENSEMBLE@aol.com.
For additional information please call 973-715-2356.