The Cockpit Players presented a workshop production of UNHINGING, written and directed by Frank J. Avella, at the Sanford Meisner Theatre, NYC, in late 1993. Frank began writing the play while taking part in a Dramatic Writing Graduate Workshop at NYU.

UNHINGING explored how the lives of seven Manhattanites are forever changed by the placing of a personals ad.

The workshop starred: Gita Reddy as movie marketing dynamo Chris; Greg Kapuscinski as Phil, the brazen waiter; Paul Salvatoriello as Andy, the apprehensive teacher; Brian Smith as Dan, the naive Southern boy;  Jackie Jarosz as Evelyn, the wise mom; James Michael King as Arnie, the angry father and Michael Mamatz as Denny, the slutty ex-boyfriend.

One year later an Equity Showcase of UNHINGING was launched at the now-demolished Judith Anderson Theater along theatre row in NYC. It starred most of the same cast as the workshop with Richard Freda taking over the role of Andy. The director was Jhon Velasco.

UNHINGING has since been updated quite a few times and given a radical new ending, losing the original bloodbath murder of Andy. The play also lost the character of Arnie in an effort to tighten the script. Evelyn is now about ten years younger. There have been numerous draft readings over the last decade.


A staged reading at the Dramatists Guild in the summer of 2007 proved the play had new legs and a recent reading of UNHINGING 2010, in November of 2009, at an gallery in NYC, was well-received and proved the play is timelier than ever.

 

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