May Scratch Night
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May Scratch Night


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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Mon, May 1 at 7pm Free RSVP

The popular, long-running works-in-progress series on the first Monday of every month.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night features short performances by four-to-six companies/artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance.

This month’s lineup:

Photo by Mo Mangklang-Kingston

The Flannel Chucks by Betty Smithsonian & Rob Alessian

The Flannel Chucks write silly lyrics to 90’s grunge songs. Come as you are. Whatever.


Photo by Anna M. Maynard

A Letter to White America by Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project/Esther Baker-Tarpaga & Nikia Camp

Baker-Tarpaga questions the cultural landscape of a whitewashed America and the potential for healing. Thinking about her own family heritage and legacy moving forward she uses popular culture references and performance art to address the current political state of our country. Singer & guitarist Nikia Camp accompanies with soulful melodies.

Photo by Michael Osinski

GREAT AGAIN by The Antidote

An unhappy couple engages in an elaborate 1950’s cosplay to exorcise their demons and save their marriage. And in the process, they reveal how little has changed over the past 60 years when it comes to gender equality. GREAT AGAIN is a wild riff on “A Doll’s House,” “The Donna Reed Show,” and 1950’s pop culture. The full production will take place in an intimate South Philly living room during the 2017 Fringe Festival.

Photo by Bicking Photography

Pre-Cut Shapes by Sean Thomas Boyt & Meredith Stapleton

A duet with paper accompaniment. Pre-Cut Shapes features performers Sean Thomas Boyt and Meredith Stapleton experimenting in the world of low-tech puppet theater. In the attempt to physicalize a corps of dancers with only two live bodies, genders are confused, formations become progressively more difficult to maintain, and personalities burst at the seams. Highlighting the paper-thin superficiality of performance culture, the inherently gendered duet provides commentary on the performers’ personal relationships to spectacle and points to a communal desire to seek authenticity externally. Within a culture obsessed with “realness,” how can playing dress-up become a process of expressing identity, discovering humor, and learning empathy?

Photo by Thomas Weir

Silencing the Tide by Olive Prince Dance

We are looking at a variety of water metaphors and how the force of tides in nature and currents within water are points of departure for creating a choreographic work that is simultaneously investigating what it means as an individual to stand up and go against the tide. Images of war, domesticity, and environment have all mingled in the working process. What we are showing is an excerpt that explores falling/submitting in contrast to a continual, cyclical journey.

Photo by Monique Baron


TOLVA presents DEEEP SPACE LOVE SONG, a new multimedia performance project about a wayward space princess who falls in love with an ancient galactic creature. This is a story told in sound, video, and live performance that explores issues of queer time, queer love, and “human” connection.

60 minutes

Free / RSVP suggested