February Scratch Night
Hosted by Mary Tuomanen + Rebecca Wright of Applied Mechanics
Monday, February 3
The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.
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 is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance.
Featured artists this month are: Antigravity Performance Project, Thomas Choinacky, Jackie Soro, Cosmo Castaldi, and Izzy Sazak!
Join us at La Peg before or after the performances! La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5–7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.
About the Hosts
Rebecca Wright is a Philadelphia-based director-creator, and the artistic director of Applied Mechanics, with whom she has created twelve original immersive plays. Recent credits include Indecent and An Iliad at the Arden, Perfect Day at Headlong, This Is On Record with Applied Mechanics, and The Wild Duck at Quintessence Theater Group and The Gap at Azuka, both of which received Barrymore nominations for best production and best director. Other favorite projects include Marcus/Emma at InterAct Theater Company, At Home With the Humorless Bastard with Annie Wilson at FringeArts, Peaceable Kingdom with Orbiter 3, Articles of Faith with Cynthia Hopkins, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Shaw’s St. Joan with Quintessence, Sarah Flood in Salem Mass at The Flea, Sophie Gets the Horns with The Riot Group, and We Are Bandits and Vainglorious with Applied Mechanics. Rebecca has made work with students at the University of the Arts, University of Minnesota, Arcadia University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan. She is one of the founders of HATCH, a residency for female and non-binary artists that takes place in New Hampshire each July. She is a two-time recipient of an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, and her productions of Slip/Shot and Peaceable Kingdom both won the Brown/Martin Philadelphia Award.
Photo by Johanna Austin
Mary Tuomanen is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris and the 2017 recipient of the Haas Emerging Artist Award. Her solo work has been performed at the Annenberg Center (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2014), Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble, and the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (Hello! Sadness!, 2015), among others. Her physical theater collaboration with Aaron Cromie, The Body Lautrec, was supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. She has also collaborated on commissions from the American Philosophical Society (A Paper Garden, 2011) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Between Clinics, 2016). Her plays Marcus/Emma (Interact) and A Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter 3) premiered in 2017. As a performer, she has worked in many regional theaters including the Arden, Interact, Azuka, People’s Light and Theater Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and many productions with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. She starred as young Andy Warhol in Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies premiere of Andy: A Popera. She is an InterAct Core Writer, a member of the Foundry and a company member of Applied Mechanics, an immersive theater ensemble. www.appliedmechanics.us
About the Artists
An episodic duet of movement and poetry, Legal Tender takes audiences on a trance-induced travelogue to contemplate the relationships between information, consumer culture, labor, and borders. In this new hybrid work, drawing from extensive conversations around our eroding news and media environments, we follow poet Kyle Dacuyan through psychic terrain and nightlife, family history and local communities, as he looks into the places where fact, opinion, and falsehood settle in us subconsciously. Performed and created with artist Andalyn Young, with video by visual artist Kate Liebman, and choreography by Chelsea Murphy. Directed by Francesca Montanile and Michael T. Williams of Antigravity Performance Project. Legal Tender will be presented as part of FringeArts’ High Pressure Fire Service series in April.
Forehand Down the Line by Thomas Choinacky
Forehand Down the Line is not about the “tennis champion.” This is about the ball people. Performing the hidden labor of this professional sport, these speedsters are the support system to the efficiency of matches. Ball people run down every ball and help prepare each point. This dance calls attention to the unannounced and uncongratulated of professional tennis and highlights the agile, queer, and momentous work of ball people.
Thomas Choinacky (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist assembling spatial experiences in performance. His/Their current artistic practice deals with the relationship between legacy, architecture, and queerness. Forehand Down the Line premieres in late March.
Cosmo Castaldi (he/they) is happy to be back making art and performing in Philadelphia after a brief 2 year stint in nyc growing belly hair. Barrymore nominated for his performance in Fun Home, he’s ready to get into some radical queer performance community practice, and figure out how to make life worth living on this violently transforming planet.
LOVE POEM by Jackie Soro
LOVE POEM is an ongoing exploration of the artist’s questions around romanticism, sexuality, relationship, and the sometimes confusion disconnect between what the body wants and what the mind allows us to imagine. The project asks the audience to join the artists as she asks: have you ever been in love? are you (like her) mortified by the idea? if our bodies could speak to the people we love, what would they say?
Tiny Witch Presents by Izzy Sazak
Tiny Witch lives under your pillow, and wants to save you from your internalized hetero-capitalist patriarchal nightmares. Tiny Witch has a broom made from your lost eyelashes to bat away the demons, and clean out the cobwebs of your brain. Times are tough for Tiny Witch; fear is everywhere, and on top of it all your new rich husband just bought silk sheets, which makes it very difficult to climb up to your ear where the nightmares get in. Tiny Witch is a radical retelling of the Bluebeard fairytale for the 21st century revolutionary in you.
Izzy Sazak (she/they) is a turkish-colombian-american multimedia performance artist, theater-maker, singer and failed clown, living and working on Lenape Land (philadelphia). they are a member of Applied Mechanics, philadelphia’s vanguard radical theater company. Izzy also sings in some bands; The Bandits; AppMech’s resident radical punk band, and ZRNA a brand new turkish folkfunk band.
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