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. February artists will be announced in January!
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.
Featured Photo: Lexi Thammavong at Scratch Night, November 2019
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
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