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January Scratch Night

Jan 4 2015

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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.


Shame Portrait Project: Chelsea&Magda
MagdaAndChelsea_squareWe ask performers to embody a “less than ideal” version of themselves for these portraits. The first step is to define an element of your personality that you are ashamed of, but also brings you pleasure. Are you a pushover and you secretly love being soft like that? Come shoot a shame portrait with us.



Time Had a Job: Fire Drill
Fire Drill THaJ_squareTime Had a Job was originally developed in a residency at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, MN as an intervention in how we watch live performance at a time of media saturation and the 24-hr news cycle. Taking its organizational principle from the Vine Video, Time Had a Job originally consisted of 150 6-second dances and corresponded to the eponymous categories described in theorist Sianne Ngai’s work Our Aesthetic Categories: Cute, Zany, Interesting. Ngai indicates the minor contemporary affects of “interesting” (expressed here as a disconnected series of movements), “cute” (their shortness), and “zany” (our expenditure of energy in performing these) as being the representative aesthetic categories of our time.

11057351_10156246541050704_2434471756037450912_oPlant Me Here: The House at the End of the World

This is the house at the end of the world. Where everything is broken, and flat and there is nothing to do. This is the house at the end of the world where we sit on the shoreline and wait for something to come over the water. Multidisciplinary art collective, Plant Me Here continues its ongoing experiments by asking questions about time, the body and waiting.

Juan Winfield-Escutia Scott or the Mexican-American War, a butcher’s play: Chris Davis
A new work in progress by local writer/performer Chris Davis. Winfield Scott, a General in the Mexican-American War, and Juan Escutia, a young Mexican military cadet, meet. The piece explores the Mexican-American war and the infamous last stand of the Ninos Heroes (Boy Heroes).



Before Scratch Night come to a designer and director happy hour.

60 minutes
FREE / Suggested Donation