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March Scratch Night

Hosted by Michael Kiley

Mar 2, 2020

60 minutes



Wheelchair Accessible

​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.

March Scratch Night will be hosted by Michael Kiley! Featured artists this month include Alex Tatarsky, James Allister Sprang, Cynthia Hopkins + James Lavino, Willoughby Was, and Matthew Armstead + Nathan Alford-Tate.

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.

Feature Photo: Alex Tatarsky, Scratch Night 2016

About Michael Kiley

Michael Kiley is a sound designer, composer, performer, and educator working in theatre, dance and public installation. His original works include Close Music for Bodies (FringeArts Festival 2017), an immersive, participatory voice piece based in his practice of Personal Resonance. He is also the creator of three geo-locational soundwalk applications for smartphone; The Empty Air, Animina, and Grindstone Devotional. Currently, he is working with Swim Pony Arts on TrailOff, a series of ten geo-locational pieces for ten nature trails throughout the Philadelphia region (premieres summer 2020). Past collaborators include The Wilma Theatre, Faye Driscoll, The Arden Theatre, luciana achugar, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, The Play Company, Theatre Exile, and many more. He is a four time nominee for The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and two time winner for Outstanding Sound Design. His work has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The American Composers Forum, and Mural Arts.

Photo by James Lavino

About the Artists

Fellwalker by James Lavino with Cynthia Hopkins and Charlie Hall

Acclaimed musical performance-artist Cynthia Hopkins (The Accidental Trilogy) and film composer James Lavino (Murder in the Bayou, Wiener-Dog) combine forces to bring you Fellwalker. Like the radio broadcast of a noir sci-fi serial crackling through your car stereo on a deserted highway after midnight, Fellwalker’s liminal soundscapes will transport you to undiscovered realms of melancholy wonder, lifting your spirits above the tree line. Joined by special guest drummer Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs), Fellwalker unveils excerpts from their debut album in progress, Love is the Means.

Barack & Michelle by Matthew Armstead & Nathan Alford-Tate

“I would have voted for Obama a third time if I could.” Barack and Michelle brings the Obamas back to fulfill the dreams America held for this powerful couple. But remember dreams include hopeful visions, exhilarating nightmares, and the wetdreams. Barack and Michelle brings it all together by exploring the intersection of gender, race, and our own un-explored desires about how we want Black people to behave.

[SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land by Alexandra Tatarsky

Collaging narratives of art-making and despair into a deranged meditation on derangement, Alexandra Tatarsky leads us on a hilarious journey into the hellscape of the mind that is equal parts sad clown, demented cabaret, and extended crisis of meaning. This show will be presented at FringeArts in April as part of High Pressure Fire Service.

Turning Towards A Radical Listening by James Allister Sprang

With a complex sound system of approximately 200 speakers and interactive visual projections, this intimate sonic performance repurposes voice-to-text algorithms to explore the societal biases inherent in our technology. This show will be presented at FringeArts in May as part of High Pressure Fire Service.

forever calls it quits by willoughby was

Forever calls it quits is a small suite of music for piano and voice, composed and performed by Philadelphia songwriter, willoughby was, over a low heat and a long time. Like soup. They hope to record over the summer.

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