Living Arts of Tulsa Performance Committee presents
SCRATCH: An Evening of Performance Works-in-Progress
Come see what’s Cookin’ with Tulsa’s creators of new performance work!
Doors open at 7pm, and that the bar will be open. Show is at 8pm. Also, the admission is $5-$15 pay what you can, with 50% of admission going to the artists.
We invite Tulsa audiences to be the first to experience exciting new performance ideas by local artists! Come ready for anything and everything to happen! Rough edges, provocative ideas, early experiments and investigations!
SCRATCH is an evening short unfinished works and excerpts (ranging from 2-10 minutes) drawing from a variety of performance-based artistic disciplines including, but not limited to, theatre, improv, dance/movement, poetry reading, spoken word, multi-media, stand-up comedy, musical theatre, and performance art. Performances combine to create a dynamic and experimental Cabaret-style event driven entirely by local artists.
Scratch provides a much-needed, safe venue for burgeoning local performance artists to find their voices, test ideas, and become entrepreneurs of their own work.
Audiences are invited to be a part of each artist’s creative process in developing work through immediate direct response, and feedback in short “Talk Backs” following each performance.
WHAT IS SCRATCH?
We all have heard the term “making something from scratch.” How does an artist take something that is just an idea or image, and make it into something; a fully finished work for an audience’s consumption.
SCRATCH is a place where artists can take creative risks, experiment, and try out new ideas for an audience in order to further develop, edit, and test out new work.
Scratch performances have become very popular in the UK (and in New York) over the last 10 years, particularly as a dynamic way to spearhead new works of experimental theatre and performance. London’s Battersea Arts Centre has led the way in creating regular “scratch” events, which has resulted in several innovative and successful productions with runs in the West End, and even Broadway. The audacious Jerry Springer the Opera, which ran at The National Theatre for two years, and on Broadway starring Harvey Keitel, began as an idea at a Scratch event at Battersea.
The Living Arts Performance Committee would like to foster new, innovative and risk-taking performance in Tulsa, and a climate of encouragement for artists to make daring work and experiment with ideas. It is our hope that SCRATCH events could become a regular part of Living Arts programming, with Tulsa audiences directly involved in supporting the creation of new and exciting performance work.