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Scratch Night 2017

The Show:

We give 6 theater companies/artists 10 minutes to show what they are working on. Come take a look behind the curtain and witness what's next in contemporary, physical and visual Theater in Chicago.


Created and Performed by Semi-Circus Company

Murmurations is about four friends working through their psychological concerns together while they await the arrival of their counselor. Though the topics are serious, the characters are both human and forgiving, and they keep the pace lively and fun. The circus disciplines used are clowning, acrobatics, hand balancing, juggling, and cyr wheel. The element of transcendence or healing comes into play when each character escapes their problems--if only temporarily--through play, teamwork, adventure and facing their fears.

Tobes & Sauce Go To The Moon

Created and performed by Aileen McGroddy and Isaac Samuelson

Armed with handheld lights and using physicality in unique and surprising ways, clown duo Tobes & Sauce embark on the adventure of a lifetime.


Created and performed by Amalia Mathewson

What if the legends and myths of ancient man were not metaphors? What if the creation stories of our ancestors were literal? Procession explores the idea that The Gods are real, and that one of their descendants is visiting Earth as a tourist. This interactive physical theater piece works with themes of colonialism, ritual, and community to create a spontaneous ensemble of valuable individuals.

​​This is for You

Created and Performed by Janet Howe

The Tinder Lover

Created and Performed by Cam Poter

The Tinder Lover is created and performed by Cam Poter, a Chicago-bred clown and mime. This is an autobiographical piece. If you'd like to learn more about Cam's love life, check out his podcast, "Sex Talk With My Mom."

ホテル Hotel

Created by Josiane Keller

ホテル Hotel (reads: "hotel -hotel"), is inspired by series of snap shots by artists from the 70's and 80's in particular Nan Goldin and others, who took intimate snap shots of their friends; over time these images have gained world fame and popularity with a specific social group that has completely different social status, generally much higher, than the depicted people, many of them homosexuals, transvestites and drug-users;



Photos by Dan Plehal

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