OUT OF LINE: "MELT," by James Scruggs

Date & Time

Thursday, May 17, 9 – 10pm


On the High Line at 14th St.

UPDATE: General RSVP is full for Out of Line. We'll be welcoming walk-up visitors to join if the event is not at capacity.

It's May 17, 2060. The 17th Annual Post Racial America Day Rally. White people in America have been the minority for 17 years. The mixed race, gender fluid President of the United States, who refuses to disclose birth gender, speaks: "America is the great melting pot…MELT!" Don't miss this somewhat-satirical and very timely performance exploring race, gender, and social justice in a not-too-distant possible future by the outstanding creator of "3/Fifths".

Now in its third year, Out of Line presents a new set of arresting, intriguing, and playful performances by some of New York City's most exciting contemporary artists.

Read an interview with the artist

We encourage all persons with disabilities to attend. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at a program, please contact programs@thehighline.org or 646.774.2482. Program venues are accessible via wheelchair accessibility points, and ASL interpretation can be arranged two weeks in advance.


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  • July 19 "Shasta Geaux Pop," by Ayesha Jordan and Charlotte Brathwaite
  • August 16 "Open Encounter," by Brendan Fernandes


Creator and Playwright: James Scruggs
Concept Collaborator, Director, Dramaturg: Tamilla Woodard
Concept Collaborator, Composer, Sound Design: Mark Van Hare
Scenic and Costume Design: Andreea Mincic
Video and Projection Design: Jason Batcheller

James Scruggs is a writer, performer, producer and arts administrator who creates large scale topical, theatrical, multi-media work usually focused on inequity or gender politics. He has been awarded a 2016 NJSCA Fellowship for artistic excellence and a 2016 Creative Capital Grant. He has also received a MAP Grants to create his well-known pieces 3/Fifths and A Voluptuary Life.

Tamilla Woodard is a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics and is currently serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater.

Mark Van Hare is a NYC-based composer and sound designer. Currently, he serves as the sound supervisor at the New York Theatre Workshop. Amongst his many recent credits, he worked as a sound designer and composer for James Scruggs' 2017 piece, 3/Fifths.

High Line Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.