OUT OF LINE: "MELT" by James Scruggs

Date & Time
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Location

    On the High Line at 14th St.

    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 "3/5ths".

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

    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.

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    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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    • August 16 "Open Encounter" by Brendan Fernandes


    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 was awarded a 2016 NJSCA Fellowship for artistic excellence, a 2016 Creative Capital Grant, and a 2015 MAP Grant to create 3/Fifths, a piece exploring race and racism today and a 2016 MAP Grant to create A Voluptuary Life, a piece about an aging homosexual without family seeking and finding a community of elders was a "Must See" production in The NY Times; TimeOut stated: "The insidious brilliance of SupremacyLand lies in the way that Scruggs, co-opts the conventions of immersive theater to deliver a powerful message. "It premiered and ran for the month of May, 2017 at 3LD Art & Technology Center in NYC. He conceived, wrote and produced 3/Fifths. It was inspired by Disposable Men, his 2005 multi-media solo performance work, which juxtaposed images from Hollywood monster movies with the harsh reality of the historical treatment of black men in America. It was produced by HERE Arts Center. Previous theatrical works include Touchscape, An Emotional Striptease; Tickets To Manhood and more recently Deepest Man, an experimental work with a 3D holographic projection surface exploring freediving as a cure for grief produced by and premiered at 3LD Art & Technology Center. He's a consultant and Fieldwork facilitator for The Field, and is also currently a Professional Development Program facilitator for Creative Capital. James Scruggs has a BFA in Film from School of Visual Arts.

    Tamilla Woodward 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. She is a past Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and artistic affiliate with New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama's Acting program and is the recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists and The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women. Her work has been presented and developed at the Working Theater, NYTW, New Georges, HERE, The Lark, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre and for festivals and theaters around the US and Internationally.

    Mark Van Hare is a composer and sound designer working in New York City. Recent credits include Oh My Sweet Land and Villa with The Play Company, 3/Fifths at 3LD Art & Technology, Loving and Loving with Radical Evolution Theater, Destiny of Desire at The Garden Theatre (Winter Garden, FL), Paris! and Nutcracker Rouge! with COMPANY XIV at Irondale Theatre, Anna Christie at The Wild Project, DIRECTORFEST with The Drama League at The Barrow Group Theatre, Men On Boats and The Wild Party with The Dramatic Association at Yale University, and Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods at Portland Stage (Portland, ME). Mark is the sound supervisor at New York Theatre Workshop.

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