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    Disposable Men

    This humorous solo work presents a series of interactive monologues demonstrating the flippant irreverence with which the popular media treats the disposability of African-American men. With a witty sardonicism, James Scruggs plays characters as varied as a waiter at a theme restaurant that features customized lynchings, a modern day minstrel performing at kid's parties, and more. This is all performed with an underlying motif of the shockingly close relationship that Hollywood monsters and African American men share. Especially the imaginative, over-the-top ways both are feared, killed, and ultimately, disposed of. For this richly interactive environment, creator/performer James Scruggs uses a robotic video projector that makes roving images of King Kong and the men of Tuskeegee leap off the screen and fill the stage as well as laser sensors that allow the audience to determine a character's fate. Scruggs has designed video for Division 13's version of Ionesco's Journey's Among the Dead and Kristin Marting's Orpheus (both at HERE). In development since May of 2000, segments of Disposable Men were shown at the AM Foundation in DUMBO, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and at the 2004 CULTUREMART Festival at HERE, where he is a resident artist. He was also one of seven writers chosen to be a part of the Naked Angels Writers' Lab, where his ten-minute play Thuggish was performed in February of 2003. The MediaBeam robotic projector is a one-of a kind, state-of-art piece of technology that is so sophisticated it is rarely used in any medium. Hal Eagar, the Technology Director for Disposable Men, has been a trailblazing and leading innovator in live performance technology and digital media since 1995. The MediaBeam robotic projector opens up the entire space as a possible projection surface allowing artists to take images off the screen and out of the rectangular box. The roving images multiply the types of effects an artist can invent with video and animations, even allowing the media to interact with the physical world. This has been made possible here through the generous support from the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (which James Scruggs was awarded in 2002)-supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

    Dates:  Feb. 4, 2005 - Feb. 12, 2005
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sun.. 8:30 p.m.
    Venue:  Here, 145 Sixth Ave.
    Price:  $20
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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