Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 PM

Three solo performer-creators will present works-in-progress for our multidisciplinary Scratch Series!
Scratch Night is an an eclectic salon of works-in-progress from KC’s most exciting generative artists alongside a unique audience feedback framework. This month’s lineup includes David Gomez, Kushi Beachamp, and Will Porter.

David Gomez: Laundry Day

A queer cycle of songs that tumble together as I attempt to iron out the details of faith, friendship, and forbidden love. Every song is inspired by a missing piece of clothing, a local legend, or a long lost lover. In this cycle of songs corrido-rancheros, boozy torch songs, and musica de plancha tumble together as I play and sing on accordion, keyboard, or drum machine. Join me as I start the cycle and attempt to recall and reclaim all the things that I lost in the wash.
Kushi Beauchamp: This Is How I’m Crazy
This Is How I’m Crazy is a seasonal journey of self discovery in the seemingly empty vacuum of a breakup. Is it possible to be your own soulmate? Would you like yourself enough to attempt it? Take a deep breath and lean in; you may encounter destruction, grief, hope, joy, and a little tiny voice that could help us survive the whole ordeal. *Audience members shouldn’t attempt to derive a hidden meaning from this story…period.

Will Porter: Crutchie, Go F**k Yourself’ (Part One) Extra Extra, the Newsies won the strike! Yay! But Crutchie has a new dream, a fresh start in Santa Fe with his forever best friend slash bedfellow Jack Kelly. After all, he’s been singing about it for long enough. What unfolds sucks for good old Crutchie, but ultimately leads to his own journey of self discovery, sexual awakening, and revenge on the Walt Disney Company for making him such an abysmally lackluster sidekick.




Scratch Night - June 2022

Event Details

Thursday, June 2 from 6:30-8:00 PM


CSF Stern Theater @ 3333 Wyoming


David Gomez is a Chicane theatre artist who hails from Kansas City, MO. David is currently developing Shoot For The Moon with John-Michael Lyles through support from the Dramatist Guild Fellows Program, and as one of Musical Theatre Factory’s MAKERS for 2021. Upcoming projects include the lyrics to Miss Havisham’s Wedding, the libretto for Sugarplum, and the score to Laundry Day: a musical mural. In NYC, his music and lyrics have debuted at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama, and Birdland. David received an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU in 2016. David is invested in continuing the tradition of rancheros y corridos which use lyrics and music to celebrate Latine stories.
Kushi Beauchamp is a Level 9 Goober. She cries every day, and she’s darn proud of it. She loves intersectional feminism, cancelling plans, and making new work. After receiving her BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College, Kushi has performed locally and abroad, recently appearing in and facilitating a bilingual production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Parrabbola) at the International Shakespeare Festival Craiova in Romania. Credits include “Cymbeline” (UMKC), The Chekov Symposium (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble), and “The Events” (Third Rail Repertory Theatre). Kushi is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at UMKC, and would like to pet your dog.
Will Porter is a first year graduate acting student at UMKC. He has been working primarily in national touring companies, regional, and off Broadway musical theatre productions around the country for the past decade. He is the choreographer and associate director of “Never Sleep Alone,” an Interactive Musical Seminar aboard The Scarlet Lady and The Valiant Lady for Virgin Voyages.
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