Scotch and Handsoap: Staged Reading

“I go every night… to the grocery store… the crisper part of my fridge is broken so if I was to go once a week like you, I’d be eating wilted veggies… but mainly I like the connection”


With the generous support of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust,  Melbourne based playwright Kat Moritz has landed in New York and ... WE NEED YOUR HELP to get the international premiere of her latest play Scotch and Handsoap off the ground... BUT... we've only got FOUR WEEKS to do it!

ABOUT THE WORK

Scotch and Handsoap is writer Kat Moritz’s response to the world we live in and her attempt to delve deep into the crux of the everyday. Your everyday. Based on a series of audio recordings of random conversations taken in her hometown of Melbourne, this play is a complex composition of voices, relationships, and interactions. We communicate with each other on a daily basis but, are we actually connecting? Really?

WHY SUPPORT US?

♥ we’re a team of young, local and international, emerging female artists making progressive, exciting, thoughtful and necessary work.

♥ all too often we see performance works that are careless or problematic or that just don’t speak to audiences. we want to change this.

♥ we believe that theater and the performing arts are for everyone and want to take theater off its revered pedestal and simplify it. Scotch and Handsoap is an active step toward doing all these things.

♥ part verbatim, part observation, part movement work it’s unlike anything that exists and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Scotch and Handsoap has had a showing in Australia but it’s now time to bring it to New York, and further down the track, to the rest of the world!

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT KAT'S WORK


“RISKY ORIGINALITY”
- Stage Whispers, Disgust

“VERY GOOD WRITING THROUGHOUT”
- Theatre People, Disgust

“A BORINGLY HONEST BUT INSIGHTFUL CONVERSATION THAT ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE CAN SHARE”
- My Melbourne Arts, Disgust

MEET THE TEAM!

KAT MORITZ: writer 
IG: @katmoritz 

Q: Scotch or Handsoap? 
A: I'm the writer! Surely I can choose both?!
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STEPHANIE GHAJAR: director
IG: @stephanieghajar 

Q: Scotch or Handsoap? 
A: Scotch by day, Handsoap by night.
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LILJA OWSLEY: producer
IG: @liljaowsley 

Q: Scotch or Handsoap? 
A: I prefer things neat and clean.
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WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL HELP WITH

♥ $600 - a (teeny) artist fee to support our actors. 

♥ $400 - venue hire

♥ $150 - rehearsal space

♥ $250 - marketing (concept design, videography, postcards etc.)

♥ $100 - contingency  (ie. printing and binding of scripts, the odd prop etc.)

WHAT DO YOU GET?

As if we'd forget you! Wherever you are in the world, here are a few incentives in case you were undecided about donating (which of course you weren't!):

♥ you donated? 
THANK YOU! in fact we're so grateful we're gonna make sure you're acknowledged in our program (yep, that's right, your name on an actual, hardcopy, theater thing that everyone will take home!)

♥ $25   
have a drink on us at the reading! (and the above)

♥ $50
always wanted to know what it takes to put something like this on? donate $50 and you'll be added to our insider's circle... all the exclusive behind the scenes intoxicatingly juicy updates! just. for. you. (and all of the above)

♥ $100
exclusive updates not enough for you? how 'bout your very own recording of the staged reading? theater program fame, drinks, exclusive updates AND your very own recording of the reading? #winning

♥ $100+
you're not gonna want to miss out on this one, it's pretty spesh. loved our marketing artwork? $100+ gets you your very own postcard set of four original artworks by Melbourne based artist Soula Mantalvanos, signed by the cast! (and all of the above)

What are you waiting for? Jump on board! Let's make this happen!


  • Zach Schwartz 
    • $250 
    • 35 mos
  • GERALD BERKMAN 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Sonya Karras 
    • $146 
    • 35 mos
  • Oliver Littleton 
    • $150 
    • 35 mos
  • Natalie Devitsakis  
    • $5 
    • 35 mos
See all

Fundraising team (4)

Kat Moritz 
Organizer
Brooklyn, NY
Lilja Owsley 
Beneficiary
Stephanie Ghajar 
Team member
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