Klecksography was a game that Hermann Rorschach played as a child in which children would make shapes out of ink on a blank page. Inspired by this game he would go on to develop his famous psychological test, the Rorschach Inkblot Test.
Before Klecksography took its current form as an annual project that focuses on networking and opportunity by pairing theatre leadership and artists, the periodic events would showcase short plays that were built by artists responding to a common source. The plays were then presented to an audience as an evening of theatre. The evenings were always created in a furiously short time and involve a veritable army of playwrights, directors, actors and designers.
Examples of themes from past events include forgotten Washington stories, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Urban Legends and actual Holiday Stories from the Rorschach fan page. Below are links to all the Klecksography projects, including some fundraiser events that used the same model and our “Myth-Appropriation” events which followed a similar formula but were based exclusively on mythology.
Klecksography: Toil and Trouble: October 2017
Klecksography: A Very Pagan Christmas: December 2016
Thesmophoria: A Hellbent Adventure with Rorschach Theatre: August 2016
Klecksography: Island of the Misfit Toys: December 2015
Klecksography: Haunting Monsters: October 2015
Six Impossible Things: A site-specific benefit performance: May 2014
Klecksography: DC Haunts October 2013
Klecksography: The Apocalypse Party December 2012
Klecksography: DC Underground March 2012
Klecksography: Home for the Holidays December 2010
MYTH-Appropriation: 15-minute Epics August 2009
MYTH-Appropriation: Tales From the Edge of the World August 2009
MYTH-Appropriation: Urban Legends April 2009
MYTH-Appropriation: The Bloody, Strange and Wicked Origins of St Nicholas December 2008
MYTH-Appropriation: Creation Stories May 2008
MYTH-Appropriation: The Brothers Grimm September 2007