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February Scratch Night


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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The popular, long running works-in-progress series on the first Monday of every month.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night features short performances by four-to-six companies/artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance.

This February, we’re hosting a special Small But Mighty Arts Creative Genius Happy Hour at La Peg before Scratch Night! Meet and connect with artists and arts leaders from various creative disciplines throughout the city. From 5-7pm, $1 per drink/snack goes to support the SBMA Fringe Festival micro-grant fund. After Scratch Night, in lieu of our regular Artist Meal, we’ll be bringing up the house lights and inviting audience members to hang out for a while, enjoy $2 PBR (or selzer!) from La Peg and have a conversation with the artists!

60 minutes

Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation

Scratch Night

Photo by Kaitlin Chow

Golden Era by Sean Thomas Boyt
Sean Thomas Boyt will be showing Golden Era, a brand-new duet with dancers Marisa Illingworth and Margot Electra Steinberg. This romp superficially investigates ideas of performance and intimacy through repetition, conversation, and nearly synchronized dancing. “Dance like no one likes you.”


In Constant Need of a Blessing by Julia Brandenberger
The piece examines the psychological and material need to have other people like an artists work. I’m looking at what happens to values, audience relations and an artists ability to give without hiding in relation to the need have the work be accepted and appreciated.

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Photo by Steve Surgalski

Still Untitled by Shannon Murphy

We have been developing a practice based performance that asks questions about who becomes visible and why. We are also researching what aspects of ourselves we make visible to others and flipping that around a bit… We use anatomical embodiments and social reflection to build our structures and interactions. This is a very early version of what I hope to be en evening of work.


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Photo by Barbaraluz Orlanda

Ghosts by Jack Zaferes
A hallucinatory progressive musical movement set to an experimental cinematic dreamscape.





Featured Photo: Shannon Murphy, Photo by Steve Surgalski