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Scratch Night Hosted by Sam Tower and Nia Benjamin


Dec 2, 2019


Monday, December 2 at 7pm

The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.

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 is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. This month’s artists will be announced this November!

Join us at La Peg before or after the performances! La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5-7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.

60 minutes

Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation


About the Hosts


Sam Tower (she/her) is a director, maker, and producer based in Philadelphia. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a platform for live performance and creative experiences for curious people of all ages, with a focus on amplifying the work of womxn, gender-variant people, and people of color. Ninth Planet’s shows are designed to activate imagination, self-­reflection, and a sense of adventure through the collision of dance, theatre, music, and installation. For the last ten years, Tower has centered her artistic practice around collectively created projects, experimenting with co-authorship and long-form process, and creating intentional space for reflection, responsiveness, and deviation. As a facilitator of theatrical process, she aims to support socio­-emotional development and togetherness, building more just communities through art making. She is an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics, has worked with Bryn Mawr College, Headlong, Simpatico Theatre, BRAT Productions, Martha Stuckey, Arden Theatre, and contributed as a company member of New Paradise Laboratories from 2012-2015. Tower also works with International Performing Arts for Youth as Engagement Manager, serving an international membership of professionals creating and touring performance for young audiences. 2017 Independence Fellowship Recipient. Training from Headlong Performance Institute and University of the Arts.



Nia Benjamin is the Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a performance platform based in Philadelphia. As a performer, teacher and visual artist, arts administrator and maker of devised work, Nia’s work is grounded in prioritizing the artistry and experiences of womxn of color. Her work examines the intersections between culture, identity and media and the undoing of narratives that decentralize black womxn’s importance within the larger cultural narrative. As an artist, her aim is to create accessible, challenging work that invites non-traditional audiences into performative spaces. Employing media and projection design, her work liberates performative work from conventional theatrical spaces.

Through collaborative play-making practices, Nia is interested in involving citizen performers and young people in the creation of new performance works. With an interest in finding new systems for generating devised work, Nia’s practice empowers creative teams to employ horizontal leadership models to upset patriarchal dynamics that exist within traditional theatre practices and alienate those who are historically marginalized.


Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation


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140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

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