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SCP-XXXX manifesting during a production of Hamlet starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Attendees noted extravagant set design.

SCP is a phenomenon that makes people believe they are watching a play while in reality they are staring at an empty stage. The play is a mental effect created by an eldritch entity for the purposes of feasting on their creativity or something.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation computers will run searches on various social media websites as well as public message boards centered around performances and community events. Search results will filter out performances with unusual or incorrect descriptions, low-profile and low-budget performances featuring high-profile performers, and those featuring persons known to be deceased. Results of these searches will be reviewed by researchers to verify manifestations of SCP-XXXX. If a manifestation is suspected, members of MTF-Kappa-14 ("Merely Players") will be dispatched to assess the situation and recover relevant data as well as any civilians if necessary.

Suppression of SCP-XXXX events will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon affecting rural and suburban regions of the northeastern United States, as well as parts of Canada and the United Kingdom. SCP-XXXX manifestations typically occur in rundown or abandoned urban buildings and, less commonly, semi-remote suburban areas. During a manifestation of SCP-XXXX, nearby theaters and public message boards will display advertisements for a production typically associated with the performing arts such as a play, an opera, a concert, or similar example. In many cases, the advertisements will be for reasonably well-known productions featuring prominent figures in the chosen community, but it is not uncommon for manifestations to advertise non-existent works and feature performers who are either long dead or do not exist (see Incident Log for further details).

Performances linked to SCP-XXXX are varied in nature but tend to follow a similar pattern:

Stage 1
Attendees enter the structure currently hosting SCP-XXXX's production. They will comment to each other on how opulent and well-decorated the structure is. Descriptions vary from person to person, and will often change after multiple attendees share their descriptions. Employees of the venue can be seen conversing with those in attendance. Topics also vary, but often center around the expectations for the current production or what productions they would like to see in the future.

Stage 2
The house lights go down1 and the production begins. While the content varies between manifestations, each production is consistently described by most in attendance to be of extremely expensive and of very high quality.

Stage 3
The first act ends and intermission begins2. As attendees stretch their legs and use the facilities3, employees of the venue can be observed engaging in conversation with them. Topics of discussion bear similarities to those from Stage 1, with added topics focusing on what attendees enjoyed from the first act.

Stage 4
The second act begins4. Stage 4 displays the highest degree of variation, with descriptions bearing significant differences between attendees, up to and including the first act of a completely different production.

Stage 5
Attendees leave the production venue. Employees will interact one final time with attendees to discern how satisfactory the presentation was.


A third interview was scheduled but never carried out. She was discovered in a psychiatric hospital in Wisconson. She was noted to have been exposed to the effects of SCP-XXXX a total of █ times, the highest of any recorded subject in observation.

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