Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Haven't seen a show? No excuses; SEE IT FREE

As first reported last month, you will have a chance to see plays at leading South Florida theatres ABSOLUTELY FREE. Christine Dolen discusses the Theater Communications Guild's FREE NIGHT OF THEATRE.

According to the Theatre League's press release:
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) – a national organization which promotes theatre – first conceived Free Night of Theater at their National Conference in 2003 as a way to remove perceived barriers that have historically prevented audiences from attending not-for-profit theatre. An estimated 80 per cent of last year’s attendees were first-time theatergoers. Recent attendance data gathered by Shugoll Research reports that over 33% of last year’s first-time theatergoers purchased tickets to another performance following their Free Night experience.
Christine lists ten productions that are part of this experience:
From Oct. 16-30, you can catch a performance of 1776 at Actors' Playhouse, the world premiere of William Mastrosimone's Dirty Business at Florida Stage, GableStage's production of David Mamet's November, New Theatre's world premiere of The Rant, the Jesus Quintero Studio's 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Palm Beach Dramaworks' A Moon for the Misbegotten, the Promethean Theatre's Still the River Runs, the Women's Theatre Project's Silent Heroes, JCAT's At a Loss and a staged reading of Shakespeare Miami's Macbeth.
Free Night of Theater venues will be launched on a national website, www.freenightoftheater.net, in September. Several kickoff events will be held across the country and ticket reservations will be available beginning on October 1.

Contact Andie Arthur, TLSF Executive Director, for further information on the program in South Florida; 954.557.0778. Additional information on TLSF is available at www.southfloridatheatre.com.

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