09 August 2007

This Is Getting Silly

I'd stop, but Playwrights Horizons keeps doing cool things. From Playbill:

There will be no more waiting in line for Playwrights Horizons' Pay-What-You-Can ticket deal on the first day of previews.

Playwrights Horizons is introducing a new online lottery ticket system that will give theatregoers access — from home — to low-price seats for the first preview performances of its productions.

In the new initiative, part of the theatre company's "Arts Access" program, theatregoers will be able to enter the lottery via the Playwrights Horizons website (www.playwrightshorizons.org) approximately one week prior to the performance, with winners of the lottery announced two days prior to the performance via email.

For each Mainstage and Peter Jay Sharp show produced by Playwrights Horizons, at least 50 first-preview tickets will be available via the lottery.

PH's "Arts Access" program "allows the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theatre ticket."

100 Saints You Should Know, a world premiere, will play its first performance on Aug. 24 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Details for the lottery for 100 Saints are as follows: Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12 noon, theatregoers can enter the lottery by filling out an entry form on the company's home page at www.playwrightshorizons.org. Entries will be accepted up until Wednesday Aug. 22 at 12 Noon. One or two tickets may be purchased for $5 each. Winners of the lottery will be notified by email on Aug. 22 with instructions on how to book their $5 tickets.

I've already got my tickets for this show, but I wouldn't put it past me to try my luck with the online lottery anyway - it's a beautiful script and a ridiculous cast (Janel Moloney, Jeremy Shamos, Will Rogers, etc.), and I've got a strong hunch I'll want to see it more than once.
All that ever stopped me from doing the PH Pay-What-You-Can was the annoyance of shlepping over to the theatre (all those three blocks away) without the assurance of actually getting a ticket. But I love anything lazy I can do from my computer, and theatre for five bucks is really hard to beat.


Anonymous said...

You mean ridiculous in a positive way, right? Like, ridiculously good?

Jaime said...

Yes, anonymous. Ridiculously good.

I've gotta be careful - otherwise Playwrights Horizons will stop using a link to my blog in lieu of pull-quotes.

Anonymous said...

Ah, good then! I really wish I could go, but New York's a bit far...

They do? Actually, I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

same anonymous fellow

Jaime said...

No, they don't. I've just written enough gushingly excited posts about their upcoming season that it has been joked about by someone I know there.

Anonymous said...

Now? I get it! Thanks for explaining, I thought it might be a joke, albeit a private one.