WASHINGTON, DC – August 14 – theatreWashington today announced plans for Theatre Week 2018, a three-week celebration that will offer $15 and $35 tickets to over 20 productions, a free Kickoff Party, and other free special events.
This celebration of Washington’s theatre scene – unquestionably one of the best in the country, with a vast array of theatres offering quality performances – includes musicals, dramas, comedies, and theatre for young audiences. Details are available at TheatreWeek.org, and tickets are available for purchase through the TodayTix app and website.
“Theatre Week gives access to the array of professional theatres in the Washington area and it’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about what’s here,” said Amy Austin, theatreWashington’s President and CEO. “Try something new—go to a contemporary production if you’re generally a classics fan, see a new play if you’re accustomed to musicals. We’re lowering the cost to entice people to take a chance. And most importantly, increase access and inclusion to the outstanding work on our stages.”
As theatreWeek’s official ticketing partner, TodayTix continues its longstanding partnership with theatreWashington with the united effort of making theater widely accessible to all. Audiences will be able to use the TodayTix app and website to purchase tickets from participating Theatre Week theatres, gaining access to more than 20 discounted productions and the free Kickoff Party.
“We’re proud to partner with theatreWashington to support and celebrate Washington-area theater,” said Brian Fenty, Co-Founder and CEO of TodayTix. “Making theater accessible to anyone who wants to enjoy it is at the core of our mission, and Theatre Week is a wonderful initiative that not only provides this access but helps audiences discover the diverse and exciting theatrical offerings DC has to offer.”
Theatres participating in the ticket discounts for Theatre Week 2018 are: 1st Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, The In Series, The Klunch, The Lab for Global Performance and Politics, Mosaic Theater Company, Olney Theatre Center, Rainbow Theatre Project, Rep Stage, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theater, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Theatre Week is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In addition to ticket discounts, Theatre Week will encompass four FREE special events: a Kickoff Party, a Historic Theatre Walking Tour with NPR’s Bob Mondello, a special ShowTunes & Cocktails with Helen Hayes Award Recipient Felicia Curry, and the Tour de Theatre, a community bike tour of area theatres. All of these events are free and open to everyone. Calendar details are below. Registration is available at TheatreWeek.org.
Event: Theatre Week Kickoff Party
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC
Description: Join theatre-makers from across the DMV for an afternoon of performances, demonstrations, conversations, and giveaways at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Come talk to a designer or director, learn about your favorite company’s upcoming offerings, and maybe even discover a theatre you didn’t know anything about! Backstage tours, giveaways, meet-and-greets with representatives from companies large and small, and performances are all on the menu at this rousing celebration of the 2018-2019 theatre season. Local restaurants and beverage companies are there to share food and drinks with you too — and it’s all free and open to theater lovers and newcomers alike.
Tickets for the free event are available through TodayTix.
Event: Historic Theatre Walking Tour with Bob Mondello
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Meet at National Theatre – 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Description: Join NPR senior arts critic Bob Mondello for an evening outing among the landmarks of downtown Washington. We’ll gather at National Theatre for introductions, then meander through the city’s core, talking along the way about playhouses where local and national theatre history has been made. Count on surprising and maybe even scandalous stories from one of DC’s most beloved cultural commentators. The other stop on the tour is Ford’s Theatre (naturally).
Event: ShowTunes & Cocktails with Felicia Curry
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Location: Beacon Bar & Grill – 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Description: Especially for Theatre Week, we’re taking our monthly ShowTunes & Cocktails evening and turning things up to 11 with a very special guest headliner. Helen Hayes Award recipient Felicia Curry will join us at the Beacon Bar & Grill as we gather ‘round the baby grand to belt out show tunes and cabaret favorites with the incomparable Glenn Pearson at the keyboard.
Event: Tour de Theatre
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Description: Back by popular demand: this free community bike tour led by Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr. In this relaxed-pace excursion through the nation’s capital area, we’ll visit some of the hidden (and not so hidden) gems of the Washington theatre community, including Arena Stage and Signature Theatre. So fill up your Camelbak, strap on your helmet and join us to explore the breadth and diversity of the area’s stages. Snacks and water provided at stops along the ride route.
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