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Teens Offered $5 Tickets to the Drama Dept.'s Rope

Drama Dept., in partnership with High Five Tickets to the Arts and the Time Warner Foundation, has announced a special deal for its production of Rope. Together, they are providing New York City teenagers with $5 tickets to the show, which is directed by Obie Award-winner David Warren. Rope, which opened on December 4th, performs off-Broadway at The Zipper (336 West 37th Street); it will run through January 15th, 2006.

High 5 is marketing and distributing this offer to attend Drama Dept.'s acclaimed production. Time Warner is funding the costs of the tickets and together they hope to inspire these teenagers to become lifelong theatergoers.

Rope's cast includes Christopher Duva (The Elephant Man), Ginifer King (Steel Magnolias), John Lavelle (The Graduate), Lois Markle (True West), Zak Orth (Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda), Sam Trammell (Tony-nominated for Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center), Neil Vipond (Strange Interlude) and Chandler Williams (Kinsey, The Mysteries at CSC).

According to production notes, "Rope tells the story of two young Oxford men who attempt "the perfect murder" to prove that they are above ordinary people. After killing a college friend, Brandon and Granillo hide the body in a trunk in their living room and host a cocktail party, serving dinner off of the trunk. The play has many similarities with the Leopold and Loeb murder case from Chicago. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the play (which, originally titled Rope's End, opened at The Theatre Masque in September 1929) for his celebrated 1948 film. In keeping with Drama Dept.'s mission of rediscovering neglected works, this production will mark the first revival of the play in New York in more than 40 years."

Rope features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Kai Harada. Rope marks the first of three planned collaborations between the critically-acclaimed Drama Dept. and The Zipper.

High 5 Tickets to the Arts is a ten-year-old non-profit organization that provides New York City teenagers free after-school programs and $5 tickets to music, theater, dance and visual arts events. The organization reaches teens in all five boroughs from all ethnic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. High 5 currently sells more than 1,300 $5 arts tickets to teenagers each month.

The performance schedule for Rope is Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m (see website for holiday schedules).
Teens can purchase $5 High 5 tickets to Rope by visiting the High 5 website at www.high5tix.org or by calling 212-750-0555. Tickets for Rope, which are regularly priced from $35 - $55, are on sale via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200), or in-person at The Zipper Box Office.

For more information, visit www.zippertheater.com or www.DramaDept.org.


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