Off-Broadway's DIASPORA Offering $20 Artist Rush Tickets
Just in time for Black Friday, Diaspora begins offering $20 Artist Rush tickets starting Friday, November 24, 2017 thanks to the creative thinking of the cast.
These tickets are available 1 hour prior to each performance at the Box Office for $20 cash only. Diaspora plays Off-Broadway at the Gym at Judson (243 Thompson St) through December 23, 2017.
The idea for the Artist Rush tickets came from cast member Ava Eisenson, who plays Achinoam/Or. For the cast of twenty-somethings, asking friends to pay the Off-Broadway ticket price, normally $55.50, proved challenging. According to the producer's office, "We want everyone to be able to see this show." Offering an Artist Rush ticket allows them to give back to the community, and give back to the young people which the play commemorates.
Diaspora tells the story of a group of college age Jewish-Americans visiting Israel through the Birthright program. Olivia (Connie Castanzo) wants to reconnect with her heritage and childhood friends. Hannah (Serena Berman) is still reeling from a break up with her first real boyfriend and is looking for a distraction. Rachel (Maggie Metnick) questions the politics of the trip and her surroundings, and has a plan to see parts of the country that Birthright means to hide. While their storyline seems like "Girls Trip" or "American Pie" goes on Birthright, the ancient narrative of Achinoam and Masada starts to become more than just a talking point for the tour guide. Her people have been under siege by the Roman army and mass suicide seems like the only option for the refugees to preserve their liberty as Jews.
Diaspora is not associated with or endorsed by Birthright Israel.
Founded by Nathaniel Sam Shapiro, Red Moon Theater Company presents artistic works that challenge and provoke thought through mode, content and delivery: theater that introduces new worlds, new ideas and new forms. Through engagement with issues of our time, the company hopes to expose audiences to deep-seated truths. It is dedicated to the production of new plays and musicals of expansive constitution, standing on the shoulders of tradition and taking audiences into new territory. In a world where technology provides spectacle from around the globe in an instant, theater must rise to the competition and project its own distinct performative power. Diaspora is its first New York production.