Playwrights Horizons Opens Online Lottery for First Preview of LOG CABIN
Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today for the Live for Five online lottery for $5 tickets to the world premiere of Log Cabin, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime, Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at Playwrights; "Orange Is the New Black"). Directed by Tony Award and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, The Qualms at Playwrights; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Parisian Woman), Log Cabin is the sixth and final production of the theater company's current 2017/2018 Season.
The Live for Five lottery for DANCE NATION will be for tickets to the first preview on Friday evening, June 1 at 8PM at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production has an Opening Night set for Monday, June 25 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, July 15.
Celebrating over a decade, Live for Five was created by Playwrights Horizons in 2007 as part of their Arts Access program to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. The ticketing initiative makes a limited number of $5 tickets available for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website (www.phnyc.org). Since its inception, over 2,000 theatergoers have been able to attend the theater thanks to the Live for Five initiative.
Details for the Live for Five lottery are as follows: beginning today, Monday, May 21 at 12 Noon, theatergoers can enter the lottery by filling out an entry form at www.phnyc.org/L45. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, May 23 at 12 Noon. Winners of the lottery will be notified via email no later than 3PM on Wednesday, May 23 with instructions on how to book their $5 tickets. Unclaimed tickets will be offered via email to a limited standby list starting at 12 Noon on Thursday, May 24 on a first-come, first-served basis. One or two tickets may be purchased by winners for $5 each.
The cast of Log Cabin features Obie Award winner Phillip James Brannon (Bootycandy at Playwrights, The Antipodes, The City of Conversation), Cindy Cheung (Iowa at Playwrights, "High Maintenance," "13 Reasons Why"), five-time Emmy Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award winner, stage and screen star Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family," Fully Committed, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), stand-up comedian and actor Ian Harvie ("Transparent," Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman, The Ian Harvie Show), Talene Monahon(Tell Hector I Miss Him, The Wild Party, Permission) and Dolly Wells (The Whirligig, "Doll & Em," Bridget Jones's Diary).
It's a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it's 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians - comfy in the new mainstream - sees themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal (Mr. Harvie), it's clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison's pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you'd least expect.
The production will feature scenic design by Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Allen Moyer, costume design by Lortel Award winner Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Obie Award winner Russell H. Champa and sound design by Lortel Award winner Leah Gelpe. Production Stage Manager is Amanda Spooner.
The performance schedule for Log Cabin will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Single tickets, $44-99, may be purchased online via www.phnyc.org, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).
Also reflecting Playwrights Horizons' ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer Hot Tix, $30 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime, to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. Cash only.
Live for Five and Hot Tix are two of Playwrights Horizons' popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, McGraw Hill Financial and an anonymous Individual Donor.
Currently playing at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater is the critically-acclaimed DANCE NATION, the world premiere of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning new play by Obie Award winner Clare Barron, directed and choreographed by Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans (limited engagement now extended through June 17). Following DANCE NATION, the 2017/2018 Season concludes with Log Cabin.
Flex Passes (customizable bundle, $220+) and Memberships ($45 to join, $25 preview tickets) are now on sale. Packages are available at www.phnyc.org.
Playwrights Horizons recently announced its 2018/2019 Season, which will feature (in season order): I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU, the New York premiere of a new play written by three-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Craig Lucas, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, with Sabrina Dennison serving as Director of Artistic Sign Language, featuring Marianna Bassham, Tad Cooley, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Emery, Theatre World Award winner Russell Harvard, two-time Tony Award nominee Lois Smith and Gameela Wright, and simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a shadow cast of Deaf actors, including Beth Applebaum, Kalen Feeney, Seth Gore, Dickie Hearts, Amelia Hensley,Anthony Natale and Alexandria Wailes (previews begin August 31, 2018); THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, the world premiere of a new play by Larissa Fasthorse, directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (October 2018); NOURA, the New York premiere of a new play written by and featuring Lucille Lortel Award winner Heather Raffo, directed by Joanna Settle, produced in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company (November 2018); IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA, the world premiere of a new play by Tori Sampson, directed by Tony Award nominee and Obie and Lucille Lortel awards winner Liesl Tommy (February 2019); THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE, the world premiere of a Playwrights Horizons commissioned new play written by and featuring Halley Feiffer, directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman (April 2019) and conclude with A STRANGE LOOP, the world premiere of a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, produced in association with Page 73 (May 2019).
A 6-Show Subscription package to Playwrights Horizons' 2018/2019 season is now available ($310, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater productions). In addition to discounts on all season productions, subscribers receive priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins. Flex Passes (customizable bundle, $220+) and Memberships ($45 to join, $25 preview tickets) are also now on sale. Patron packages start at $1,800. Packages are available at www.phnyc.org.
Patron Program Memberships begin at $1,800 (all but $550 is tax-deductible) and include two reserved house seats and personalized concierge service to all six Playwrights Horizons productions, as well as a variety of exclusive benefits including invitations to attend special events with artists, staff and board members. Complete benefits list at www.phnyc.org.
Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported in part by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation.
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