|"Heart Beatings" Oct. 15 at CoHo/Mark Fearing|
Ticket prices for live theater can be a barrier, especially to exploring the unknown. And by "unknown" all I mean is a company that's new to us, a theater in which we've never found our seats and settled down for something unexpected, a community we haven't experienced before.
But what if the tickets were free? Would we leave our comfort zone then? The Portland Area Theatre Alliance and the Theatre Communications Group would like to think so, and they've put their free tickets where their mouth is. Starting today we can reserve free tickets to 15 different theater companies throughout October. Amazing.
I just went to the website in the link and things aren't quite up-to-date, but they will be soon. And theater companies will release new tickets into the program throughout the month, so don't be daunted by those SOLD OUT notices. Just keep checking the website.
Here are the participating PATA companies and the shows that are part of the program, but when you look at the list, you'll see some others, too. Where free is concerned, the more the merrier and the further out the better!
Artists Repertory Theatre
The Hillsboro Story
Bag & Baggage
The Glass Menagerie
Beaverton Civic Theater
Clackamas Repertory Theatre
Columbia Arts Stage Troupe
Same Time Next Year
Lakewood Theatre Company
Northwest Children’s Theatre
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Bad Seed
Oregon Children's Theatre
Alice & Wonderland: A Rock Opera
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival
Much Adoe About Nothing
Portland Center Stage
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
Kiss Me Like You Mean It