The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles has launched a new initiative providing theatregoers 25 and under access to free tickets to the first preview performance of all productions at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Reservations will be available approximately two weeks before the first preview of each production.
The first performances offered in the FreePlay program will be the West Coast premieres of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat, which begins August 29 at the Taper, followed by Jocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, which plays its first preview September 2 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Reservations are now open for both productions.
Eligible theatregoers can sign up at CTGLA.org/FreePlay. Patrons will be allowed to reserve two FreePlay tickets. Tickets will be distributed at will call on the day of the performance.
The initiative is similar to the one launched by the Public Theater in 2014, which also offers free tickets to the first performance of every production in its mainstage season.
“Center Theatre Group’s mission focuses on introducing the largest possible audiences—from all across Los Angeles—to theatre,” said CTG Artistic Director Guy Ritchie. “Through programs like FreePlay, we are making a direct effort to welcome new theatregoers by lowering any perceived barriers of our organization or live theatre overall. It’s imperative that we strive to create a more vibrant Los Angeles with a stronger cultural fabric that supports such accessible experiences.”