The Public partnered with the ticketing app TodayTix for the mobile ticketing lottery that will launch a week prior to the first preview of each mainstage show.
Winners of the lottery will be notified via email and push notifications between noon and 3 PM on the day of the first preview. A limited number of free tickets will also be available in-person at the Public Theater. That lottery will begin at noon in the theatre's lobby.
Tickets will be offered for the following productions: The Fortress of Solitude (Sept. 30); Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Oct. 14); Straight White Men (Nov. 7); Hamilton (Jan. 20. 2015); The Total Bent (March 3); and Toast (April 3).
"We have been doing free theater in Central Park for more than half a century," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "This is a delightful, long overdue extension of the idea to our downtown shows."
"Joe Papp founded The Public Theater on the principle that great theater should be accessible to everyone, added TodayTix CEO and co-founder Merritt Baer. "We started TodayTix with a similar mission in mind: to make theater tickets affordable and help broaden access. This unique initiative perfectly reflects the missions of both of our organizations, and we couldn't be more thrilled to leverage our technology to support The Public." For more information, visit publictheater.org.