Travel Through the Imagination With 'Passports to Off-Broadway'

Travel Through the Imagination With 'Passports to Off-Broadway' Here's one passport that doesn't require a photo. It's the eighth annual "Passports to Off-Broadway" campaign that admits you to more than 200 theatre, dance and music events Off-Broadway at discount prices from 10 percent to 50 percent.
Tyne Daly in Mystery School, one of the shows available through
Tyne Daly in Mystery School, one of the shows available through "Passports to Off Broadway (Photo by Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Here's one passport that doesn't require a photo. It's the eighth annual "Passports to Off-Broadway" campaign that admits you to more than 200 theatre, dance and music events Off-Broadway at discount prices from 10 percent to 50 percent.

The program, which began in February runs through April 30.

Sponsored by the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY), the project involves productions at such prestigious venues as the Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company, The Vineyard Theatre, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, TADA! Children's Theatre, the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Queens, the Yangtze Repertory Company, as well as 11 theatres specializing in children/family programming, and 10 companies that present works of Asian American Heritage.

Discounts are being offered to many new works, including Nathan Lane in the Hollywood satire Mizlansky/ Zilinsky or "schmucks" by Jon Robin Baitz at the Manhattan Theatre Club; Tyne Daly in En Garde Arts' production of Mystery School; Tim Blake Nelson's Anadarko at Manhattan Class Company; Nicky Silver's The Maiden's Prayer at The Vineyard Theatre; and Arthur Miller's latest play, Mr. Peters' Connection, starring Peter Falk at the Signature Theatre.

There are also many established Off-Broadway hits that are on the discount agenda: As Bees in Honey Drown at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Minetta Lane; Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back at the Stardust Theatre; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Westside Theatre (Upstairs); Stomp at the Orpheum Theatre; When Pigs Fly at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre; and How I Learned to Drive at the Century Theatre.

Now, how do you apply for this fabulous passport? No, you don't have to wait on a long line at the State Department's Passport Office. According to Helene Davis, press representative for the campaign, the best way is to call the following number: (800) 610-0713. You will be sent a special issue of A.R.T./NY's newspaper called Passport to Off-Broadway, which contains not only a listing of all available events, but also eight coupons each good for two discount tickets at participating theatres. The events are listed according to genre and neighborhood. Included are maps, parking places and area restaurants.

The Passport publication advises that if you're ordering tickets by phone, be certain to mention the coupon, and bring it with you when you pick up the tickets. Passport also informs you which theatres won't take discount phone orders and others that won't accept credit cards for discount tickets. Please be aware that tickets ordered via Ticket Master and Tele-Charge still entail the usual handling fee and service charge. Passports are also available by visiting the "Passports" website at www.sidewalk.com.

Among other attractions available through the program are 10 events by Dance Theater Workshop, The Ballet Jorgen's Romeo and Juliet at Queen's Theatre in the Park, Flamenco with Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana at Thalia Spanish Theatre and two world premieres by the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater at Riverside Church. Among the concert events offered are Eartha Kitt at Queens Theatre in the Park; Libana at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Saturn Returns at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival; S.W.A.R.M., action drummers at the New Victory Theatre on W. 42nd Street; and the Town Hall Concert Series, 16 concerts ranging from chamber music to The Chicago City Limits.

Children and family performances include The Beloved Dearly by TADA!, Tales of the Lost Formicans by Monsterless Actors at Currican Theatre, The Adventures of the Stone Monkey King at New Dramatists, ArtsConnection's Children's Theatre Family Series and a Festival of Plays by Young Playwrights at the 52nd Street Project.

Solo performances include Bashevis Tales of Isaac Bashevis Singer at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, Vignettes by actress June Havoc at the Abingdon Theatre Company on Theatre Row and Brother Malcolm X at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens.

So, don't forget to bring your passports on this trip, but leave the cameras at home!

-- By Louis Botto