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By Playbill Staff
04 Jul 2013

Jonathan Tolins
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playwright Jonathan Tolins

I grew up on Long Island and when I was in junior high school, I started taking trips into Manhattan with friends on matinee days. We'd take the LIRR to Penn Station, get tickets at the TKTS booth, have lunch at Charlie's (later Sam's), see a show, and catch the train home. It was my favorite thing to do and I saw so many plays I would never have seen without the convenience and discount of the booth. I'll never forget seeing the title of a play of mine printed on one of those orange plastic signs they used to hang on the board (The Twilight of the Golds in 1993). I felt like I'd really made it.