Billy Porter, Lindsay Mendez, Harvey Fierstein, Marin Mazzie and More Share TKTS Memories

By Playbill Staff
04 Jul 2013



Douglas Carter Beane
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Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane

"If it weren’t for TKTS, I wouldn’t have two shows on Broadway right now," Beane told Playbill in a recent feature. When he was 16, he informed his folks he wanted to go to New York to do theatre. They had a counter suggestion: "Go to New York for one weekend, see some shows and see if you like it." A glamorous, worldly friend in high school told him how to proceed. "Her name was Ellen Walter, and she said, 'Go to the little booth in Times Square that says TKTS. That stands for TicKeTS, and it's put there by TDF, which stands for Theatre Damn Near Free.' So I went.... I came home and I said, 'I have to do this for the rest of my life,' so I will be in TDF's gratitude forever."  Continued...