More than 200 theatre, dance and music events will be offered at discount prices as part of the 8th annual Passport To Off-Broadway campaign. Originally conceived as a one-month promotion, the Passport program now stretches 10 weeks, Feb. 13-April 30.
Included in the discount program are such current hits as Gross Indecency, As Bees In Honey Drown, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back and How I Learned To Drive. Upcoming Off Broadway shows include Nicky Silver's The Maiden's Prayer (Vineyard Theatre), Nathan Lane in Jon Robin Baitz's Mizlansky-Zilinsky Or "Schmucks", Arthur Miller's new full-length work at Signature Theatre, Tyne Daly in Mystery School and Mark Ravenhill's controversial hit, Shopping and Fucking.
Here's how it works: A full-color newsletter ("Hot Seats") lists the events, organized by genre and neighborhood. Maps, parking and area restaurants are also provided. This newsletter "passport" offers 8 discount coupons to Off Broadway shows at such venues as the Pearl Theatre, TADA!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Cocteau Rep, NY Theatre Workshop and Primary Stages, at discounts sometimes up to 50 percent.
Where can you get the Passport? Well, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, who publish and maintain the campaign, will try to make the free newsl eiquitous in such New York venues as theatres, bookstores, train and bus stations, and tourist information sites.
The passport itself is actually a special issue of A.R.T.'s Hot Seats newspaper. Where can you get it? Well, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, who publish and maintain the campaign, will try to make the free newsletter ubiquitous in such New York venues as theatres, bookstores, train and bus stations, and tourist information sites. According to spokesperson Helene Davis, it'll even be popped into selected copies of the New York Times and distributed on Delta Shuttle flights. For more information and a free mailed copy of the Passport, call (800) 610 0713 after Feb. 1 or check out the Passports Website at http://www.sidewalk.com How does the Passport work? Each of the 10 coupons in the magazine can be used to get 10-50 percent discounts on two seats to listed shows. If you're ordering by phone, be sure to mention the coupon and to bring the coupon to the box office. Be aware that some theatres won't take discount phone reservations and others won't take credit cards for discount tickets -- the Passport will mention which these are. Also, tickets ordered via Ticket Master and Tele-Charge still carry the usual handling fee and service charge.
-- By David Lefkowitz