Often called an "opera for beggars," Atlantic Theater Company will make available two seats to each performance for only 3 pennies a piece. In a theater first, entering the lottery program will be completely mobile via TodayTix to make sign-up simple.
Neil Pepe, Atlanticâ€™s Artistic Director said "Atlantic Theater has always strived to be innovative with the work we put on stage and are excited to do the same with 3PennyTix."
"One of our missions is to make going to the theater easy and affordable for everyone. Naturally, we are thrilled at the opportunity to offer this first-of-its-kind lottery for The Threepenny Opera!" says Merritt Baer, CEO and Co-founder of TodayTix.
To enter the lottery, download TodayTix on your mobile device and select any performance up to a week in advance. Lottery winners will be notified four hours before the selected performance begins. Be sure to bring 3 pennies to the box office when picking up the tickets to drop in their "beggar's cup."
The Threepenny Opera features a celebrated cast of 15, including Academy AwardÂ® winner F. Murray Abraham, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Lilli Cooper, Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Timothy Doyle, Rick Holmes, John Kelly, Sally Murphy, Tony AwardÂ® nominee Laura Osnes, Daytime Emmy AwardÂ® winner Michael Park, Tony AwardÂ® nominee Mary Beth Peil, Cristina Spina, Paola Styron, and John William Watkins.
The Threepenny Opera will begin previews Wednesday, March 12, officially open Monday, April 7, and play a limited eight-week engagement through Sunday, May 4, 2014 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).
Legendary artist Martha Clarke helms this fresh, vibrant production of The Threepenny Opera, the captivating classic with music by Kurt Weill, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht in an English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
Based on John Gayâ€™s The Beggarâ€™s Opera, The Threepenny Opera follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath (Park) and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. When Macheath marries Polly Peachum (Osnes), the straight-laced daughter of powerful, miserly merchant JJ. Peachum (Abraham), their unlikely union unleashes the chaos of manhunts, bribes, and imprisonment. In this â€śopera for beggars,â€ť an assortment of salacious characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society.
The Threepenny Opera will feature scenic design by Robert Israel, costume design by Donna Zakowska, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Clive Goodwin, musical direction by Gary S. Fagin, animal training by William Berloni, and casting by Tiffany Little Canfield, CSA, Telsey + Company.
TodayTix (Merritt Baer, CEO & Co-Founder; Brian Fenty, Operating Chairman & Co-Founder; Elizabeth Williams, Partner and Theatrical Founder) is bringing Broadway and Off Broadway into the 21st century with its first class, easy-to-use interface and exclusive concierge service. Offering an unparalleled customer experience by leveraging best practices from hospitality, venture capital and consumer brands, TodayTix caters to last minute ticket-buyers (approximately 40-50% of Broadway tickets are now purchased week-of) and customers seeking a transparent, one-stop shopping experience for live theatrical events. TodayTix, Broadway's first mobile-only ticketing platform, makes tickets to a range of live theatrical events in New York City available to users up to one week in advance, and at the best available prices (with one of the lowest convenience fees in the industry). Unlike traditional ticket-buying interfaces, purchases can be made in 30 seconds or less, with just a few taps. TodayTix utilizes enterprise-grade mobile and payments infrastructure built by leading developers who design for scale and security.
In building a scalable platform for venues as well as consumers, TodayTix has partnerships with many New York institutions, including The Public Theater, New York City Center, Roundabout Theatre Company and more.
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by todayâ€™s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences. Since its inception over 28 years ago, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including Tony Award-winning productions of Spring Awakening and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); world premieres of Women or Nothing, Almost an Evening, Offices and Happy Hour (Ethan Coen); The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Martin McDonagh); Body Awareness (Annie Baker); Romance (David Mamet); Through a Glass Darkly (Bergman, adapted by Jenny Worton); Farragut North (Beau Willimon); Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Adam Rapp); Bluebird and Harper Regan (Simon Stephens); What Rhymes With America (Melissa James Gibson); The Lying Lesson (Craig Lucas); 3 Kinds of Exile (John Guare); Storefront Church (John Patrick Shanley); Blue/Orange (Joe Penhall); Port Authority and Dublin Carol (Conor McPherson); Writerâ€™s Block (Woody Allen); American Buffalo and Edmond (David Mamet); The Cider House Rules(adapted by Peter Parnell); Good Television (Rod McLachlan); Celebration & The Room, The Collection & A Kind of Alaska and The Hothouse (Harold Pinter); Gabriel (Moira Buffini); Oohrah! (Bekah Brunstetter); Mojo, Parlour Song (Jez Butterworth); Boysâ€™ Life and The Lights (Howard Korder); Distant Fires (Kevin Heelan); Missing Persons (Craig Lucas).
Atlantic has garnered 12 Tony AwardsÂ®, 12 Lucille Lortel Awards, 15 Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama League Awards. Atlantic also operates The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which has an undergraduate program in conjunction with NYU, as well as a two-year professional acting program and a six-week intensive workshop every summer. Atlantic for Kids and the Educational Outreach Program partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.
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