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Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:28

The Playwrights Realm Announces Special $1.00 Ticket Initiative for THE HATMAKER'S WIFE Beginning Aug 27








The Playwrights Realm is pleased to announce the “1 to 5 Ticket Drive,” a special ticket initiative available exclusively for the first five preview performances of their New York premiere of The Hatmaker’s Wife, a new play by Lauren Yee directed by recent OBIE Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812). Tickets for the first preview (Tuesday, August 27) are uniformly priced at $1; ticket prices increase by $1 for each preview performance that week (August 27 - $1; August 28 - $2; August 29 - $3; August 30 - $4; August 31 - $5). Tickets for September 3 and 4 are $15, and tickets for the rest of the run are $30. The Hatmaker’s Wife officially opens at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street) on Thursday, September 5.

Artistic Director Katherine Kovner said, “At The Playwrights Realm we believe first and foremost that great plays begin with great playwrights, and we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for the playwrights we work with. A huge part of that is connecting them with the audience for their plays and helping to build a larger community to support them. The ‘1 to 5 Ticket Drive’ is an initiative we are pleased to offer to ticket buyers in hopes that by removing financial barriers the work of emerging talents like Lauren Yee can be seen by as many people as possible.”

The Hatmaker’s Wifefeatures Megan Byrne as Wall, Peter Friedman as Meckel, Frank Harts as Gabe, Marcia Jean Kurtz as Hetchman’s Wife, David Margulies as Hetchman and Stephanie Wright Thompson as Voice.

In Lauren Yee's whimsical and poignant new play The Hatmaker's Wife, a young woman (Thompson) moves in with her boyfriend (Harts) expecting domestic bliss, but instead has trouble getting comfortable. Her strange new home seems determined to help out - and soon the walls (Byrne) are talking. They reveal the magical tale of an old hat-maker (Margulies) and his long-suffering wife (Kurtz), who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet, surreal story bends time and space to redefine our ideas of family, home and true love itself.

The creative team for The Hatmaker’s Wifeincludes scenic design by Carolyn Mraz, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker and sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery.

The Hatmaker’s Wife runs through September 21. Performances are Monday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with no performance on Monday, September 2. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets, visit or call (212) 279-4200, noon to 8 pm daily.


The Playwrights Realm, helmed by Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Renee Blinkwolt, is devoted to supporting emerging playwrights along the journey of playwriting, helping them to hone their craft, fully realize their vision and build meaningful artistic careers. To serve this mission, The Playwrights Realm has produced one Off-Broadway play each year since its founding in 2007, giving ample time and support to every playwright who has joined the Realm. Last season, the company produced the world premiere of Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter, which played to packed houses and received rave reviews (New York Post’s Year-End Top Ten List, Four Stars from Time Out New York). Other previous Playwrights Realm productions include Jen Silverman’s Crane Story (2011), Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco's Dramatis Personae (2010), Christopher Wall's Dreams of The Washer King (2009), Anna Ziegler's Dov and Ali (2008) and Anton Dudley's Substitution (2007). The Playwrights Realm is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to playwrights throughout their creative processes and careers, including its Alumni Playwright Program and Writing Fellows Residency.

Lauren Yee is The Playwrights Realm's second Page One playwright following on the heels of Ethan Lipton (Red-Handed Otter, No Place to Go). Page One is a program that guarantees one playwright a sweep of services for one year to aid in the advancement of his or her career. Page One services include a competitive stipend, health insurance, travel/professional development funds, a full Off-Broadway production, readings of script(s) in development, theatre tickets and midtown office space. More than just a residency for the development of one play, Page One provides a comprehensive tool kit a playwright can use to build his or her entire career. After the year-long residency, the playwright receives continued support through the Realm's Alumni Playwrights Group, which meets monthly and entitles each playwright to a public reading of a new work in the Realm's Next Edition Festival in January.

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