Free Night of Theater 2009 Event – This is a NATION WIDE event so I will include information on all three cities that house our three fine actors and play host to his or her thousands upon thousands o’ stories. Note: there are over 20 states participating in Free Night this year so please check out other cities other than the three highlighted within this blog.

Where: Union Sq and 14th

When: October 15th, 12-6pm EST

Why: “The idea for Free Night of Theater is so simple, it can be easy to miss how ground-breaking it is and how remarkably effective it has proven to be. Many individual theatres and regional service organizations have free ticket giveaways or discounted ticket programs, but Free Night has several unique components that set it apart from those programs.

“First, it is a nationwide program offering tickets to a broad range of performances. Second, from the outset, the program has gone beyond one-night success stories to focus on what happens after a participant sees a show for free. Participating theatres are offered tools, suggestions, and training on how best to work with Free Night patrons to encourage them to return, and retention rates and patterns are carefully measured. Finally, Free Night is aimed at people who can (and do) become paying customers, while still successfully reaching groups that are currently under-represented in theatre audiences across the country.

“Put together, these elements add up to what really makes Free Night unique as an audience development initiative–it works. Year after year, in city after city, this program has reached people who don’t go to the theatre, given them a memorable cultural experience, and converted a startling number of them into regular attendees. In 2009, TCG continues to work closely with APASO (Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations), city and state arts councils, and city and state government agencies as managing partners to produce the Free Night of Theater program.”

FREE NIGHT SHOW LISTINGS FOR NYC: http://www.freenightoftheater.net/shows/show_listings.cfm

FREE NIGHT SHOW LISTINGS FOR CHICAGO: http://www.freenightoftheater.net/shows/show_listings.cfm?region=22

FREE NIGHT SHOW LISTINGS FOR LA: http://www.freenightoftheater.net/shows/show_listings.cfm?region=7

*This is the project that I have been interning all-over for the past month as it is hosted by TCG.*

The Free Night program online ticket reservation system will begin in most participating regions on or about October 1, 2009.

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