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39 free (and almost free) theater in New York City (NYC)

Shakespeare said All world’s a stage. Our editors at CFT couldn’t agree more, so we give you the most complete listing of free theater performances in New York. Also, as a member, you can get exclusive free tickets to the shows, not available to the general public.

Sun, Feb 19
8:00 pm

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Performances, February 19, 2017, 02/19/2017, Interactive comedy
Sun, Feb 19
8:00 pm

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Performances, February 19, 2017, 02/19/2017, Circus show!
Mon, Feb 20
9:00 pm

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Musicals, February 20, 2017, 02/20/2017, Drama about the life of a classical musician
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According to producer Eric Vetter, some of NYC's best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE-- the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING! Every Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 21
7:00 pm

Free
Comedy Clubs, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
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Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
9:00 pm

Free
Comedy Clubs, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Gandhi, Is That You? Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
Thu, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Theaters, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, A musical based on a famous Russian story
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From Théâtre de l’Albatros in Avignon, France, comes a play that imagines a series of meetings between Coretta Scott King and radio journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. The meetings take place at a correctional facility in Philadelphia where Abu-Jamal spent 30 years on death row (and is currently still imprisoned) for allegedly murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner. Weaving together Abul-Jamal’s history with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr., the play connects the two seemingly-disparate leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to tell a uniquely American story.Written by Alain FoxTranslated by Amelia ParenteauDirected by Tyrone Henderson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
7:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Play Reading: The Last Scene
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Local Favorites Matt Azark, Jeff Cerulli and Erik Bransteen invite some of their favorites comedians to perform on this weekly showcase.  Every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, The Bombshelter Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
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Pioneering 18th-century Venetian playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni reinvigorated the commedia dell’arte tradition, injecting his comedies with realism, tighter plots, a new spontaneity, and middle-class characters. Kairos Italy Theater gives the US premiere of a staged version of his Memoirs—performed only once before under the direction of the legendary Giorgio Strehler.Written by Carlo GoldoniDirected by Laura Caparrotti in collaboration with Jay SternPresented by Kairos Italy Theater  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 24
6:30 pm

Free
Performances, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Memoirs: Performed by Kairos Italy Theater
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Unwind after a long work week. Hear some of New York's best comedians tell you about their day jobs then watch as Playground creates an original improvised show based off those stories. If you're feeling brave, drop your name into our coffee pot for the chance to have Playground interview you live on stage and create an improvised show based on YOUR job.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 24
7:00 pm

$5
Comedy Clubs, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Day Job/Night Cap Comedy Show
Fri, Feb 24
8:00 pm

Regular: $25
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Comedy Clubs, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Stand-up comedy
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Join an afternoon of local theater as members of Around the Block, an LES community arts organization, present original works around the theme of NYC and the urban experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
2:00 pm

Free
Performances, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Gold in Those Streets: Short Plays with the City as Subtext
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Join an afternoon of local theater as members of Around the Block, an LES community arts organization, present original works around the theme of NYC and the urban experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
2:00 pm

Free
Performances, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Gold in Those Streets: Short Plays with the City as Subtext
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Stand-up comedy
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Love Quest, a comedy by Mary Maguire and Steven McGraw, explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.Featuring Sandy Duncan, Jennifer Blood, Jeffrey Correia, Martin Landry, Ron Siebert, Lauren Hildebrandt.Directed by Guy Stroman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 27
6:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Play Reading: Love Quest
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Love Quest, a comedy by Mary Maguire and Steven McGraw, explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.Featuring Sandy Duncan, Jennifer Blood, Jeffrey Correia, Martin Landry, Ron Siebert, Lauren Hildebrandt.Directed by Guy Stroman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
4:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Play Reading: Love Quest
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According to producer Eric Vetter, some of NYC's best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE-- the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING! Every Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
7:00 pm

Free
Comedy Clubs, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
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Peyton Place, horses wearing blankets, bookstores, the Flushing train, John Wayne and more in this one hour comedy by Johnny Culver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 4
2:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Play Reading: The Bermuda Cruise
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Peyton Place, horses wearing blankets, the Flushing train, John Wayne and more in this one-hour comedy by Johnny Culver. With Brady Blevins, Carol Serrano, Julie Kling, Susan Neuffer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 4
2:00 pm

Free
Plays, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, The Bermuda Curse: A Comedic Play by Johnny Culver
Sat, Mar 4
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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When an anti-government demonstration turns into a riot in a small Central American country, three women face the death penalty under a new anti-terrorist law. Behavioral psychologist Ramona Ignacio is forced to find out which one poses the greatest threat to the state. Which two live? Which one dies? And is there a way to save all three?Written by Matthew Wells. Presented by the 29th Street Playwrights Collective.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, March 06, 2017, 03/06/2017, Play Reading: Barabbas
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Enjoy the unique thrill of the “theatre of the mind” with a live radio theatre experience courtesy of the celebrated and popular Fireside Mystery Theatre. Join maven of mystery Ali Silva as she leads a troupe of gifted voice actors on a tour of some of Fireside Mystery Theatre's best loved original radio plays as well as a spine-tingling performance of a classic little piece of dark literature. Live podcast taping.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Mar 9
7:00 pm

Free
Performances, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, Podcast Taping: An Evening with Fireside Mystery Theatre
Sat, Mar 11
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 11, 2017, 03/11/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Mon, Mar 13
7:35 pm

Regular: $22
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Theaters, March 13, 2017, 03/13/2017, tribute to a famous TV comedy show
Fri, Mar 17
9:45 pm

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Comedy Clubs, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Stand up comedy show
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Written by Cesi Davidson. Directed by Mary Hodges. With musical arrangement by Charles Duke.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 18
3:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, March 18, 2017, 03/18/2017, Play Reading: All Dressed Up
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 18, 2017, 03/18/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Wed, Mar 22
7:30 pm

Regular: $15
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Performances, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, talent competition
Fri, Mar 24
9:30 pm

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Performances, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, political satire and more
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Join Frank Pawlowski, long time meditator for this deep and engaging meditation workshop. Dr. Pawlowski regularly on the benefits of meditation and has been practicing himself for many years. During this workshop he will talk about the journey of finding lasting peace, happiness and a greater sense of well being.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 25
2:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Meditation for Peace and Well-Being
Sat, Mar 25
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sun, Mar 26
2:00 pm

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Performances, March 26, 2017, 03/26/2017, Interactive comedy
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Whether they’re protesting rape culture through provocative street plays or rapping about gender inequality and freedom of speech, the women we celebrate tonight are unstoppable, and art is their weapon of choice. This is an evening of powerful performances from artists who are sparking our most vital global conversations, punctuated by lively conversation with a panel of women storytellers. They will engage the audience to get up and dance and speak up to join the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 29
7:30 pm

Free
Performances, March 29, 2017, 03/29/2017, Storytelling: Girls with Guts, Grit + Purpose
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Pick Up Performance Co(s) previews David Gordon's new autobiographical performance work, during the final week of his Vincent Astor Gallery installation. The work is part of Gordon’s process chronicling his five-decade career in movement and theater art for the permanent collection in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. It is evening of scripted storytelling, movement, conversation, and images. Experience an artist examining and interpreting his own past, as only an artist can. The New York premiere of Live Archiveography will be presented by Lumberyard (formerly known as American Dance Institute) and will take place June 1-3, 2017. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

Free
Performances, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Performance Art: Live Archiveography
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A vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy Twelfth Night. When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-‘90s and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (also Viola). Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and ‘90s beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love.Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its mobile unit again this spring. Now in its seventh year, the Mobile Unit’s free tour celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the mobiler unit bringing Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 4
7:00 pm

Free
Plays, April 04, 2017, 04/04/2017, Twelfth Night: Shakespeare from The Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Sat, May 20
9:30 pm

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Performances, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, political satire and more
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The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs this play, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.Runs May 23-28, May 30-June 3, June 6-13 and June 15-18.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 23
8:00 pm

Free
Plays, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar, a Play of Politics and Power
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The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs this play, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.Runs May 23-28, May 30-June 3, June 6-13 and June 15-18.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 24
8:00 pm

Free
Plays, May 24, 2017, 05/24/2017, Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar, a Play of Politics and Power
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The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs this play, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.Runs May 23-28, May 30-June 3, June 6-13 and June 15-18.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 25
8:00 pm

Free
Plays, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar, a Play of Politics and Power
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