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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.


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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, A timeless tale of love, marriage...and commerce

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, An amazing evening of intimate magic

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Performances, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, One-woman show

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, A timeless tale of love, marriage...and commerce

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Stand-up comedy

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Play probing the mysteries of dating

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Performances, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Classic British farce

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Theaters, February 01, 2015, 02/01/2015, Play probing the mysteries of dating

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Performances, February 01, 2015, 02/01/2015, Classic British farce

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Theaters, February 01, 2015, 02/01/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, February 01, 2015, 02/01/2015, a show full of freedom and explosive power
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Clarendon County, a rural community in South Carolina, was the battleground of black sharecroppers, domestic workers, laborers and clergymen who joined with the NAACP to fight for better schools for Black children. This small but mighty group of brave visionaries filed their lawsuit, Briggs v Elliott, in 1951. This was the first of five cases that led to the breakthrough 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education
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Staged Readings, February 02, 2015, 02/02/2015, Play Reading: The People of Clarendon County by Ossie Davis

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Theaters, February 02, 2015, 02/02/2015, Two Different Takes on a Famous Love Affair

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Theaters, February 03, 2015, 02/03/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!

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Theaters, February 04, 2015, 02/04/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, February 04, 2015, 02/04/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 05, 2015, 02/05/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Theaters, February 05, 2015, 02/05/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, One-woman show
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
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Theaters, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Performances, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Comedy in East Village

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Theaters, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Comedy theater

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Theaters, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!

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Performances, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Comedy in East Village

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Performances, February 06, 2015, 02/06/2015, Comedy in East Village
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A reading of the play by Croatian playwright Marjan Alcevski, followed by a conversation with artists from Southeastern Europe chaired by Larry Wolff from the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. Presented by Origin Theatre Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Play Reading: Control by Marjan Alcevski
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!

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Performances, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport

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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, One-woman show
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Performances, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Comedy in East Village

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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain

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Theaters, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!

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Performances, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Comedy in East Village

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Performances, February 07, 2015, 02/07/2015, Comedy in East Village
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Theaters, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, One-act love story

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Theaters, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, Musical with Tony Award-Winner!

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Theaters, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain
Staged Reading |
Five actors. Five actors that Hollywood chewed up and spit out. Now this is their last chance, their last chance to score big and produce that dream movie. They’ve studied their craft, rehearsed for months, learned every line, and now it’s gonna take all their acting chops to pull off the heist of the century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, Screenplay Reading: Armed and Delirious by Timothy Scott Harris and Bob Manus

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Theaters, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, One-woman show
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Founded in early 2013 by artist/performer Carly Monardo and indie-folk band Ibex (Giancarlo Sutton, Eli Taylor, &amp; Jason Loomis), Now We Are Friends brings together improv, sketch comedy, and live music in a fun and friendly environment! The night is expertly emceed by stand-up comedian Justin Morgan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 08, 2015, 02/08/2015, Now We Are Friends Variety Show
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A tree-lined street, a dinner party, teen girls, secrets, tragedy, lies, a bloody cut, some étouffée and a night that will never be forgotten - Gated uncovers the truth that lay beneath the pleasant facade of everyday life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, February 09, 2015, 02/09/2015, Play Reading: Gated by Megan Hart
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A tree-lined street, a dinner party, teen girls, secrets, tragedy, lies, a bloody cut, some étouffée and a night that will never be forgotten - Gated uncovers the truth that lay beneath the pleasant facade of everyday life.
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Staged Readings, February 10, 2015, 02/10/2015, Play Reading: Gated by Megan Hart

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Theaters, February 11, 2015, 02/11/2015, One-act love story

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Theaters, February 11, 2015, 02/11/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain
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This one-woman show traces the hilarious and miraculous occurrences of a New York-based performer's career path. Following a musical trail that leads back to the discovery of her grandfather's music, the piece features new compositions written with Ted Kociolek and Rachelle Garniez alongside songs by Ernest Tubb, Kurt Weil, Zalmen Shnur, Lazar Weiner, Herman Yablokov, various operatic snippets, improvisation and more. Written and performed by Deborah Karpel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 12, 2015, 02/12/2015, Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, a One-Woman Show by Deborah Karpel
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
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Theaters, February 12, 2015, 02/12/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Theaters, February 12, 2015, 02/12/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
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Theaters, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling
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Producer Eric Vetter's talented lineup of performers features comic/podcaster Liam McEneaney (Tell Your Friends); author/comedian Leighann Lord (DICT Jokes) and some special guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, No Name Comedy/Variety Show

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Theaters, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, Comedy theater
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Storyteller: Regina Ress
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, Professional Storytelling: 'Adi, Song of Agan'

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Theaters, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
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Theaters, February 14, 2015, 02/14/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Performances, February 14, 2015, 02/14/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
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Theaters, February 14, 2015, 02/14/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling

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Theaters, February 14, 2015, 02/14/2015, Multimedia theater for your brain
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Amphitryon is a comedic tale of Roman gods in disguise meddling in the affairs of mortals. Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 15, 2015, 02/15/2015, Molière's Amphitryon: Roman Gods' Meddling
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About one in ten Americans suffer from depression in any given year. SOMETHING IN THE WAY is a drama about how depression affects us and those we love. Journey along with the newly-married Grace and Eddie as they battle against this debilitating menace.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, February 15, 2015, 02/15/2015, Play Reading: Something in the Way by Gary Giovannetti
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Comedian Hari Kondabolu begins his final semester as artist-in-residence by interviewing some of his comedy friends in front of a live audience. Kondabolu will also perform new material and stories developed during his residency. Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He was most recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kondabolu released his debut stand-up comedy album Waiting for 2042 in March 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 17, 2015, 02/17/2015, The Hari Kondabolu Show: Brainy Comedy

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Theaters, February 18, 2015, 02/18/2015, One-act love story
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In an enchanted wood, four lovers flee Athens, unaware that their romantic squabbles and parental difficulties will soon be overshadowed by magic. The king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, pit their wits and wills against one another, in the process turning all into libidinous lunatics while Titania herself falls in love with a buffoon turned ass. Throw in a group of simple rustics rehearsing a play and a mischievous fairy named Puck into the ensuing chaos, this hilarious romp proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 19, 2015, 02/19/2015, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A College Production
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Producer Eric Vetter's talented lineup of performers features comedian Kevin Avery (writer on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"), alt-folk singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino (creator of New York Annual Funny Songs Festival); author/storyteller Michele Carlo (Fish Out Of Agua); illusionist Lee Alan Barrett; and a surprise guest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 20, 2015, 02/20/2015, No Name Comedy/Variety Show

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Theaters, February 20, 2015, 02/20/2015, Comedy theater
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In an enchanted wood, four lovers flee Athens, unaware that their romantic squabbles and parental difficulties will soon be overshadowed by magic. The king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, pit their wits and wills against one another, in the process turning all into libidinous lunatics while Titania herself falls in love with a buffoon turned ass. Throw in a group of simple rustics rehearsing a play and a mischievous fairy named Puck into the ensuing chaos, this hilarious romp proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 20, 2015, 02/20/2015, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A College Production
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Edinburgh Festival comedy vets Matt Nagin and Harmon Leon deliver two solo shows…IN ONE EVENING! Harmon Leon has made a moniker for himself infiltrating reality TV shows and the worst places in America; as chronicled in his stories in VICE. Matt Nagin has appeared on TV in such acting roles as cannibalistic sailor, gay Amish man, human limb dealer, and Jesus. These two comedic performers both bring you multimedia extravaganzas. Two shows for the price of one!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 20, 2015, 02/20/2015, The Infiltrators: Two Comedy Shows for the Price of One
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Presenting performances of these short plays by these writers: Thinking Of Her Made Him Think Of Her – Jack Helbig Morning, Mourning - Elizabeth Ruelas Bless Their Hearts - Kay Poiro The NYC Fermenters Meetup Group – Wade Savitt Ask Zsuzsanna - C.J. Ehrlich Great Men - Tony Defeo English Class – SgWeintraub POW(Mother/Father) - John Ladd Live at the Scene – James Shoberg
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 21, 2015, 02/21/2015, The Piney Fork Theater Playwriting Winter Festival 2015
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In an enchanted wood, four lovers flee Athens, unaware that their romantic squabbles and parental difficulties will soon be overshadowed by magic. The king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, pit their wits and wills against one another, in the process turning all into libidinous lunatics while Titania herself falls in love with a buffoon turned ass. Throw in a group of simple rustics rehearsing a play and a mischievous fairy named Puck into the ensuing chaos, this hilarious romp proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.”
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Theaters, February 21, 2015, 02/21/2015, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A College Production

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Performances, February 21, 2015, 02/21/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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In an enchanted wood, four lovers flee Athens, unaware that their romantic squabbles and parental difficulties will soon be overshadowed by magic. The king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, pit their wits and wills against one another, in the process turning all into libidinous lunatics while Titania herself falls in love with a buffoon turned ass. Throw in a group of simple rustics rehearsing a play and a mischievous fairy named Puck into the ensuing chaos, this hilarious romp proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.”
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Theaters, February 21, 2015, 02/21/2015, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A College Production

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Theaters, February 22, 2015, 02/22/2015, One-act love story

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Theaters, February 26, 2015, 02/26/2015, Finally, someone said what we were thinking!

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Theaters, February 27, 2015, 02/27/2015, One-act love story

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Theaters, February 27, 2015, 02/27/2015, Comedy theater

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Performances, February 28, 2015, 02/28/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport

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Theaters, February 28, 2015, 02/28/2015, One-act love story

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Theaters, March 13, 2015, 03/13/2015, Comedy theater

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Theaters, March 20, 2015, 03/20/2015, Comedy theater
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Presenting performances of these short plays by these writers: Hello Mom – Lauren Snyder /> Time and Again – Susan Masters Reaching Out – William Glenn Nothing Could Surprise Me – Alain Cloarac Meters – John Pastore Why this Script… - Kurt Sass Live at the Scene – James Shoberg GPS/SOS - Bonnie Culver Juliet – Charles Lupia After Dark – Lavinia Roberts Henrietta - Joe Krawczyk A Birthday Party - Mark Harvey Levine
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, March 21, 2015, 03/21/2015, The Piney Fork Theater Playwriting Winter Festival 2015

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Theaters, March 27, 2015, 03/27/2015, Comedy theater
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