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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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As the Vietnam War raged in 1969, Yoko Ono and her husband John Lennon held two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, one at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and one in Montreal, each of which were intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace. The idea is derived from a "sit-in", in which a group of protesters remains seated in front of an establishment until they are evicted, arrested, or their demands are met. The public proceedings were filmed, and later turned into a documentary movie. The film Bed Peace was made available for free on YouTube in August 2011 by Yoko Ono, as part of her website "Imagine Peace." Actors will reinact the famous Bed-In and will answer questions as "John and Yoko" did...
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Performances, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Bed Peace: A Tribute to the John Lennon and Yoko One Bed-In of 1969

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Comic theater

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, European drama

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Highly original theatrical experience

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, A  play about famous Hollywood friends

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Performances, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Hilarious Romantic-Comedy Play Based on A Hit Book!

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Comedy theater

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Stand-up comedy

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Musical comedy

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Comedy play

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, solo comedy play

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Theaters, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Highly original theatrical experience

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, comedy show

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Cabaret for kids!

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Comedy play

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, An amazing evening of intimate magic

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, European drama

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Highly original theatrical experience

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Stand-up comedy

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Comedy play

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Theaters, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Highly original theatrical experience

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, Comic theater

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, Highly original theatrical experience

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, A  play about famous Hollywood friends

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, Comedy play

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Theaters, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, Highly original theatrical experience
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By Ken Jaworowski. Five characters find their lives veering between comedy and tragedy as each comes to a turning point: an ex-con starts a coaching job at an inner-city high school; an accountant struggles to keep her cool amid various disasters; a nun who doubts her faith is presented with a terrible dilemma; a blind man gets a second chance at sight; and a mental patient may just be more sane than those around her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, August 30, 2015, 08/30/2015, Play Reading: The Patron Saints

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Performances, August 31, 2015, 08/31/2015, Exploration of music and story telling

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Theaters, August 31, 2015, 08/31/2015, Comic theater

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Theaters, August 31, 2015, 08/31/2015, Comedy play

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Performances, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Exploration of music and story telling

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Theaters, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Comedy play

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Performances, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Exploration of music and story telling

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Performances, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, talent competition

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Theaters, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Comedy play

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Theaters, September 03, 2015, 09/03/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, September 03, 2015, 09/03/2015, Comedy play
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
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Theaters, September 04, 2015, 09/04/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew

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Theaters, September 04, 2015, 09/04/2015, A play about a famous American figure
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This is a free Public Works musical adaptation conceived and directed by Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. The Odyssey will feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Theaters, September 04, 2015, 09/04/2015, A Musical Adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey

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Theaters, September 04, 2015, 09/04/2015, Comedy theater

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Theaters, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, A play about a famous American figure

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Theaters, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, Cabaret for kids!
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
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Theaters, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew

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Theaters, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, A play about a famous American figure
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This is a free Public Works musical adaptation conceived and directed by Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. The Odyssey will feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, A Musical Adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 06, 2015, 09/06/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew

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Theaters, September 06, 2015, 09/06/2015, A play about a famous American figure
Theater |
This is a free Public Works musical adaptation conceived and directed by Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. The Odyssey will feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Theaters, September 06, 2015, 09/06/2015, A Musical Adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey
Theater |
This is a free Public Works musical adaptation conceived and directed by Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. The Odyssey will feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Theaters, September 07, 2015, 09/07/2015, A Musical Adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 11, 2015, 09/11/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew

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Theaters, September 11, 2015, 09/11/2015, Comedy theater
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Since 1989, Circus Amok has brought its funny, queer, caustic, political, one-ring spectacles to diverse neighborhoods throughout New York City. Circus Amok blends traditional circus skills – tight rope walking, juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, clowning – with experimental dance, puppetry, music old and new, gender-bending performance art and improvisational techniques. Circus Amok invites audiences of all ages to envision a more empowered life of community interaction while enjoying a celebratory spectacle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, Circus Amok: Roving Performances
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A free operetta-for-the-streets that tours 13 locations in all 5 boroughs of New York City. Begun in the early 1970s and embodying the grassroots ideals of that decade, Street Theater aims to raise social awareness in the communities it performs in, creating civic dialogue that inspires a better understanding of the world beyond the communities' geographic boundaries. This year the musical is called "Teach it Right, or Right to Teach."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, The Annual Summer Street Theater
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
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Theaters, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 13, 2015, 09/13/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew
Theater |
A free operetta-for-the-streets that tours 13 locations in all 5 boroughs of New York City. Begun in the early 1970s and embodying the grassroots ideals of that decade, Street Theater aims to raise social awareness in the communities it performs in, creating civic dialogue that inspires a better understanding of the world beyond the communities' geographic boundaries. This year the musical is called "Teach it Right, or Right to Teach."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 13, 2015, 09/13/2015, The Annual Summer Street Theater
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
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Theaters, September 18, 2015, 09/18/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew

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Theaters, September 18, 2015, 09/18/2015, Comedy theater
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
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Theaters, September 19, 2015, 09/19/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew
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This multi-disciplinary project series is a monthly showcase of women's performance, writing, and film/video. Don't miss this month's dynamic evening of incredible artistry by these uber talented women creatives, hosted by the illustrious Helene Galek. Theme: "If I could tell the world one thing, it would be...", curated by Kendra Augustin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 19, 2015, 09/19/2015, International Women Artists' Salon
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A strong-willed, wild and perverse couple is hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this screwball comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 20, 2015, 09/20/2015, The Drilling Company presents The Taming of the Shrew
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A free operetta-for-the-streets that tours 13 locations in all 5 boroughs of New York City. Begun in the early 1970s and embodying the grassroots ideals of that decade, Street Theater aims to raise social awareness in the communities it performs in, creating civic dialogue that inspires a better understanding of the world beyond the communities' geographic boundaries. This year the musical is called "Teach it Right, or Right to Teach."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, September 20, 2015, 09/20/2015, The Annual Summer Street Theater
Staged Reading |
Sep 20, 2015 NEW YORK FOIBLES: TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY by Jack Feldstein THE VOICES OF JULIE LEVINE - When Julie Levine's father re-appears, he's obsessed with an insane plan concerning the Jews of New York. One that drives Julie crazy in every way. THE CONFESSIONS OF PETER McDOWELL - In the cutthroat world of New York theater, middle-aged artistic director and playwright Peter McDowell must face his greatest challenge ever when 19 year old playwriting genius, Andrew Livingston enters the scene. And forces Peter McDowell to face his worst nemesis. Himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, September 20, 2015, 09/20/2015, Play Reading: New York Foibles

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Theaters, September 25, 2015, 09/25/2015, Comedy theater
Staged Reading |
By Dana Leslie Goldstein. Decades after they marched together for civil rights, the friendship between two academics is tested when a racially charged controversy flares up at the campus where they teach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, September 27, 2015, 09/27/2015, Play Reading: Go Down, Moses
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SkowheganPerforms, now in its fifth season, invites Skowhegan alumni to activate the entire park with an afternoon of performance and art. The site-specific works are interspersed throughout the park’s landscape, public artworks, and inspired by Socrates’ unique outdoor setting and 15th Annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 03, 2015, 10/03/2015, SkowheganPERFORMS: Performance and Art
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