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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, December 22, 2014, 12/22/2014, A new play presented by Tony Award winner

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Theaters, December 22, 2014, 12/22/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theaters, December 24, 2014, 12/24/2014, Two Different Takes on a Famous Love Affair

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Performances, December 26, 2014, 12/26/2014, Comedy in East Village

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Theaters, December 26, 2014, 12/26/2014, hilarious interactive parody...

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Theaters, December 26, 2014, 12/26/2014, A new play presented by Tony Award winner

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Performances, December 26, 2014, 12/26/2014, Comedy in East Village

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Performances, December 26, 2014, 12/26/2014, Comedy in East Village

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Performances, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport

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Performances, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Comedy in East Village

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Theaters, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Stand-up comedy

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Theaters, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, A new play presented by Tony Award winner

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Performances, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Comedy in East Village

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Performances, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Comedy in East Village
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With: Reggie Watts (new Late Late Show bandleader) Janeane Garofalo (The West Wing) An interview with Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny (#NEWSFAIL, Citizen Radio) A special Two Boots Pizza Dedication Ceremony
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 05, 2015, 01/05/2015, Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour, with Janeane Garofalo

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Theaters, January 09, 2015, 01/09/2015, Comedy theater
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Theatre of the Oppressed and the 13 Theatre Troupe present Blood/Work: You Shoulda Told Me, which examines the connections between education, employment, and access to information regarding an individual’s health. Blood/Work is an original, interactive forum play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, January 12, 2015, 01/12/2015, Blood/Work: You Shoulda Told Me, an 'Interatcive Forum Play'
Staged Reading |
Debuted at The Folksbiene in 1950, this spiritual drama written in 1949 chronicles the first wedding among survivors, symbolizing their return to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, January 12, 2015, 01/12/2015, The Wedding in Foehrenwald: Reading of a Yiddish Play
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Huffington Post arts and books editors are teaming up with Electric Literature and BOMB Magazine to host a night of trivia. Get ready for 1.5 hours of arts, books and culture revelry. There will be prizes. There will be a cash bar. And there will impeccable trivia emceeing, courtesy of special guest and bestselling author Jacob Tomsky. The night will consist of three rounds of trivia, plus a reading from Heads in Beds mastermind Tomsky. Show up before 7:15pm on January 14 to register your team. Teams should have a max. of 6 people - feel free to show up alone and join forces with other trivia nerds too!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 14, 2015, 01/14/2015, ABC Trivia
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Join Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz for the second installment of Hey Ladies LIVE! This time, the holidays remain stressful for some fearless women. Jen and Brad are "trying for a baby," SOMEONE goes home and sleeps with their old HS gym teacher and Nicole's only asking Santa for gift cards to Forever 21 that can be bartered for bottomless brunch. Ali just wants a bike (but like a cute one, guys are into bikes!) and Katie is "working on a novel" about her basic friends (fictional, obv). They'll be reading some old stuff, some new stuff, and YOUR submissions of real Hey Ladies emails, and guess what? THE SAME CAST IS BACK. Thanks Taylor, Chantal Strasburger, Molly Mulshine, Veronica De Souza, Jessie Guy-Ryan, Alison Griffin Vingiano, and Brendan O'Connor. Bring your Ladies, bring your boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, roommates and children.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 15, 2015, 01/15/2015, Hey Ladies Live!: Home for the Holidays

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Theaters, January 16, 2015, 01/16/2015, Comedy theater
Staged Reading |
To be presented: Glory Everlasting POW-The Father Ashes Scarface And The Gimp If Only Plants Could... Tying the Knot The In-Between Time A Difference In Taste Museum of the Basement With: Laura Merrill, Nancy Gray, Eric Leeb, Dale Davidson, Jocelyn Wilmouth, Johnny Culver
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, January 17, 2015, 01/17/2015, An Afternoon of Short Plays by John Ladd

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Theaters, January 22, 2015, 01/22/2015, Finally, someone said what we were thinking!
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During Ask Roulette, strangers ask each other any question they want, big or small, in front of a live audience. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it’s built on trust — you can only ask a question once you’ve answered one. If you prefer, you can just be part of the crowd. Questions are serious or silly, and answers are short or long. Over the course of the evening, you’ll get unexpected connections, surprising anecdotes, and honest conversation. You’ll also laugh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 29, 2015, 01/29/2015, Ask Roulette Third Birthday Show

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Theaters, January 30, 2015, 01/30/2015, Comedy theater

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

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Theaters, February 13, 2015, 02/13/2015, Comedy theater

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Theaters, February 20, 2015, 02/20/2015, Comedy theater
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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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Theaters, February 27, 2015, 02/27/2015, Comedy theater

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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
Staged Reading |
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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Concert | French chanson and jazz

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Theater | A new play presented by Tony Award winner

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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