The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 20th annual Free For All presents 22 free performances of “Twelfth Night” from August 19 – September 5 at its Sidney Harman Hall.
This year, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has more than doubled the number of Free For All performances for the much-loved Washington tradition.
Responding to last year’s overwhelming demand for tickets, STC is introducing an on-line ticket lottery so patrons won’t have to wait in line, especially in this record-breaking heat.
Note that the lottery replaces the in-person line as the primary method for distributing tickets. Here’s how:
To enter the lottery for evening performances:
Visit http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/ffa on the day of the performance to register between midnight and 1 PM. The lottery closes precisely at 1 PM. You will be notified via e-mail if you have been selected for that evening’s performance. Tickets are limited to two per person and can be picked up from will-call starting at 4 PM. All tickets MUST be picked up by one half hour prior to show time or they will be released to the standby line (performance times vary).
To enter the lottery for matinee performances:
Visit http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/ffa on the day prior to the performance to register between midnight and 1 PM. The lottery closes precisely at 1 PM. You will be notified via e-mail if you have been selected for the next day’s matinee performance. Tickets are limited to two per person and can be picked up from will-call the day of the performance starting at 11:30 AM. All tickets MUST be picked up by one half hour prior to show time or they will be released to the standby line (matinee performances begin at 2 PM).
In “Twelfth Night”, one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a shipwreck separates twins Viola and Sebastian, but tragedy quickly turns to comedy when they wash up in a land turned upside-down by love.
STC is reviving its very popular “Twelfth Night” production from the 2008-2009 season. This production will be directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul.
STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn said, “One of the major goals of the Free For All is to make Shakespeare accessible to diverse audiences—people who have never been to the theatre, people who are unable to pay for tickets or afford a babysitter, young people, students, people on fixed incomes. They … experience the magic of Shakespeare (whose) words and ideas still resonate with us more than 400 years later.”
Former Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts Jane Alexander, a frequent Free For All attendee, recalls sitting next to “a couple with a very, very young child…They said, ‘Where else would we have the opportunity to introduce our child to Shakespeare and be able to afford it?’”
Performance dates and times:
August 19-21, 26-28, and September 2-4, at 8 PM
August 22, 24, 25, 29, 31, September 1 and 5 at 7:30 PM
August 21, 22, 28, 29, September 4 and 5 at 2 PM
For more info: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s www.shakespearetheatre.org Sidney Harman Hall Box Office, 615 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Lottery for tickets, www.shakespearetheatre.org/ffa.