Free Shakespeare Tickets? Prithee Ask Your Councilmember
If the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Free for Fall performance of Twelfth Night is as good as the one the troupe put on in 2008, audiences are in for a treat. This year there's even more positive news: No longer must audiences wait in line in the middle of the day to secure the free tickets. Instead they can enter an online lottery on the day of. Just like they said in Jacobian England: Total win-win.
But that's not the only way to get in the door. Turns out D.C. theatergoers can also hit up their councilmembers for a seat. Last night was Ward 1 night. Tonight council chair Vincent Gray has vouchers to give away. At-large councilmember Kwame Brown has vouchers to hand out tomorrow. The vouchers can then be traded for tickets, at the latest a half-hour before the show.
STC publicist Lindsay Mady says the company gave each ward's councilmember 200 vouchers, and 100 to each at-large member. Ward 1 councilmember Graham announced he was handing some out last night via Twitter. I have no clue what Gray is doing with his; I left a message at his council office, but haven't heard back. A spokesperson from Kwame Brown's office says vouchers were distributed to constituents and several civic groups.
As for the mayor? Mady says the Shakespeare Theatre Company didn't give him any vouchers. "We gave them to the specific Wards and At Large members so that the distribution of tickets could be diversified and reach all of D.C.," she writes in an e-mail. "Nothing political at all."
Here's the full list of who has tickets when, via STC:
August 20 – Vincent Gray (8 p.m.)
August 21 – Kwame Brown (8 p.m.)
August 22 – Ward 8 (7:30 p.m.)
August 24 – Ward 3 (7:30 p.m.)
August 25 – Ward 4 (7:30 p.m.)
August 26 – Ward 5 (8 p.m.)
August 27 – Michael Brown (8 p.m.)
August 28 – David Cantania (8 p.m.)
August 29 – Ward 6 (7:30 p.m.)
August 31 – Ward 7 (7:30 p.m.)
September 1 – Ward 2 (7:30 p.m.)
September 2 – Phil Mendelson (8 p.m.)