The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to The Off-Broadway Co-Pro of The Shaggs

What I love about the theater is that even competitors can find a way to work together.

In the wake of the financial crisis, several non-profit theaters around the country got creative about how they could continue to produce new works despite a challenging fundraising environment.  Rather than shortening their seasons, many took a lesson from The Godfather and made it their own—by not only keeping their enemies closer, but actually making them their friends.

And thus, the co-production was born, as two (or more) non-profits shared in development costs, production costs, etc.  And everyone, audience included, got to reap the benefits.

This idea was so successful, that even now that we’re climbing out of the financial worm hole we’ve been in for 2+ years, the concept continues.

There’s an example of a co-production happening right now Off-Broadway, featuring the Wonder Twin powers of two of NY’s heavyweight non-profits, Playwights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop.

The show?  The Shaggs by Joy Gregory, Gunnar Madsen and John Langs.

The Shaggs is a new musical based on a true story about a male Mama Rose, trying to turn his 3 talentless daughters into Rock & Rock icons, whether they like it or not.

And we’ve got tickets!

Here’s how you can win two tickets to The Shaggs:

Comment below, and tell me . . . in one sentence, why you should get the tickets.  For example, “I should win the two tickets to The Shaggs because I actually believed The Rapture was going to happen and now I need something to get me out of my depression.”


Comment away and I’ll pick a winner.  Good luck!

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  • Sarah P. says:

    I should win the two tickets to the Shaggs because I’m a bit of a Broadway snob who rarely exposes myself to all the quality work being done off-Broadway, and that needs to change!! Also, because I enter these things eagerly every Sunday and still have never, ever won. 🙂

  • Rebecca LaChance says:

    I should get the tickets because I was called back for one of The Shaggs sisters out of the EPA in January and LOVED the script, but I have been spending all my theatre allowance trying to see Tony nominated shows before June 12 and haven’t been able to scrounge my budget to afford this one yet!

  • Geoff says:

    I should win the two tickets to “The Shaggs” because I’ve been knocked senseless by one stupid Broadway production after another this season and if I don’t see something decent soon I’m going to be forced to sell all my wordly goods and become a roadie for “Wonderland.”

  • Emily says:

    I should win the two tickets to The Shaggs because many of my blogger friends have seen it and I need to be educated when we have theatre tweet ups!

  • Gillien says:

    I need to win the tickets because, as a teen, everyone, family included, always made fun of my singing voice. I’d find it a healing experience to see what my teen years might have been like! It’s so great that theatre has the power to heal!

  • Susan says:

    I should win the tickets because my beautiful daughter just graduated from Emerson(stage management BFA) and we are too broke (unemployed spouse) to give her a graduation present. These tickets would be perfect.

  • I should win the two tickets to The Shaggs because, as a playwright, I love to see new work produced in New York and elsewhere. And besides, I live in Boston and I need an excuse to take a bus to NY for the day.

  • Victoria says:

    I should win The Shaggs tickets because I have been recently been spending a mass amount of money on food becuase I am a recovering anorexic who is currently going through the hardest part of recovery and I need a lovely day out to NYC with my moma.

  • Andy Monroe says:

    I should win the tickets because there’s nothing I like more than a good SHAGG!

  • Erin says:

    I love the New York Theatre Workshop, but I have never been to Playwrights Horizons. I would love the opportunity to see their joint production of The Shaggs.

  • Michael R. says:

    Why should I get tickets to The Shaggs? I had an amazing first kiss with one of the cast members and haven’t really seen him since. Maybe this is a second chance at love? Pick me matchmaker!

  • Auntie F says:

    I should win the tickets to the Shaggs because it has been nearly 2 weeks since I’ve been to the theater. I consider this a very dire situation. Please help me fix it!

  • D.B. says:

    I should win because my sister and I always wanted to start a girlband, and our father wouldn’t let us.

  • Theresa Dayton says:

    I should win the tickets to The Shaggs because I’m the mother of a child actor… or he WILL be a child actor whether he likes it or not. Wait… what?

  • megs says:

    I should win the two tickets to The Shaggs because the very first time I heard their brilliantly excruciating song My Pal Foot Foot in my friend Fiona Scott-Norman’s excellent one-woman show about terrible songs (The Needle and the Damage Done), it was the hardest I’d ever laughed in my life; not only do I need that super turbo jolt of laughing-generated endorphins again, but Fiona has charged me with seeing the show and giving her a full report.
    How’s THAT for a sentence?!

  • Jordan Levine says:

    I should win two tickets to the Shaggs because I am a recent graduate who certainly could use some help with tickets.

  • I should win two tickets to the Shaggs because my daughter (age 14) is already a theater kid and we need to take notes on avoiding a toxic relationship!

  • I should win these tickets because I will be moving to New York CIty for the first time this Friday in order to pursue a career in the advancement of theater. That’s right: I want to be a producer. I have an internship for six months with a producer and I’m way too excited for life to begin. Everyone says it only gets harder….I’m not worried, I’m just ready to feel the hustle and bustle of the center of the world.

  • Lana M. says:

    I should win the tickets to the Shaggs because I’m a huge fan of rock ‘n roll & the Playwrights Theatre!

  • Erin S. says:

    A free ride to The Shaggs may be just the ticket (pardon the pun) to restoring this recession-trampled girl’s belief in the future of theater, nay, this country, nay, the WORLD.

  • Einar Gunn says:

    I should win at least one ticket because I auditioned for one of the roles, and would very much like to see who landed it.

  • Amanda says:

    I should win because I am an excellent word-of-mouth and social-networking promoter and, though I am interested in this show, I really cannot afford $150 to purchase my own pair of tickets and would miss the opportunity to enjoy THE SHAGGS and spread the word!

  • James says:

    Because the shags I recall from the sixties had more to do with rugs ‘n’ sex than with rock ‘n’ roll, I want to learn how my philosophy of that world was so sadly wanting.

  • Dan Roeder says:

    I should win because I had heard about the show, googled ‘The Shaggs’ (such an interesting story!), listened to a single song and then made a joke about it to my future roommates, who now think I have indie cred, which is bullshit, but I’d like to maintain the image with actual knowledge; and I’m a playwright, so it’ll be inspiring to see an ambitious new work of musical theatre, for once. Thank you!

  • ECP says:

    I deserve to win this therapeutic prize because–despite what my doctors claim–I suspect I am the family’s fourth talentless sibling, a male child whose own tortured tale has been hushed up far too long.

  • Cate C. says:

    I should win these two tickets – I’m a mom of 5 who just finished her 1st year of grad school [MFA in Dramaturgy] who is working so hard, trying to reclaim her former life in the theater after raising her children! Talk about a reinvention!

  • Gabriella Miyares says:

    I deserve these tickets because my friend saw the show and said she left her jaw on the floor — so I should probably retrieve it for her.

  • ALi says:

    I should win these tickets because today I had a liver biopsy and this is the only thing that will make me feel better. I wish I was joking.

  • Shannon M says:

    I should win these tickets because I went to Northwestern with Joy Gregory and David Schwimmer. Dominic Missimi, Mary Zimmerman and Frank Galati can vouch for me. So there.

  • W.C. says:

    I should win the two tickets to the Shaggs because I need to be rescued from my teensy-weensy cubicle of doom!

  • Marina B says:

    I should win 2 tickets to the Shaggs because I’ve already spent all my money on my showcase – a play I wrote and now am producing and to stave off cardiac arrest over the price of rehearsal space, insurance, stipends, etc, I need a night out in the theatre to make me feel alive again!

  • I should win tickets to THE SHAGGS because I have no idea who they are, what they did, and why there is a musical about them. I need to be enlightened.

  • Meg Rojahn says:

    I should win the tickets for The Shaggs because I just found out I’m assistant house manager for our college production of The Laramie Project and Westburo jerks have already announced the intent to protest and this will be the forth time I’ve had to deal with them, I need something to take my mind off their stupidity.

  • Ladesta says:

    I should win tickets to see The Shaggs because I giggle ever time I say “Shaggs”…heehee!

  • Geoff Kessell says:

    I should win because I have enjoyed the Shaggs’ music since discovering them in the mid-1980s, thanks to NRBQ and Frank Zappa, and I would love to see their story brought to life on stage.

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