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.”
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