100 Theatres Sign on for Samuel French’s Free Ticketing Initiative | Playbill

Industry News 100 Theatres Sign on for Samuel French’s Free Ticketing Initiative Playwrights Welcome offers free day-of tickets to eligible playwrights at these participating venues.

Samuel French, one of the world’s largest licensing and publishing organizations for plays and musicals, has announced 100 additional participating theatres in the Playwrights Welcome program. The initiative was created by Samuel French for Dramatists Guild of America.


Playwrights Welcome offers available tickets to Dramatists Guild members and student members on the day of a performance free of charge at participating theatres as a way to productively use tickets that would otherwise go unused.

“With Playwrights Welcome, theatre writers can do what has previously been almost impossible due to the prohibitive cost of tickets both in New York and across the country: stay current with their craft,” President of the Dramatists Guild Doug Wright said in a statement.

The theatres offering the program benefit as well. “The Alliance thoroughly enjoys welcoming Atlanta-based Dramatists Guild members to our productions, especially since we offer a group Playwrights Welcome night during the run of every show in our season,” said Celise Kalke, Alliance Theatre Director of New Projects, in a statement. “The playwrights help to build word of mouth and have become a cornerstone of our audience engagement activities.”

Beginning March 27, these 100 additional theatres across 26 states will host the Playwrights Welcome initiative. For a full list of participating theatres, click here.

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