Local Theatre on the Cheap by Jenny Minich – from Now through December

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Jenny Minich is a DC native, theatre reviewer and arts blogger. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from Hood College and although she no longer performs, she’s happy to have the chance to contribute to the arts scene in DC.

“Covering the Holiday Season (Now – Dec. 31st) in DC is a daunting task! In my last post, I focused on regular discounts given by the professional theaters in the DC area. From now on, I’ll focus on specific shows, discounted performances and their associated FREE events: post-show/pre-show talks, happy hours, etc. Shout-out here to Mosaic Theater Company of DC! They are offering FREE post-show discussions open to anyone, even if you didn’t attend the show. I’d also like to highlight Pointless Theatre Company, offering discounts to the unemployed!

As many of you have noted, my list is a full list but not comprehensive. For this list I’ve only included theaters with productions in late November and December. If I’ve missed your favorite theatre or production – please chime in in the Comments Section of this post.

1st Stage (McLean, VA) – Broadway Bound Nov. 10-Dec. 18

FREE Post-Show Meet the Cast (with ticket) – 2pm, Nov. 19

Student Tickets: $15

Theater Alliance (Washington, DC) – Black Nativity, Nov. 23-Dec. 21

Student Tickets: $10 off

Radical Neighboring: 10 PWYC Tickets reserved for walk-ups

Half Price Previews: Nov. 23 & 25 at 8pm; Nov. 26 at 3pm

Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

Carousel – Oct. 28-Dec. 24

FREE Post Show Discussions (with ticket): Nov. 15 &16, Dec. 14 & 21 at 12pm; Dec. 1 at 8pm

LookingGlass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick, Nov. 8-Dec. 24

FREE Post Show Discussions (with ticket): Nov. 30, Dec. 14 & 20 at 12pm; Dec. 20 at 7:30pm; Dec. 22 at 8pm

SW Nights: Dec. 23 at 2pm

Pay Your Age – Under 30 Program: Reserve in advance!

Student Discounts: 35% off

Creative Cauldron (Falls Church, VA) – A Christmas Carol Memory, Dec. 1-20

Student Tickets: $20

Faction of Fools (Washington, DC) – The Merchant of Venice, Nov. 18-Dec. 11

ASL Interpreted: Nov. 18, Dec. 2 & 10 at 8pm; Dec. 4 at 2pm

Student Tickets: $18

Rose Theatre Company (Arlington, VA)


FIRST DRAFT New Play Reading Series: THE SILENCE OF OTHER VOICES by Richard C. Washer, Nov. 21 & 22 at 7:30pm

Folger Theatre (Washington, DC)  – The Second Shepherd’s Play, Nov. 27-Dec. 21

Under 12 YO: Half Priced Tickets

FREE Pre-Performance Discussion (with ticket): Dec. 2 at 7pm

FREE The Second Shepherd’s Play Community Sing: Dec. 10 & 17 at 1pm

Ford’s TheatreA Christmas Carol, Nov. 17-Dec. 31

Check Out: UNDER 35 Discount and Meet and Mingle with Artists

GALA Hispanic Theatre (Washington, DC) – Canto General Siglo XXI, Nov. 19

Student Tickets: $22

Happenstance Theater (Rockville, MD)

Student Tickets: $15

Opera & More: The In Series (Washington, DC)

Goyescas, Dec. 7-18

Student Tickets: $23

FREE Post-Show Audience Dialogue: Dec. 11 at 2:30pm

Director’s Salon: Nov. 21 at 7pm

Goyesquitas, Dec. 10-18

Student Tickets: $15

Kennedy Center (Washington, DC)

Check Out: FREE concerts on Millenium Stage here.

Keep Track: MyTix discounts for discounted tickets to big-ticket shows!

One sale now:  WNO: The Daughter of the Regiment, A View from the Bridge, Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker & NSO Pops: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Film with Live Orchestra

The Keegan Theatre (Washington, DC)

Six Degrees of Seperation, Nov. 5-Dec. 3

An Irish Carol, Dec. 16-31

25 & Under Tickets: $35-45

Mosaic Theater Company of DC (Washington, DC)- Milk Like Sugar, Nov. 2-27

FREE Themed Post-Show “Talk Backs” (FREE & open to the public): Nov. 17 & 21 at 8pm; Nov. 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 3pm

Student/Under 30/Neighborhood Tickets: $30

Perisphere Theater (Washington, DC) – Copenhagen, Nov. 30-Dec. 11

Tickets: $25

Student Tickets/Fringe Button Discount: $20

PWYC Preview: Nov. 30 at 8pm

FREE Opening Night/Post-Show Reception (with ticket): Dec. 1 at 8 pm

FREE  “Spotlight on Copenhagen” Post-Show Salon (with ticket): Dec. 4 at 2pm

Pointless Theatre Company (Washington, DC) – King Ubu, Dec 8-Jan 7

Under 35/Student/Educator/UNEMPLOYED: $18

Quotidian Theatre Company (Bethesda, MD):

Student Tickets: $15

Rainbow Theatre Project (Washington, DC) – The DOMA Diaries, Dec. 11 & 12 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $20

Rorschach Theatre (Washington, DC) – Klecksography, A Very Pagan Christmas, Dec. 10

Student Tickets: $20

Half Priced Tickets & PWYC Tickets are available

Note: Tickets for this show are not yet on sale, discounts may not apply…

Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD), Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberly, Nov. 23-Dec. 18

PWYC Tickets: Nov. 23 at 7:30pm & Nov. 26 at 2pm

$10 Tuesdays: Dec. 6 & 13

30 & Under: $10 off ticket

FREE Post-Show Design Discussion (with ticket): Nov. 23

FREE Post-Show Director Discussion (with ticket): Nov. 25

FREE Post-Show Discussion (with ticket): Nov. 27 & 30; Dec. 1, 4, 7-8, 11 & 14-15

#FREEBeerFriday: Dec. 2, 9 & 16

Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) – The Secret Garden, Nov. 15-Dec. 31

Check Out: Young Prose Night (Party & Drink included) for $25: Dec. 7 & 9

FREE EVENTS (With Reservation):

Happenings Happy Hour: La Ti Do Performs: Nov. 17 at 6pm

Page and Stage: Nov. 20 at 5pm

Pre-show Bookends (Creative Conversations): Nov. 30 at 5:30pm

Reflections: Dec. 10 at 5pm

Brush Up (ASL Creative Conversations): Dec. 13 at 6:30pm

Happenings Happy Hour: Local Young Adult Authors Read: Dec. 29 at 6pm

Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA)

Silver Belles, Dec. 22-24

FREE Post-Show Discussions (with ticket): Dec. 6 & 7

FREE Pride Night & Reception (with ticket): Dec. 9

Titanic: The Musical, Dec. 13-Jan. 29

FREE Post-Show Discussions (with ticket): Jan. 4 & 10

Pride Night & Reception: Jan 15 at 2pm & Jan 17 at 7:30pm

Student Tickets: $25

$22 Tuesdays & $30 Rush Tickets/Obstructed View

Synetic Theater (Crystal City, VA)- Sleeping Beauty, Dec. 7-Jan. 8

Students/25 & Under: $15-25

Studio Theatre (Washington, DC)– Straight White Men, Nov. 9-Dec. 18

Under 30 Tickets: $25

Student Tickets: $20

:30 Rush Tickets: $30

Studio District Nights: $20

FREE Post Matinee Show Discussions with Cast (with ticket): Nov. 20 & Dec. 3

Theater J (Washington, DC) – The Christians, Nov. 16-Dec. 11

PWYC Tickets: Nov. 16-17

$30 Previews: Nov. 18-19

FREE Cast Talkback (with ticket): Nov. 8 at 7:30pm

Washington Improv Theater – Harold Night

PWYC Tickets: Every Tuesday at 8 & 9pm

Washington Stage Guild (Washington, DC) – It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 25-Dec. 17

Student Tickets: Half Priced ($25-30)

The Welders – A Playwrights’ Collective (Washington, DC)

PWYC Tickets: H St Neighbors (in-person)

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) – The Second City’s Black Side of the Moon, Nov. 12-Jan 1

Stampede Seats Available: $15

30 & Under Discount: $20

WSC Avant Bard (Arlington, VA) – TAME., NOV. 3-DEC. 11

PWYC Tickets: Nov. 17 & Dec. 1 & 8 at 7:30pm & Nov. 19 & 26, Dec. 3 & 10 at 2pm

$10 Industry Night: Dec. 5 at 7:30pm

Washington Revels (Washington, DC) – The Christmas Revels, Dec. 10-18

Youth Tickets: $12-40

Adult Tickets: $18-60″

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