Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some Good News in a Bad Economy

Long Wharf Theatre sold more single tickets on Cyber Monday than it did on any single day over the past five seasons, and perhaps longer.

More than 230 tickets were sold on Nov. 26 for The Killing of Sister George alone. The next closest shows were Carousel during the 2007-08 season (188 tix) and The Fantasticks (157 tickets.) The theatre also did robust sales on the remaining plays: January Joiner, by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting; Curse of the Starving Class, by Sam Shepard, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein; Ride the Tiger, by William Mastrosimone, directed by Edelstein; and Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, directed by Ting.

There are several factors at play, Long Wharf Theatre administrators believe. In addition to tremendous interest in the return of Kathleen Turner to Long Wharf Theatre, patron curiosity in the renovated Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck Theatre is high.

Long Wharf Theatre has already set box office records this season on Stage II. Satchmo at the Waldorf, by Terry Teachout, directed by Edelstein and starring John Douglas Thompson, was the highest grossing show in the 35 year history of Stage II. Satchmo is currently playing at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.

For more information about the 2012-13 season or to purchase tickets to a show, call 203-787-4282 or visit www.longwharf.org.

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