Natasha Richardson and John C. Reillyin A Streetcar Named Desire
(Photo © Joan Marcus)
Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly
in A Streetcar Named Desire
(Photo © Joan Marcus)
Two-Fer/Two Weeks...AND THEN SOME, a special half-price ticket discount festival, features theater, music, dance, visual arts, and outdoor cultural attractions throughout New York City, offering discounts to over 100 performances/events. The festival runs from Wednesday May 4 through Wednesday May 25, and is coordinated by The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), the leadership organization for New York City's 400 not-for-profit Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway companies, and the New York City Arts Coalition, whose advocacy efforts have had a major impact in restoring and maintaining support for the not-for-profit arts in New York.

More than three dozen theater productions are participating in the discount festival, including the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, Memory House at Playwrights Horizons, The Argument at the Vineyard, The False Servant at Classic Stage Company, all wear bowlers at HERE Arts Center, Slag Heap at the Cherry Lane, and Miss Julie at Rattlestick Theatre. Other highlights include Amateur Night at the Apollo, Dan Faulk's Funky Jazz Trio at the Queens Historical Society, and family-friendly events such as a Truffala Papermaking Party and a Yoga Garden for Children at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

By creating a "limited" discount offer, the festival emphasizes the sheer breadth of talent that is available to New Yorkers every day, and to those visiting the City from across the country and around the world -- while making it easier to attend these cultural events. In addition to eliminating any perceived or actual price barriers, the Coalition and A.R.T./New York will prepare a short survey that will be distributed to participating organizations, so that the field can both quantify and qualify the positive economic, social, and cultural benefits which the arts bring to each and every community they serve.

TheaterMania.com serves as the official website of Two-fer/Two Weeks....AND THEN SOME and has set up a special guide to the Two-Fer festival that can be found by clicking here. The site provides information on each and every offering, and new participants will continue to be added throughout the promotion. Visitors to the site can either purchase tickets in advance from TheaterMania, be directed to links to various participating box offices, or purchase tickets at the door. Theatre Development Fund (TDF) provides the official phone line through its New York City OnStage phone number 212-768-1818. The official media sponsor of the festival is WNYC New York Public Radio.