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Neither do we.
For Broadway ticket prices that low, you’d have to hop in your time machine and head back to the late 1930s. During the years of the Federal Theatre Project, patrons could see an FTP show like One Third of a Nation or Power for about 50¢ a ticket, or about $10 adjusted for inflation. In fact, the FTP was barred by Congress from charging more than $1 (or about $20 today) for tickets to any of the Project’s productions. The FTP was created to bring theater to the people and their ticket prices reflected that mission of equal access to the arts.
In setting ticket prices for The FTP Cabaret, we wanted to create ticket options that honored the legacy and mission of the FTP. In addition to our standard Pay-What-You-Can and $30 Hero Ticket options, we’ve also added $10 and $20 levels to reflect the ticket prices of the 1930s (adjusted for inflation, of course). Choose the ticket level that’s right for you and treat yourself to a night out, FTP style.
Performances start next week (!!!) and tickets are going fast! Reserve your seats for The FTP Cabaret today!
The independent theater company’s latest cabaret celebrates the legacy of the Federal Theatre Project through theater, dance, music and poetry.
BROOKLYN, NY – April 21, 2022 – Theater in Asylum, a New York-based ensemble-driven independent theater company, today announced the latest endeavor in the Company’s cabaret series, The FTP Cabaret, a night of theater, dance, music and poetry inspired by the legacy of the Federal Theatre Project. The show will run from Friday, May 13, 2022 through Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Operating from 1935–1939 and led by the incomparable Hallie Flanagan, the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) was a federally-funded enterprise, putting thousands of performers to work creating theater across the country. The project was instrumental in reviving American theater at a moment when all but the very rich were struggling. Today, Americans again face similar economic and socio-political struggles. This cabaret will feature the work of up-and-coming artist-activists interrogating what a different world could look like through new works of theater, dance, music, and poetry.
“The Federal Theatre Project was a truly ambitious collaboration between the government and artists the likes of which we haven’t seen since,” said Paul Bedard, Co-Artistic Director of Theater in Asylum. “We assert that it is the role of the artist-activist to set ourselves to the urgent work of imagining a more just and sustainable future. The FTP Cabaret is designed to give local artists the space to do just that.”
“The FTP Cabaret will be our first cabaret production since 2020, and we are very excited to be creating new work with our artistic community again,” said Katie Palmer, Co-Artistic Director of Theater in Asylum. “We have spent the past few months learning about the Federal Theatre Project under the direction of Hallie Flanagan, and have been incredibly inspired by the work that came out of this endeavor. We look forward to turning our exploration of the FTP into original theater pieces through this cabaret as well as in future projects.”
Presented by the Jalopy Theatre, The FTP Cabaret will feature new work from Theater in Asylum, The Anthropologists, Alexis Atkinson, Dmitri Barcomi, Lila Becker and Roger Q. Mason. The cabaret will also feature tech coordination and design consultation by Dan Stearns. Rounding out the production team for Theater in Asylum are Paul Bedard (Co-Artistic Director), Katie Palmer (Co-Artistic Director), Kathryn Appleton (Managing Director), Charlotte Dow (PR & Marketing Manager) and Shubhra Mishra (Photography).
Tickets for all performances of The FTP Cabaret are on sale now at theaterinasylum.com. Ticket prices for both performances are set to reflect the cost of tickets for FTP shows during the late 1930s. Patrons can choose between $10 (the price of a ticket to an FTP show on Broadway adjusted for inflation), $20 (the maximum amount, adjusted for inflation, that the FTP was allowed to charge for tickets by the U.S. Treasury Department), and $30 (TIA’s traditional “Hero Admission”) options. There will also be a “pay what you can” option available online and at the door.
All performances will take place at the Jalopy Theatre. Audience members must show proof of vaccination to enter Jalopy Theatre and must follow all venue mask, distancing, and hand-washing guidelines when in attendance.
The FTP Cabaret is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
About Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower its community. TIA joyfully pursues rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making to create performances that investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. TIA prizes space to process, space to question—asylum—for its members and community. Past TIA productions include Occupy Prescott by Andy Boyd at the Jalopy Tavern; Hephaestus by Willie Johnson at LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival; Totally Wholesome Foods by Alice Pencavel at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild; The Brontës by Katie Palmer, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed and Sarah Ziegler at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House; and ¡Olé!, conceived and directed by Paul Bedard and Katie Palmer, presented at the Prague, Rochester, and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Other ongoing TIA projects include The Debates, a series of works inspired by local and national elections, the Cold Readings series and TIA’s Cabarets.
PR & Marketing Manager, Theater in Asylum
On Saturday April 2nd, the League of Independent Theater hosted a town hall showcasing Ukrainian artists resisting war and persisting in their art-making. We heard stories of loss and creation, fear and hope, bravery and determination. The Ukrainian people are facing brutal terror and violence, but artists there continue to celebrate life and Ukraine. We heard about writers and painters documenting this moment, performers entertaining children in shelters, and even theater companies making plays during curfew in Kyiv.
In many places in Ukraine, humanitarian aid is not able to reach those who need it. As artists told us, direct monetary aid is the best way to support them. If you are able, please consider donating to the following organizations. Ukrainian artists deserve our support, our admiration, and all the hope we can muster.
Theater in Asylum
Donate to support Ukrainian artists:
Ukrainian Emergency Performing Arts Fund
Lesia Ukrainka Theatre
City of Lviv
Lviv region (oblast’)
Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through March?! We surely can’t, but we’ve got some exciting things up our sleeves this spring that we just can’t wait to share with you!
Meet the New Members of the TIA Team!
We are THRILLED to announce four new members of the Theater in Asylum year-round team who will be helping the company grow and deepen its artistic work in the coming months. You may recognize some of these faces from past TIA projects as they have been active members of our community. Keep reading to learn more about these fabulous humans!
Brea Clemons, Cold Readings Curation Team
A Midwesterner at heart, Brea has lived in 12 states and now calls New York City home. With a BFA in stage management and a minor in nonprofit administration from the University of Oklahoma, she spent 7 years stage managing regionally for companies such as The Coterie, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Music Theater Kansas City, and The Beijing Normal Experimental Dance Company. Brea relocated to New York City in 2019 and began a career in Operations and has worked at Abramson Brothers Inc, IndieSpace, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Brea continues to work in NYC as the Programs Manager for the Indie Theater Fund; facilitating anti-racism trainings through The Big Learn; developing a new artist focused mental health initiative; and overseeing subsidized rehearsal space programming. Additionally, she can be found event planning in the Las Vegas area in collaboration with Till Death Do Us Party and Spiegelworld. When she’s not working you can find her redecorating her apartment, walking her dog along Riverside Drive, or sipping a Negroni at her favorite neighborhood cocktail bar.
Melissa Mowry, Cold Readings Curation Team
Melissa (she/her) is a Virginia-based director. Originally from Virginia Beach, she is currently active in New York City and Richmond, VA. Melissa has a BA in Music Industry and Drama from Randolph-Macon College, and her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. In 2018, Melissa was accepted into the Stage Director and Choreographer Foundation's Observership Program, where she assisted Patricia McGregor on her Production of Lights Out: Nat King Cole at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She has also worked with The Lower Eastside Shakespeare Company, The WP Theatre, The Tank, Women of Color Productions, The Secret Theatre, The Ume Group, New York Fringe Festival, and The New Group in New York; Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company in Virginia; Summit Performance Indianapolis in Indiana; and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and Gurukulam in Tamil Nadu, India.
Al Parker, Cold Readings Curation Team
Al Parker (they/them) is a creative producer and dramaturg based in New York City. They are the Associate Artistic Director of The Parsnip Ship and Producing Assistant at Page 73 Productions. They are a proud member of National Queer Theater’s Artistic Collective, and an alum of the 2020-21 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Group. Recently, they have collaborated with Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Signature Theatre Company, MCC, the Civilians, and Colt Coeur. Originally from South Dakota, they completed their studies in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at New York University. When they’re not buzzing around a theater, Al enjoys working as a freelance editor and reading everything from gothic fiction to queer theory to fandom discourse.
Charlotte Dow, PR & Marketing Manager
Charlotte Dow (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based writer, publicist, and communications professional. She hails from Philadelphia and is a recent graduate of the M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program at NYU's School of Professional Studies. Throughout her career, Charlotte has worked with several companies in the entertainment world such as Focus Features, Cinetic Marketing, Dramatists Play Service, and WME. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in The Financial Diet, Elite Daily, Hello Giggles, and more. Outside of work, Charlotte is a proud member of Sirens of Gotham, New York's premiere SSAA a capella chorus.
Join the Queens Pride Parade Book Club
And now, a message from TIA Community Member Danica Stompor:
With the support of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, I am developing an interactive digital map that charts the history of the Queens Pride Parade, interrogates the motives behind its formation, and examines what it means to publicly define an LGBTQ community.
I could use your help! As a part of this project, I’ll be asking artists to create pieces that respond to a series of readings about the parade and the history of queer life in Jackson Heights. We will meet as a book club in a series of 3-4 sessions over April to June 2022, working together to generate questions and ideas about the parade, as well as a few devising exercises to generate ideas.
By the end of the book club in June, everyone will present a piece that they’ve made in response to what we’ve discussed. This could be a song, a poem, a food dish — the sky is the limit!
If you live or have lived in Queens, it would be especially lovely to have you create with us. A small stipend of $50 will be provided to artists who contribute to the installation.
Want to join? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.