WORKING THEATER IS A 32-YEAR OLD PROFESSIONAL OFF-BROADWAY THEATER COMPANY DEDICATED TO PRODUCING PLAYS FOR AND ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE.
Working Theater believes the transformative experience of live theater should not be a privilege or a luxury, but a staple. We want working people, Americans working in the industrial and service economies, who may be unable to afford commercial theater prices or feel that it does not resonate with their lives and experience, to make play-going a regular part of their cultural lives. Toward that goal, we offer low ticket prices and tell stories that reflect a diverse population of the working majority, that acknowledge their complexity and oft-denied power in an increasingly complex world, which we hope will unite us in our common humanity.
Since 2015 we’ve been immersed in a multi-year project, FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY, in which teams of commissioned artists have engaged communities in each of the five boroughs of New York City to write, develop, and perform plays celebrating the cultural identity of each neighborhood being explored.
In addition to our educational programming and multiple development opportunities for writers and directors, our 2018 season will feature the off-Broadway premiere, borough-wide tour and community engagement activities of Alternating Currents by Adam Kraar, directed by Kareem Fahmy- the third production to come out of the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative. Your contribution will bring this entertaining and powerful story about the unique working-class utopian community of Electchester in Flushing, Queens to life. Alternating Currents looks at the contradictory forces at work in a community confronting political and demographic changes. Both a love letter to the spirit of community in Electchester and a cautionary tale about the difficulties of sustaining community in the face of increased diversity, the play is particularly relevant as it reflects a major challenge facing our nation today. I hope you will join us in our efforts to positively impact the communities with whom we work, by promoting unity, changing how we relate to each other, and engaging in a cross-neighborhood conversation about the issues facing all of us. Please give as generously as you can today so we can serve the thousands of working people who think of Working Theater as a theater to call their own.