This new mobile lottery will launch one week before the first preview of each show in Fords’ 2016-2017 season — which means you still have a chance to see A Christmas Carol, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Ragtime for FREE.
It’s called The Free First Preview initiative, and it seeks to broaden access to Ford’s Theatre programming by removing price barriers and inviting those who live and work in the Washington-area community who might not otherwise consider participation in the arts.
To enter the mobile lottery, simply download the TodayTix app (available in Apple App Store, the Google Play or Amazon AppStore), open it and select “TodayTix Free First Previews” with Ford’s Theatre. Winners will be notified by email and push notification between 10 a.m. ET and 2:00 p.m. ET on the day of the first preview. Winners must confirm their winning tickets (up to two) in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified.
A limited number of partial view tickets will also be distributed through in-person lottery at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office on the day of the Free First Preview. Patrons may sign up for two tickets per person, beginning at 6:00 p.m. An email address is required to sign up. At 7:00 p.m., the box office staff will release available tickets. In-person lottery entries are eligible for partial view seats and any unclaimed mobile lottery tickets.
“The Free First Preview initiative is a wonderful opportunity for anyone—first-time audiences, long-time theatre lovers, Washingtonians and out-of-towners—to get a taste for the vibrant work we produce on stage at Ford’s Theatre,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.
This season’s remaining Free First Preview performances are:
- A Christmas Carol: November 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: January 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
- Ragtime: March 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.