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September 29, 2008
Free Theater Returns!

The successful Free Night of Theatre returns to Sacramento on October 1. That's right - free - as in you don't pay anything for tickets but you do have to have tickets.

Twenty area theatre companies are involved including American River College, B Street Theatre, Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, Broadway Sacramento and The Cosmopolitan Cabaret, Capital Stage, Celebration Arts, Chautauqua Playhouse, City Theatre, Garbeau's Dinner Theatre, Imprint Theatre Company, River City Theatre Company, River Stage, Rocklin Youth Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sierra College Department of Theatre, Stage Nine Theatre, UC Davis Theatre and Dance Department, Woodcreek High School Theatre Arts and the Woodland Opera House.

The expected participation of over 160 Sacramento region and Bay Area theatre companies in a collaboration of The League of Sacramento Theatres (The League), Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA) makes ours the largest Free Night of Theater (FNOT) event in the country. All show listings are available for a preview online at seeaplay.com. To access the listings a new Free Patron I.D. program is available so anyone interested can create a free login and see exactly what is there. Interested audiences will need a Free Patron I.D. to get Free Night tickets and should do so before the October 1 giveaway.

Now a national event with over 90 cities across the participating Free Night of Theater will offer an estimated 9,000 free tickets in the Bay Area and Sacramento with new groups of tickets available every Wednesday from October 1 through October 22 through at seeaplay.com.

Now in it's fourth year FNOT has proved incredibly successful at attracting new audiences to theater. 75% of the people who came to Free Night 2007 were visiting that theatre company for the first time, and 56% of them had seen two or fewer other live arts events in the last year. 80 %of the audience was under 50 years old and 41% were people of color.

This will be the third consecutive year Sacramento area theater companies will be involved in the event which has steadily grown in popularity.

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