Love at first sight, blind dates, late night hook-ups, and ugly breaks-ups unfold in this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience comprised of short plays inspired by the New York dating scene and set throughout Fat Baby’s three levels. Cruise the characters and grab drinks as you choose what to watch and which summer fling (or shitshow) to follow.

Play/Date is an immersive and voyeuristic theatrical experience set throughout the three levels of Fat Baby, a nightclub and lounge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During the performance, the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, allowing guests to view and experience the “show” as it emerges in unlikely ways from unexpected directions.

After admission, guests can move around the bar, lounge and balcony – following scenes as they move or proceeding from one scene to the next.


Play/Date is produced by Blake McCarty, Sharon Counts & Michael Counts, in partnership with 3-Legged Dog

Conceived by Blake McCarty
Directed and Designed by Michael Counts

Featuring new plays by: Elle Anhorn, Chad Beckim, Clay Mcleod Chapman, Kelly Claunch, Matthew Cleaver, Jennie Gruber, Ashlin Halfnight, Emily Kaczmarek, Claire Kiechel, Greg Kotis, Catherine Lacey, Blake McCarty, Isaac Oliver, Jamie Roach, Joe Salvatore, Emily Chadick Weiss & Sara Jo Wyllie

With performances by: Samantha Amaral, Elle Anhorn, Matthew Cleaver, Sharon Counts, Laura Delhauer, John Del Vecchio, Salvador Garcia, Jacqueline Guillen, Tim Haber, Stevi Incremona, Nick Lewis, Ben Maters, Penny Middleton, Lee Anne Mitchell, Ryan Rickenbach, Dara Swisher, Tarion Taylor & Ilana Warner

Lighting Design by Ryan O’Gara
Sound Design by Marcelo Añez
Costume Design by Márion Talán
Video Design by Phillip Gulley
Associate Directors: Daryl Embry & Katie Naka
Assistant Producer: Kyle Scott
Stage Manager: Bethany Clark
Operator & DJ: Caleb Sharp
Assistant Stage Manager: Laura Cornwall
Video Post-Production: Peter Burr & Cameron Vokey
Media Consultant: Moema Umann
Choreography: Penelope McCourty
Assistant Lighting Designer: James Lewis
Wardrobe Assistant: Kate Fulop


Play/Date pushes boundaries – both artistic and personal – and takes theater one step further in the process.”

Read more from Time Out New York’s feature on the show.

“Poking the Fourth Wall: New York Bars Offer Interactive Theater Experiences”

Read more from The New York Times’s article on Play/Date.

Play/Date “set[s] the bar for immersive theater”

Read more from Village Voice’s feature on the show.

“The integration of the audience into the piece heightens engagement and creates a powerful and welcome element of contemporary theatricality. Run down to Fat Baby soon, and maybe even take a date”

Read more from review of the production in Gay City News.

“Whether you go alone, bring friends, or go with a date, Play/Date promises a highly entertaining and one-of-a-kind social and theatrical experience.”

Read more from Theatre is Easy’s review.

“I’ve always wanted to make work that reflects my own sense of wonder, and create experiences for people that fully engage them and require them to explore and discover.”

Read more from the Clyde Fitch Report’s interview with Michael Counts.

“I’m psyched about the site specific aspect of this – seeing a play in a bar with other plays going on at the same time is going to be a real treat. Pretty dope stuff.”

Read more from Indie Theater Now’s interview with playwright Chad Beckim.

“Tony-winning Urinetown writer Greg Kotis to contribute to Play/Date, 3-Legged Dog’s new immersive theatrical experience…”

Read more from Theatremania’s announcement of the show.

Play/Date creates an electrifying mash-up of live performance, digital communication, and New York nightlife….”

Read more from BroadwayWorld’s announcement of the production.

For press inquiries, please email press@playdateny.com


All performances will take place in Manhattan at Fat Baby,
located at 112 Rivington Street near the F, M & J Trains at Delancey/Essex.


Tickets through August 27
starting at only $30.


Tickets are available for performances every Sunday through Wednesday.

Standard Tickets allow guests access to all levels and bar seating on a first come, first served basis.

Table Reservation Tickets allow guests access to all levels and a reserved table with waiter service before, during and after the show.

Friends-with-Benefits Tickets allow guests priority access to the venue when the house opens for the evening (skip the line), a premium reserved table with waiter service, and Friends-with-Benefits only access to select scenes and show elements.

For more information, please email reservations@playdateny.com.


If you are interested in learning more, please email info@playdateny.com