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TICKETS

Booking now through November 5.

Friends-with-Benefits
starting at $95

FWB Tickets allow guests priority access to the venue, a premium reserved table with waiter service, and exclusive access to select scenes and show elements.

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Table Reservations
starting at $75

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

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General Admission
starting at $55

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

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Tickets are available for performances every Sunday through Wednesday.

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

ABOUT

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, as guests move through the bar, lounge and mezzanine – following scenes as they move or constructing their own adventure.

Love at first sight, blind dates, late night hook-ups, and ugly breaks-ups unfold in this one-of-a-kind theatrical event comprised of short plays inspired by the New York dating scene. Featuring new works by Tony Award winner Greg Kotis, acclaimed novelist Catherine Lacey, and Off-Broadway stalwarts Chad Beckim, Joe Salvatore, Isaac Oliver, Ashlin Halfnight, Claire Kiechel, and many more under the direction of “mad genuis” (New York Times) Michael Counts. Cruise the characters and grab drinks with a DJ providing the score as you choose what to watch and which love story (or fling) to follow.

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TEAM

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 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, Sharon Counts, Laura Delhauer, John Del Vecchio, Salvador Garcia, Jacqueline Guillen, Tim Haber, Stevi Incremona, 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
Associate Producer: Kevin England
Assistant Producer: Kyle Scott
Stage Manager: Bethany Clark
Operator & DJ: Caleb Sharp
Assistant Stage Manager: Iliana Paris
Video Post-Production: Peter Burr & Cameron Vokey
Choreography: Penelope McCourty
Assistant Lighting Designer: James Lewis

PRESS

Play/Date is “broadening the definition of theater”

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

“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.

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

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

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.

Play/Date “takes immersive theater to new horny heights”

Read more from the New York Observer’s review the show.

“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.

“This blend between cynicism and empathy that makes Play/Date surprisingly moving”

Read more from Litro Magazine’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.

For press inquiries, please email press@playdateny.com

VENUE

All performances take place on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at Fat Baby,
located at 112 Rivington Street near the F, M, J & Z Trains at Delancey/Essex.

CONTACT

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