Student ticket offering at Kitchen Theatre kicks off with student mixer this week

Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company will offer discounted advance tickets to area students for remaining plays this season. The $20 ticket offer begins with Ironbound, playing this week through February 4th.

The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca’s west end. 14850 file photo.

The Kitchen’s previous student offerings included Student Rush tickets, offered for $15 an hour before each performance, with no guarantee there would be any seats available, or Pay What You Can tickets, offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the first Sunday and first Tuesday performance of each production.

“We were talking about attracting students to plays and realized that our policies weren’t helping,” the Kitchen Theatre’s associate producing director Lesley Greene tells us. “And sometimes we have had to turn people away, something we don’t want to do.”

The new plan offers a $20 ticket to all students with valid student ID, and they’re available for sale in advance as soon as each show’s ticket sales open. Students can book tickets by phone or online at kitchentheatre.org, and show their student IDs when picking up tickets at Will Call. (Student Rush and Pay What You Can tickets will remain available.)

Greene says the Kitchen Theatre is kicking off the new student offering with a “Back to School” Student Mixer this Wednesday night, January 24th, at 6:30pm. Students are welcome to meet fellow college students, and enjoy free snacks and specially priced $4 student cocktails and mocktails. Following the mixer will be the 7:30pm performance of Ironbound, with Ithaca College sophomore Adrian Abel Amador as a cast member. Of course, the general public is welcome at the performance.

Directed by Kitchen Theatre artistic producing director M. Bevin O’Gara, Ironbound is a play by Polish playwright Martyna Majok that follows hardworking Polish immigrant Darja over the course of three relationships, two decades, and three presidential administrations. “You seldom see plays that are both harsh and wonderful, but that is the balance that Polish-born playwright Martyna Majok strikes,” wrote the Washington Post of the play, “brimming with humor, wit, and a lot of heart.”

The Kitchen Theatre is at 409 West State Street in Ithaca, and tickets are available at kitchentheatre.org, by calling 607-272-0570, or in person at the box office from 10am-6pm Monday through Friday and 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

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