Visit the Theater for Free This October

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Americans can visit many local theaters for free during October, thanks to the Theater Communications Group, a national organization for America's not-for-profit professional theaters.

The program, co-sponsored by the Association of Performing Arts Service Organization, gives theater-lovers a chance to reserve complimentary tickets online to local shows between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31. Available tickets vary per region.

Some of the featured shows include Rent, Caberet and The Crucible. Many are original productions.

Check here to search for a show near you.

The organization’s goal is to increase repeat visitors to local theaters. In 2009, more than 120 U.S. cities participated in the program. Then, 714 theatres offered more than 65,000 tickets for more than 2,000 performances.

According to a survey of participants conducted by TGI, of the 2009 ticket holders, 77% had never visited during Free Night of Theater before.

The group estimates that it has introduced more than 200,000 patrons to the theater community since the program was started five years ago.

"Free Night is aimed at people who can (and do) become paying customers, while still successfully reaching groups that are currently under-represented in theatre audiences across the country," the group's website explains.

Additional tickets will become available during the month so, keep an eye on the website as new shows come up.

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