Frequently Asked Questions about FreePlay
Yes! Complimentary tickets are available through FreePlay to theatregoers 25 and under. A $5 handling fee is charged when tickets are reserved online or by phone; the handling fee is waived when reserved in person at our Box Offices at the Ahmanson, Taper, and Douglas.
Anyone 25 and under may reserve FreePlay tickets. Box Office staff will check the IDs (or any form of age verification) of all ticketholders when tickets are picked up.
When reserving FreePlay tickets, please call Audience Services at 213.628.2772 so that we can ensure we meet your needs. Learn more about our ACCESS program.
You may reserve two tickets per production. Please note that each ticketholder must show ID at the Box Office when picking up tickets.
Yes and no. As a general rule, we recommend 13 as a minimum age for participation in FreePlay. However, parents and guardians should evaluate each play individually as our minimum age recommendations fluctuate. Parents and guardians are also welcome to accompany their young people by purchasing a full-price ticket for the same performance. Please check out our Show Guide for Parents for more information.
Sure! Any parent or companion who would not otherwise be eligible for FreePlay may purchase a single ticket. You may reserve both tickets (FreePlay ticket and full-price ticket) at the same time by calling Audience Services at 213.628.2772. Please note that the full-price ticket will likely not be seated next to (or near) the complimentary FreePlay ticket.
Center Theatre Group currently is offering free tickets to the first performance of all productions at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, and most Ahmanson Theatre productions. Please visit the program page for updated information on available productions.
FreePlay tickets will be released approximately two weeks before the first performance of each production. Please refer to the FreePlay program page for dates and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get advance notice.
We cannot guarantee availability, but you are welcome to visit the Box Office and pick up a FreePlay ticket the day of the performance. You may have a better chance of getting tickets within 30 minutes of curtain in the case that any reserved FreePlay tickets were not picked up and have been released.
Unfortunately, no. In order to ensure we can provide as many playgoers as possible with complimentary tickets through this program, we take reservations beginning approximately two weeks before the performance. Our Box Office will assign seat locations on a first-come, first-served basis depending on when reservations were made.
Please pick up your FreePlay ticket at the theatre’s Box Office on the day of the performance. You must pick up your ticket and have them in-hand at least 30 minutes prior to curtain. Any tickets not picked up 30 minutes prior to curtain will be released for general sale to the public. See Box Office hours here.
If you realize you cannot attend the performance, please notify us as soon as possible (and at least two hours before curtain) by calling Audience Services at 213.628.2772. We are not able to return any applicable handling fees. FreePlay is a free program with very limited capacity. If we’re notified in advance, we are able to allow others to attend. Please note: to keep things fair, any playgoer who reserves a ticket and does NOT attend will no longer be eligible to participate in future FreePlay performances and will be removed from our email list.
Unfortunately, no. But, tickets are returned to us from time to time, so please check back frequently as the reservation system will open back up as more tickets become available.
It depends. Because we release all remaining tickets to the first performance of a production approximately two weeks in advance, some plays might have more availability than others. In the case of popular plays or anticipated sell-outs, we do hold a number of seats for FreePlay. In general, we try to make 100 seats or more available for each play.
Literally, so many. Here is a (brief) overview of some of them:
- The Backstage Club, our student (13–18) and family subscription at the Ahmanson
- The Crew, our Ahmanson subscription program for young professionals 21+
- Our Student Body mailing list will keep you informed of workshops and events for young people ages 13–23
- We offer Internships, Apprenticeships, and more resources for careers in theatre and the arts
- Check out our Education programs to see what else we’ve got going on
Center Theatre Group offers low-cost ($25–$30) tickets at all three theatres. Check out the Find Tickets on Your Budget feature on our website to easily find low-cost tickets to every show. We also encourage you to sign up for our Promos & Offers mailing list for exclusive access to discount ticket offers.
First, thank you! We aren’t able to make FreePlay tickets free without the inspiring support of our donors. Please join us. Or give us a call—we’d love to hear from you and learn more about how we can support you in paying it forward. Please contact us at 213.972.7564.