What is Pay What You Can Night?

By Jordan Nickels | Theatre has always been a great form of entertainment and a community voice, opening up a dialogue about certain issues. Florida Studio Theatre has always made it a primary goal to “creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price.” However, FST continues to find ways to make the arts more accessible to an even broader audience.

Pay What You Can Night are special performances when audience members can pay whatever they see fit for their ticket and enjoy a night at the theater. There is no minimum payment or any set prices for how much a person has to pay, only what they feel comfortable giving that night. This gives some members of our community a chance to see a show they may not have been able to attend otherwise.

We continue the tradition this year with our third show in our main stage season, brownsville song (b side for tray) by Kimber Lee:


Synopsis: Tray Thompson is not just a name, not just a statistic. Set against the gritty backdrop of rundown Brooklyn, brownsville song is a poignant, and uplifting story of one family’s courage and endurance after a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior’s dreams forever. Left to pick up the pieces, his family must find hope and resilience within their tight-knit Brooklyn borough.

Pay What You Can Night will be on Saturday, February 18th at 8:00pm in the Gompertz Theatre. For more information, please contact our Pay What You Can Night coordinator, Patrick Jackson pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org. If you are interested in tickets or reserving seats for your local community group or organization, please contact Phyllis Silverman psilverman@floridastudiotheatre.org.

In a season with so many different stories, it’s important to include our audience members from all walks of life in order to continue the conversation and better our communities in the process.

See pictures from last year’s Pay What You Can Night performance of Butler:


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