We believe theater should not be a luxury or privilege but available and accessible to all who want to participate. Towards that core belief we are introducing a sliding scale tickets model to our Working Theater audiences.
Our suggested ticket price will remain at $30 which may be more than affordable for some or absolutely prohibitive for others. $30 in no way reflects the real economics of producing this show and paying our artists a living wage- that would be much more than a $30 ticket. It is simply what we hope is a comfortable median from which you can make your own decision about what your current circumstances can bear. If you can pay more, please do. If you need to pay less, please do.
We also recognize that accessibility is not only about available cash but also about the perceived elitist(exclusive) nature of theater itself. We want to make play-going a regular part of our cultural lives. All are welcome here. These stories are yours. So you decide and let’s hold each other up as a community and welcome each other into a room not determined by economic means, class, race, religion or culture. We made this… for you.
We are so very grateful to our thoughtful and generous community,
Team Working Theater
Use the below guidelines to help decide what tier of sliding scale tickets is right for you and your circumstances.
$100: Pay it forward
I am comfortable and able to meet all of my basic* needs. I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I own my home, or I rent a higher-end property. I own/ lease a car, or I can always afford public and private transport. I am employed, or do not need to work to meet my needs. I have regular access to healthcare. I have access to financial savings. I have an expendable** income. I afford vacations or to take time off.
I may stress about meeting my basic* needs, but still regularly achieve them. I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I have access to a car and can afford gas, or I can afford public transport and often private transport. I am employed or self-employed. I have some financial savings. I have some expendable** income. I have access to healthcare. I can take a vacation annually, or every few years without financial burden.
$62: The real cost of your seat
I am able to meet my basic* needs. I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I own my home, or I rent a property. I own/lease a car, or I can afford public and private transport. I am employed or self employed. I have access to healthcare. I have access to some financial savings. I have some expendable** income. I can take a vacation without financial burden.
$10 – $0 Access
I frequently stress about meeting basic* needs and don’t always achieve them. I have debt, and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs. I have unstable housing. I sometimes can’t afford public or private transport. I am unemployed or underemployed. I have no access to savings. I have no or very limited expendable** income. I do not have the ability to take time off without financial burden.
Adapted from Califia Collective’s The Green Bottle Sliding Scale
*Basic Needs include food, housing, clothing and transportation.
**Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a cafe, buy new clothes, books and similar items each month, etc.