Beginning this weekend with the opening of “District Merchants,” the New Jewish Theatre will offer free tickets to all furloughed government workers.
In conversation with New Jewish Theatre and Jewish Community Center (JCC) staff members, the idea emerged as something they could do to show their support for the furloughed workers.
“Part of the work we do is share stories with the community and create conversations. At a time when thousands of government employees are out of work we wanted to open our doors for them,” Edward Coffield , Artistic Director of NJT. Any government employee can receive 1 free ticket to any performance of “District Merchants” by presenting a government work ID at the box office. District Merchants opens Thursday and runs through February 10th. www.newjewishtheatre.org 314/442-3286
In addition to free theatre tickets, for the duration of the government shutdown, the JCC (with locations in Creve Coeur and Chesterfield) will offer free membership for affected workers. To verify eligibility, they must show a current government-issued ID.
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.