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TEXT TO STANDBY AT THE PUBLIC THEATER FOR JOE PAPP FREE PERFORMANCES

At the heart of The Public's return to our flagship home on Astor Place is our commitment to health and safety protocols that ensure our return to in-person programming indoors is a safe and celebratory experience for all. For this reason, JOE PAPP FREE PERFORMANCE tickets will be distributed via a digital lottery with our new distribution partner, GOLDSTAR, for each Joe Papp Free Performance.  Separately, on the day of each performance, a limited number of free Day-of-Performance Standby tickets may become available and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by TEXT MESSAGE. 

TEXT TO STANDBY

PREPARING FOR TEXT TO STANDBY
  • Standby Requests open at 4PM ET on each Joe Papp Free Performance day. Requests before 4PM will not be accepted as an entry into Standby.
  • Requests to join Standby can only be accommodated on the performance day; requests for future dates will not be accepted. 
  • You must complete a Standby Request form to secure a spot in the standby process. Anonymous requests will not be accepted.
  • All Standby tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order of requests received or upon arrival if people are encouraged to join us closer to the scheduled curtain for releases. 
  • You are greatly encouraged to visit publictheater.org/register to create or confirm your Public Theater ID before joining Standby.
  • If you do not already have a Public Theater ID, you will be asked to create an account while completing the Standby Request form. You must provide the necessary contact information when creating your account. Unfortunately, we are unable to add you to Standby without a Public Theater ID.
  • We cannot assist international numbers for Text to Standby, and we encourage you to text us from a US number.
HOW TO REQUEST DAY-OF-PERFORMANCE STANDBY TICKETS BY TEXT MESSAGE
  1. Submit a Standby Request by texting "Join Standby [current date]" to 814.261.2463 beginning at 4PM ET on the day of a scheduled Joe Papp Free Performance. Individual text messages rates may apply.
    1. Example Text: Join Standby October 20
  2. Respond to any message prompts you may receive.
  3. The Standby Request form may close at any time.
  4. If tickets become available, you will receive an email receipt from us confirming your order. Your tickets will be held at The Taub Box Office at The Public under your name and the Public Theater ID number used when submitting the Standby Request form.
  5. Only you can pick up your tickets with a government-issued ID. Please pick up your tickets at the box office no later than thirty minutes before the scheduled curtain time of the performance. We encourage you to allow as much time as possible when picking up your tickets.
  6. If we cannot fulfill your request initially, we may accommodate you closer to the scheduled performance time in-person at The Taub Box Office at The Public. If you are interested in joining an in-person Standby line at The Public, please opt-in while completing the submission form. 
  7. We will contact you by email if we cannot offer you tickets to the performance, and for those that opt into the in-person Standby, we will let you know the following steps to join us at The Taub Box Office at The Public. 
ARRIVING AT THE PUBLIC TO PICK UP YOUR TICKETS OR JOIN IN-PERSON STANDBY
  • Please have your proof of vaccination ready to be checked upon arrival at The Public.  As a reminder, you have agreed to follow all Health & Safety protocols while requesting your tickets, and you can find out more about the plan at Safe at The Public.
  • If you received an emailed receipt for your Standby tickets, please proceed directly to The Taub Box Office located behind the lobby bar. Only you can pick up your tickets with a government-issued ID. Please pick up your tickets at the box office between 6:00PM and 30 minutes before the scheduled curtain. 
  • We encourage you to arrive early as tickets that are not picked up 30 minutes before the scheduled curtain may be released to an in-person Standby line.
  • If you did not receive tickets and were instructed to join us at The Public for an in-person Standby line, please check in directly to The Taub Box Office. Please do not arrive at The Public earlier than 1 hour before the performance, and please do not attempt to form any lines in The Public lobby. Your name will be placed on our list based on your arrival at The Public, and tickets may be offered based on availability no sooner than 30 minutes before the scheduled curtain. 

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