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The NYC Theater So Small It Fits Just One Audience Member

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 20, 2015

The NYC Theater So Small It Fits Just One Audience Member

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A theater so small that the best seat in the house is the only seat in the house will open once again in New York City.

The Associated Press reports the brainchild of Tony winner Christine Jones will entertain audiences one at a time from now until June 6.

The idea is quite simple; audiences queue up and are allowed to enter a theater that is all of four feet by eight feet in dimension. It’s called “Theatre for One,” and it’s just that: a performance where one person serves as the entirety of the audience, regaled with entertainment delivered by a solo actor who performs a specialized piece.  

Jones explains the impetus behind the project to the AP: “There's definitely an immediacy that happens within this. The theater acts as a kind of portal into a human being.”

Play Bill covered a set of similar performances back in 2011:

Twitter offers a brief glimpse of the 2015 iteration that will once again provide possibly the world’s most intimate theater experience:

As the report states, each performance will vary. But the AP offers insight into what you might expect from the likes of Kevin Mambo who is one of several actors who will greet audiences over the next couple of months.

The report states, “Mambo, who will be performing (Zayd) Dohrn's play ‘Love Song,’ added his own music and will play an electric guitar in the booth.”

But instead of the 5,000 he is used to, Mambo will deliver the kind of peculiar concert that serves all of one captivated person.

Jones delivered deeper insight into what caused her to create such a show at a TEDx talk in 2013:

From a chance encounter with a magician, Jones created a remarkable tiny theater that grabs one person at a time with a profoundly private performance.

The event’s website offers the where and when for those looking for a truly rare encounter with New York actors.

The diminutive theater will reside at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place from May 18 to 24 when it will move to Zuccitti Park for its performances on May 27-31. The event ends at the Grace Building, which runs from June 2-6.

The best part is the entire thing is free and just demands the time and patience of waiting in what we presume will be a sizable line.

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