News: Playful Substance Offers Free Tickets for LGBTQ+ Youth for May 9th Performance of "Passing & Failing in Paradise"

Passing & Failing in Paradise, by Tori Barron, is a new play that serves up the joys, anxieties and absurdities of transition with a twist of mahalo (a Hawaiian word used to express gratitude and respect.)

Playful Substance is celebrating Trans Youth and the people who love, accept, and embrace them by offering FREE tickets to the May 9th performance (7:00pm) of Passing & Failing in Paradise.

This special performance has been made possible by generous contributions from Ronald Steckman and Pamela Steckman. Playful Substance is incredibly grateful for their kindness! Mahalo!

Ticket information will be distributed through LGBTQ+ school clubs and advocacy groups as well as on the company's Instagram page @playfulsubstance. Interested parties may contact Bree O’Connor directly at to RSVP.

Age Recommendation: Passing & Failing in Paradise is suitable for anyone (13+) who can tolerate a 90-minute show with mild profanity and a celebration of the complexity of gender identity.

In addition to our free performance night, Playful Substance offering a Share-a-Ticket program where patrons can purchase a ticket for someone who may otherwise have trouble affording the $35 ticket price. If you would like to sponsor a single ticket (or buy out the house for another youth night!), visit the campaign page at

Passing & Failing in Paradise is directed by Bree O’Connor and features Eva Wolfson, *Edlyn Griffin, Parisa Babaee, Drew Lono’ehu Tandal, Harry Phan and Regina Romero.

*Equity member appearing in this Showcase production without the benefit of a contract with permission from Actors Equity Association

Passing & Failing in Paradise will run for 10 performances, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:00 pm, May 7 - May 18, 2024 at the Chain Theatre (312 W 36th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10018).

Passing & Failing in Paradise is a wholly independent production of Playful Substance utilizing The Factory Series @ Chain Theatre rental program.

Tickets for Passing & Failing in Paradise are $35 general admission and $25 for students. Tickets and production information can be accessed at


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