First and Second Church, 66 Marlboro St, Boston; (617) 247-7388
In spite of the name, this is one of Boston’s oldest established companies dedicated to the development of original plays (that’s the new part). These works are all by Massachu-
ARTS/Boston makes two options available for those who want theater, music, and dance on a budget. Buy day-of-performance tickets at half-price at the BOSTIX booths at Faneuil Hall or Copley Square; or, join ARTS/Mail (for free!) and get similar deals in advance. setts-based writers, several of whom have gone on to wider acclaim. This is where you can see their diamonds-in-the-rough, in both simple readings and full productions.
Each January, in fact brings the annual NEWorks festival, which presents a whole batch of workshop productions over a two-week period. You can buy tix to individual plays, or a special discounted pass that’s good for the whole shabang. NT also offers acting classes, including a serious two-year conservatory program, which presents classic plays throughout the season. Tickets are usually around $10 for individual productions, and less for conservatory shows.