September 11-26, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30
Saturday matinees at 2:00

CURRENTS: 716 will kick off our inaugural season under new leadership. With special support from the Golden and Goldman Philanthropic Fund, Alleyway has commissioned fifteen local playwrights to create solo performances that will be filmed on location in sites across the Queen City.

A combination of short sketches, monologues, poetry, ASL, and dance, CURRENTS: 716 will take audiences on an eighty-minute ride across our region into the distinct and diverse lives of Western New Yorkers during this extraordinary moment.

Tickets on sale now. Trailer coming soon.


Don’t just sit back and relax, get in on the action. Join us for these special events, and share the experience with other audience members watching simultaneously from their homes. It’s our answer to the social distance intermission mingling! All events are included in the ticket price unless noted.

  • Opening Night Celebratory Toast
    Live on Zoom, join Artistic Director Chris J Handley for a celebratory toast before the premiere of CURRENTS: 716 on Friday, September 11 at 7:15pm. Dress in your finest Armchair Black Tie and raise a glass to the new season of theatre. Then, click over to watch the premiere at 7:30. Join us as we launch our 41st season, and the first under our new leadership, in this… well… very socially distanced way.

It’s BYOB… but when you make an additional donation at the time of ticket purchase of at least $15, an Alleyway staff member will deliver a mini bottle of bubbly to your door the day of the event. Not applicable for Honorary Student tickets. Valid for Friday September 11 performance only. Please email us if you’d prefer non-alcoholic champagne.

  • Actor Chats – Thursday Nights Post Show
    Join us for these impromptu Q&A sessions with the actors following each Thursday night performance. Buy a ticket for a Thursday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.
  • Artistic Chats – Friday Nights Pre Show
    Artistic Director Chris J Handley will host a pre-show Zoom session before each Friday night performance at 7:15pm. You’ll be able to hear what’s in store for Alleyway in the coming months, and join in the conversation. Buy a ticket for a Friday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.
  • Pop and Watch! Free for All – Saturday Matinees Post Show
    You never know who might pop (!) in following these performances each Saturday afternoon. From playwrights and actors, to our designers and artistic staff, you’ll be in for a treat. Buy a ticket for a Saturday afternoon performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show. Also! All tickets purchased at the regular price level or above include a complimentary bag of popcorn delivered to you. Please allow 5-7 days for delivery.
  • Playwright Talks – Saturday Nights Post Show
    Immediately following each Saturday evening performance, join us for a live discussion with the creative geniuses who made this possible: our playwrights. Moderated by our Alleyway dramturg, you can find out more about these writers living in the WNY region. Buy a ticket for a Saturday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.


Armchair Audience Events all take place on zoom. It’s free software and you don’t have to download anything extra. You’ll get an email with the link. Just click it at the appropriate time and you’ll be whisked away to our special event.

All pre-show events begin 15 minutes prior to curtain time. Post-show events begin immediately following the performance and are scheduled to last approximately 20 minutes. Links to all Armchair Audience Events will be emailed the morning of the performance. If you have purchased a ticket and don’t receive your link by noon on the day of the performance, email and someone will get right back to you.

Alleyway has offered Pay What You Can performances since 1990. Now, thirty years later, we continue to make our productions available at varying ticket levels for all our patrons.

Pandemonium Pricing
Theatre should be for everyone. Especially now.
If you have a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to see our work at this special price.
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Standard Student
Our regular in-person price for high school and college students.
Even though we can’t bring you into our building, we hope you’ll continue to support our fully-produced digital theatre at the same level you would in person.
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Share the Experience
Share the gift of theatre this season with those around you.
It’s one ticket for you … plus we ask you to consider who else may be watching with you at home or consider helping to subsidize our Pandemic Pandemonium Pricing.
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Headlining Donor
Show your support of Alleyway this season and beyond.
Support the work of new plays with this Headliner level ticket which includes a $50 tax deductible donation, helping Alleyway to continue creating new, exciting works.
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This production will be broadcast at specific dates and times, just like an in-person play. Ticket buyers will receive an email the morning of the performance with a link to click to watch the production.

In the event that you encounter technical difficulties on the day of the show, contact us at and we’ll provide options for you to complete your viewing of the event you purchased.