Art by Mark Krause

Caption Contest: The 99-Seat Debate Edition

Caption this image and win a copy of Young Jean Lee’s new play “We’re Gonna Die.” It comes with a free CD!

Every month, American Theatre wants YOUR input. We post up a new cartoon and you, readers, are invited to write a caption to it. This month’s cartoon is above.

The winner will receive a copy of Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die, published by TCG books. Better yet, it includes a free CD of music from the stage show. We’re spoiling our winner this month.

Winner and finalists will be notified by e-mail. To enter the contest,  leave your captions in the comments below.*

The contest will close on Friday, July 31 at 5 pm EST.

*Please note, you can use a number of social media accounts to log in and comment. But please remember that whichever social media account you decide to use should have a working e-mail address attached to it. We don’t want you to miss out on your free book!

*In a modification to an earlier rule about only being able to win the contest once ever (a bit harsh, perhaps), you cannot win two consecutive contests, but you can keep competing after that. 

Last month’s winner and finalists:

Art by Mark Krause
Art by Mark Krause

“Can you believe I’m standing on a platform without a railing? I know, I gotta talk to my union rep.” —Michael McShane


“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to tonight’s performance. As you can see, everything is perfect right now, but the actors will soon ruin all that. Thank you.” —Peter J

“Pay no attention to the person behind the curtain. Although they make the entire process work, they prefer to remain anonymous.” —
Patrick Walsh

  • Tom Buderwitz

    Jack and Jo, Went to theater row
    To see some live drama.
    Jack picked 99, which made him whine
    And Jo didn’t want all that trauma.

  • Peter J

    Look, they’re doing the same play! “For Love or Money”.

  • Gia On The Move

    Of course, some people do go both ways.

  • Eliza Laytner

    Damn, I really liked her.

  • Eric Pfeffinger

    “Critics agree: there’s slightly more seating!”

  • Eric Pfeffinger

    “No, let’s go to this one. It has one more piece of furniture.”

  • Kevin Delin

    “How about the 100 seat theater? That’s where the professionals work.”

  • “What’s the difference?”

  • Paul Tigue

    The 99-seat show might go to Broadway, let’s wait.

  • Paul Townsend

    . . . so I wonder if they will pay ME minimum wage if I SEE the show?

  • Brian Helm

    “LET’S MAKE A DEAL!!” No, seriously, Actors’ Equity, let’s really make a good deal.

  • Dale Stout

    Take one down and pass it around.

  • Matt

    Whom do we ask if it’s Equity?

  • Dale Stout

    Did we bring a can of food?

  • Dale Stout

    I’ve always been a 1%er.

  • Dale Stout

    Does that include the commode?

  • William Lewis Salyers

    I guess we should go with the one that pays the artists as much as that kid that made our burgers tonight. He’s a pro, right?

  • Kyle Eric Bradford

    Susan was at odds with their choice of theatre that evening, Harry just couldn’t even.

  • Curt Bonnem

    “Let’s see, honey…There’s a full cast of talented union actors volunteering their time and collaborating to put together a piece of art they believe in at this 99-seat house…”

    “Yes, dear, but at this 100-seat house they are doing Love Letters and are getting paid, so they must be the real professionals. Better stick with this and not take a chance.”