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Token Theatre Friends: Would You Pay $500 for ‘Harry Potter’?

Plus actor Gregg Mozgala talks about why non-disabled actors need to stop playing disabled roles.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series, theatre critics Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts. They discuss three shows at three different price points, then offer their picks for the best one for the money.

In this episode they make an exception: They discuss just one show, and it’s a doozy: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, currently running on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre until (presumably) the end of time. J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany have crafted a six-hour-plus bonanza. Considering the average ticket price per part is $170 (though good luck finding tickets for less than $250 per part now), is it worth your money? Find out in this non-spoiler discussion! #keepthesecrets

Gregg Mozgala in “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok at Manhattan Theatre Club. The play earned Mozgala a Lucille Lortel acting award and Majok a Pulitzer. NBD.

Today’s guest is actor Gregg Mozgala. He’s in two shows Off Broadway: Light Shining in Buckinhamshire by Caryl Churchill at New York Theatre Workshop (through June 3) and Teenage Dick by Mike Lew at the Public Theater (June 12-July 15). Gregg, who was born with cerebral palsy, talks about why it’s important to have actors with disabilities onstage (he is the artistic director of the Apothetae, a company for disabled artists). Plus Gregg just won the Lucille Lortel Award for best actor on Sunday, so he’s kind of a big deal.

And in today’s 11 O’Clock Number, the Friends discuss this Broadway season and why audiences are better going Off Broadway to see the (real) best plays and musicals.

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