Pay-What-You-Will Nights

As part of our commitment to making sure that our theatre remains open and accessible to every member of our community, Woolly offers Pay-What-You-Will tickets to a select number of preview performances throughout the year. The concept is simple: we perform the show, you tell us how much you're going to pay for your ticket. 

Most of our Pay-What-You-Will tickets are sold online through the TodayTix app (available on iTunes, the Android Play store, etc.) and TodayTix website. (We moved to online ticket sales in 2017 in order to make Pay-What-You-Will performances more accessible to audience members who were unable to come wait in line at Woolly.)

The Pay-What-You-Will program is supported by JBG Cares, M&T Bank, the Nora Roberts Foundation, the Susan A. & Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Weissberg Foundation, and additional individual contributions, which provide the bridge capital that makes our ticket accessibility initiatives possible.

pay-what-you-Will performances

Here’s all the info you’ll need to know if you’re planning to attend a Pay-What-You-Will performance:

How can I purchase a ticket?

Pay-What-You-Will tickets are available for purchase via the TodayTix app and TodayTix website in the days leading up to the performance. They'll remain on sale online until 5 pm on the day of the performance (or until they're sold out). If we still have tickets left, they will be sold at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm.

Will I get in?

We can’t make any guarantees, but historically, online Pay-What-You-Will tickets will sell out.

How many tickets can I buy?

Two per person.

Can I really pay whatever I want?

We don’t give out free tickets, but we will accept your choice of any price available on the TodayTix app. (Due to transaction costs, the minimum purchase price on TodayTix is $5.) Keep in mind, though, that the actual cost of the ticket you'll be receiving is at minimum $35 and that Woolly Mammoth is a civic-profit organization.

Are seats assigned?

Yes. We hand out seats from the first row to the last row, first-come, first-served according to the time you placed the order. If you would like to be seated with your family or friends, please email and we’ll do our best to seat you together.

What if I need an accessible seat?

We are always happy to make accommodations for people with disabilities. Please let our staff know your needs by sending an email to or calling the box office at (202) 393-3939, and we’ll be sure to set aside accessible seats for you and your companion.


The Woolly box office staff is available to answer questions via phone (202-393-3939) or email starting at 12 pm on the day of the performance.