3 Must Experience Local Theater Shows For Your Next NYC Date Night

In the age of Tinder and OkCupid, the single life has become filled more and more with first dates. One of the problems many people face in dating is getting creative without thinking too much about how to make a date stand out and without breaking the bank, while still keeping an escape route to break free in case it goes sour. 

We have put together a list of must experience, yes not just see, but experience, shows that take the boring dinner and a movie date to a level that is more you. These are dates that are conscious, cool and independent. 

Together We Are Making A Poem in Honor of Life 

Immerse yourself in a rehab circle as Rebecca and Brian come to terms with their son's unexpected death in a school tragedy. Set in a Lower East Side school, from beginning to end you are taken on this experience of grief and closure. Sounds a bit heavy, but it is super interesting to sit and experience people lay it all out. A great conversation starter after the date too. 

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The Cowboy Mouth

Cowboy Mouth: Young Artists at the Chelsea is an immersive three-part evening centered around Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s collaborative work. Cowboy Mouth is a surreal short play both penned during and inspired by the heyday of the historic Hotel Chelsea in downtown New York. Each evening begins with the visual and performance art piece, The Traveling Bag, by Rachel Libeskind, followed by the play itself, and culminates in music and dancing by rising New York musical talent. Transport back in time. 

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Sleep No More

The gold standard in experience theater, Sleep No More is a little bit of a maze meets murder mystery meets silent film set in a 1920s style hotel. Everyone in the audience, I mean everyone, is masked and silent. Talking is strictly prohibited, so it is just you meandering around the McKittrick Hotel searching for the next scene. Definitely a memorable date night. Plus perfectly located for post drinks and banter on the Gallow Greens - the rooftop bar. 

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Moral of the Story: Locally grown goes beyond food, and can make for the experience of a lifetime. 

Jesse Ayala

New York, New York, USA

Developing social good and value-adding products, Ayala seeks to enhance culture and behavior through experiences that address both macro- and micro-level problems. This mantra has led Ayala down an non-traditional career path, linking fashion, technology, performance art, media, education, community building, and design. Ayala has been honored by the Huffington Post and InStyle magazine for innovation and style in the digital new economy. Ayala is the co-founder and Creative Director of Modavanti.com.