The Watering Hole

Conceived and Created by

Lynn Nottage and Miranda Haymon

In Partnership With

Christina Anderson, Matt Barbot, Montana Levi Blanco,  Stefania Bulbarella, Amith Chandrashaker, nicHi douglas, Iyvon E., Justin Ellington, Emmie Finckel, Vanessa German, Ryan J. Haddad, Riccardo Hernández, Phillip Howze, Haruna Lee, Campbell Silverstein, Charly Evon Simpson and Rhiana Yazzie


Michael Braun, Francis Jue, Denise Manning, Kenita Miller, Lisa Ramirez, Samy Younes, Liza Zayas

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In-person, physically distanced audiences will move through a series of installations entirely curated by creatives of color at the beloved Pershing Square Signature Center. The multidimensional and multidisciplinary pieces disrupt traditional notions of theatre-making and challenge viewers to converse with what is most essential to us all, water. Excerpts from the in-person experience will also be available online in order to bring The Watering Hole to as far an audience as possible.

Over a year after closing our doors, Signature Theatre is excited to present The Watering Hole, an immersive experience envisioned by resident playwright Lynn Nottage, director Miranda Haymon, and a renowned group of creative designers. This grand experiment deviates from the norm, presenting a new kind of theatre—one that is collaborative, accessible and safe.

Following hit runs of Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, The Watering Hole culminates Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s residency at Signature Theatre.

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This is a moving/walking experience through 10 installations with seating available in several locations throughout the track. There is no difference in quality of experience between tracks A and B.

ONLINE (recommended)  

Members, Friends & Patrons: Log in then view "Calendar" to select a date.


Tuesday–Sunday, 12:00pm–5:00pm
(212) 244–7529 


In Person  

Arrive at least 20m early to purchase tickets or be added to the wait list. 


To attend as a pair or group (max 4), you must select slots for the same time and same track (A or B). We cannot guarantee exact start times and we cannot guarantee we will be able to keep your group together. Please arrive with your group on time together for best chance of same-time entry and exit.  


If you feel ill prior to arrival, please stay home and contact Ticket Services for a free exchange to another date. View our flexible exchange and refund policy. 

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Pricing & Schedule

June 22–July 25 









11:30a–12:30p         CWYP CWYP CWYP
3:15p–4:15p         $25 $25 $25
7p–8p   CWYP CWYP CWYP $35 $35 $35

July 27–August 8









11:30a–12:30p         CWYP CWYP CWYP
3:15p–4:15p   CWYP CWYP CWYP $35 $35 $45–$75
7p–8p   $35 $35 $35 $45 $45–$75  



Access is a core value and commitment at Signature. For select blocks you can select a price that best aligns with what you can afford. If that is full price ($25–$75), we highly encourage you to do so, as well as make a gift to help us maintain affordable tickets. A $6.50 fee applies to all tickets, however if this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please use code NOBARRIERS to waive the fee. No matter what you are able to afford, know that we value your support and presence this very special event.  

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How to Attend 

We strongly encourage you to arrive a minimum 15 minutes before your reservation time to check in. The experience runs 80 minutes with no intermission. You will be asked to complete a COVID-19 Screening prior to arrival, and upon arrival pass a temperature check. We recommend using the restroom prior to arrival to maximize time in the experience. 

All tickets will be issued by email after purchase; mobile tickets via email with a link to log in to your account, or print-at-home via email PDF attachment. There is no physical will call available.


View our late arrival policy for this event. 


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COVID-19 Health & Safety

Our plans are subject to change as CDC, state and city guidelines develop. Our current plans for June 2021 are to require physical distancing and masking. Any changes to guidelines from time of purchase will be communicated by email to all ticket holders.

  • Limited capacity strictly enforced, up to 100 people in the building at any given time

  • Masks required at all times (both audience and staff), regardless of vaccine status

  • All guests must complete a COVID-19 Screening and a temperature check before proceeding into the event

  • Physical distancing between groups will be enforced

  • Restrooms available with limited capacity

  • Food and drink not available

Read more COVID-19 health & safety guidelines and updates.


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Virtual Access

We recognize that not everyone will be able to or will feel comfortable returning to in-person events. A virtual glimpse into the installations will be made available in the final weeks of the run. Details of the virtual experience of the installations are still in process. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when virtual access is available.

Photo by Lia Chang

June 22, 2021 - August 8, 2021
$25–$75 or Choose What You Pay



Flexible Pay Options: Yes 
Virtual Access: Available in final weeks of run
Virtual Building Tour: View Now
Wheelchair User Accessible: Yes 
Transcripts: Available online here or in print onsite by request.
Companion Tickets: Yes 
Distance and Standing Time: Moving/walking with seating in several locations, with walking distance of 1,320 feet.