Pay What You Choose

We offer multiple Pay What You Choose performances during each Mainstage production. Tickets go on sale when the State Theater opens, 2 hours before showtime on the day of the performance. Pay What You Choose tickets must be purchased in person at the State Theater. Limit four tickets per person please.


Tickets for whatever price you choose to pay.  ($1 minimum for cash purchases, $5 minimum for credit card purchases).


Multiple Pay What You Choose nights will be announced by Wednesday before Opening Night of every Mainstage production. The Harlequin Box Office opens 2 hours before showtime. PWYC tickets may be purchased in person at the State Theater when it opens.

Pay What You Choose Dates for CABARET will be announced one week before Opening.

Helpful Hints

  • Latecomers will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.
  • The intent of extending PYWC is to increase access to our patrons. These will be regularly scheduled performances with undersold houses.
  • PWYC tickets will be available for whatever seats remain, but there will always be a substantial number of seats available.

2024 Sponsors:

Our 2024 Pay What Choose Sponsors: Capitol City Press, OlyFed, Compass Rose, Navigate Financial and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce