Once More With Feeling

Celebrate an early Halloween with AfterWork Theater and Okaeri Productions for a one-night staged reading of Once More With Feeling, the musical episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, starring some of your favorite AWTers!

Whether you’re familiar with Buffy or not, join us for a night of singing, dancing, laughter, and defeating the forces of darkness. The reading will be followed by a reception complete with wine, soft drinks and snacks (for an optional donation), piano playing, and possibly, some open mic opportunities! Halloween-themed performances are strongly encouraged.

All proceeds will benefit AfterWork Theater and Okaeri Productions.

About Once More With Feeling: A demon named Sweet lands in the California town of Sunnydale, causing everyone to break out into song and dance. Buffy, the one girl in all the world chosen to fight the forces of evil as the Vampire Slayer, must band together with her family and friends to defeat this new threat, even as secrets and deceptions threaten to tear them apart.

Live and Virtual Performance Options

This one night only event is a joint fundraiser for AfterWork Theater and Okaeri Productions. Tickets for this benefit performance and reception are $75. If this is not within your budget, please consider our Pay What You Can options of $50 or $25.

The Actor’s Theatre Workshop
145 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001

Can’t make it in person? We will also be streaming the performance for virtual audiences! Tickets to the streamed performance are $20.

All tickets are subject to a $1.99 service fee per ticket. All proceeds will benefit AfterWork Theater and Okaeri Productions.


Buffy – Cardozie Jones
Xander – David Teano
Willow – Ashley Zaragoza
Anya – Trisha Quan
Tara – Aya Esther Hayashi
Spike – Chris Villanueva
Giles – Carl Hamad-Lipscombe
Dawn – Jessica Fallon Gordon
Sweet – Veronica Roussos
Mustard Man/Demon/Henchman – William French III
Parking Ticket Lady – Amanda Chin
Narrator – Carlos Perez

Creative Team

Music Director – Bronwen Chan
Director – Aya Esther Hayashi
Stage Manager – Imani Parker

COVID Safety

Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door, and masks will be required for the live audience of Once More With Feeling. The capacity of the live event will not exceed 75 people, including audience, performers, and any staff working the event.

A Note from Okaeri Productions

“Okaeri Productions is thrilled to be collaborating with AfterWork Theater for this special evening. On behalf of one company doing its small part to ‘change the stage,’ I am excited to partner with a community theatre that is actively leaning into its commitment to anti-racism and equitable representation, while also tapping into the full humanity and joy available to us through musical theatre.” ~Aya Esther Hayashi, founder/producer, Okaeri Productions

A Note from AfterWork Theater

“AfterWork Theater is a great admirer of the work Okaeri Productions is doing to “change the stage” by featuring artists of the global majority. As community is at the core of what AWT stands for, I am always touched to see the lasting friendships as well as artistic collaborations that arise as a result of our programming. I am thrilled to be collaborating with one such an organization that is creating a more enriching landscape of storytelling through its mission.” ~Amanda Chin, Executive Director, AfterWork Theater

Refund/Exchange Policy

Tickets for Once More With Feeling are completely non-refundable for any reason whatsoever.


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