11/21/2011 04:16 pm ET

'You, Nero': Pay What You Will Toga Party At Arena Stage

WASHINGTON -- Not everyone has an emperor's riches. Arena Stage is holding a pay-what-you-will toga party for "You, Nero," a play by Pulitzer-finalist Amy Freed, one of Arena's resident playwrights. Appropriately for a play about the lusty and extravagant emperor Nero, the toga party is going on for almost two weeks. Booze will be allowed -- nay, encouraged -- in the theater during the show.

"You, Nero" is the story of the ultimately suicidal emperor -- killer of his own mother, persecutor of Christians and reputed arsonist of Rome -- and the playwright whose job is to tell the tale of Nero's glory.

This is the east coast premiere of "You, Nero" -- it opened in 2009 in California. Danny Scheie, the original Nero, reprises the role at Arena.

The pay-what-you-will-toga party runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5 at Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW). Tickets are limited to two per toga-wearer, must be bought in cash, and are available up to three hours before showtime.

Tickets for guaranteed seats run from $40-85, the price of normal tickets for the rest of the play's run through Jan. 1. Tickets can be bought online.

RELATED VIDEO: Interview with Danny Scheie about You, Nero.