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Vision Impairments

Services for patrons who are blind or have low vision:

  • Learn more about our new Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can Program
  • Large-print programs are available for all performances at our Audience Services table just inside the lobby doors.
  • Braille programs may be borrowed from our Audience Services table for the five plays in our Subscription Season and our abridged Shakespeare production.
  • Service animals, such as guide dogs, are welcome—simply let us know when booking your tickets. The nearest space for walking service animals is just outside our lobby doors in Pier Park.
  • Audio-described performances (see details below)
  • Touch Tours (see details below)

Audio-described performances with optional Touch Tour: From a soundproof booth, a describer provides a description of the actors’ facial expressions and movements, as well as of the visual design elements of the production transmitted through headphones worn by participating patrons. Touch tours are offered, free of charge, prior to selected performances to provide patrons who are blind or have low vision the opportunity to experience, firsthand, a production’s design elements.  Guests are invited to familiarize themselves with costumes and wigs through touch as CST craftspeople describe them. We also explore set and prop pieces while moving through our stage and backstage areas. The tour concludes with several members of the cast discussing their characters and modeling lines from the show so that patrons can connect the distinct voice with the character prior to the play. Please purchase your tickets in advance to participate in our Access programs.  Programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show.

Stephen Flaherty’s and Lynn Ahrens’ Seussical
75-minute musical for families
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 9:15 a.m.)
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Described by Jason Harrington

William Shakespeare’s King Lear*
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:15 p.m.)
Directed by Barbara Gaines
Described by Jason Harrington

William Shakespeare’s Pericles*
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:15 p.m.)
Directed by David H. Bell
Described by Jason Harrington

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth
75-minute abridged production for families
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
(no Touch Tour; audio-described performance only)
Directed by Kirsten Kelly
Described by Jason Harrington

Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility*
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:15 p.m.)
Directed by Barbara Gaines
Described by Jason Harrington

*Tickets to King Lear, Pericles and Sense and Sensibility are available for purchase separately or as a three-play subscription.

Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can Program

This season, we are continuing our Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can for patrons utilizing our audio-described services. Understanding that patrons participating in this program represent a broad financial spectrum, we’re putting it in their hands to pay what they can, to ensure that our productions are as available as possible, to the widest audience possible.

Single Tickets for King Lear, Pericles and Sense and Sensibility
Choose a ticket price ranging from our full-price of $68 to as low as $20.

3-Play Access Subscriptions: King Lear, Pericles and Sense and Sensibility
Choose a subscription price ranging from the regular price of $198 to as low as $60.

Single Tickets for Seussical
Our family musical has single tickets available at $25 (adults) and $15 (students, 12 and under).

Single Tickets for Short Shakespeare! Macbeth
Our abridged production has single tickets available at $15 (adults) and $12 (students, 18 and under).

For both single ticket and subscription purchases, we are happy to extend this Pay-What-You-Can Program to the patron utilizing the service and to one companion. 

   
For tickets and
More Information

 Phone: 312.595.5600

 TTY: 312.595.5699

 Group Sales: 312.595.5678

 Fax: 312.595.5644

 access@chicagoshakes.com

 

 

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