Services for patrons who are blind or have low vision:
- Learn more about our 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)
Upcoming Audio Described performances:
This program enables patrons who are blind or have low vision to more fully experience live performances by providing spoken narration of a play’s key visual elements, such as the action, settings, facial expressions, costumes, and scene changes. It fills in information about the visual content of a play where there are no corresponding audio elements. A describer narrates live from a sound-proof booth in conjunction with the performance, while the user listens to the description through infra-red transmission to wireless headsets. Please purchase your tickets in advance to participate in our Access Shakespeare programs. Programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show.
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Sat, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Chinatown | Ping Tom Memorial Park
directed by Malkia Stampley
music direction by Shraman Ghosh
assistant director & arts partner liaison Danielle Davis
concept creation by Bob Mason
described by Jeanne DeVore
It Came from Outer Space
Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m.
book, music and lyrics by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
directed by Laura Braza
described by Jason Harrington
Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.
music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson
book by Bekah Brunstetter
based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
directed by Michael Greif and Schele Williams
This season, we are continuing our Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can for patrons whose disability requires the use of our Audio-described services (plus one companion). Understanding that patrons requiring this service 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.
Choose a ticket price ranging from our full-price of $90 to as low as $35.
For both single ticket and subscription purchases, we are happy to offer a limited number of Pay-What-You-Can Program seats to the patron whose disability requires the use of this service and to one companion. Additional tickets can, of course, be purchased at full price.