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 Description is a program that 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.  Audio description 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 programs.  Programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show.

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.

The Taming of the Shrew
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

directed by Barbara Gaines
additional dialogue by Ron West
described by Jason Harrington

Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. 
written by Q Brothers Collective
(GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ
described by Jason Harrington

Red Velvet
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

directed by Gary Griffin
described by Jason Harrington

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream​
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
described by Jason Harrington

Schiller’s Mary Stuart
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

directed by Jenn Thompson
described by Jason Harrington

Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
described by Jason Harrington

Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can Program

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 $88 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.

For tickets and
More Information

 Phone: 312.595.5600

 TTY: 312.595.5699

 Group Sales: 312.595.5678

 Fax: 312.595.5644



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