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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.

Disney's The Little Mermaid
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 9:15 a.m.)

Directed by Rachel Rockwell
Described by Jason Harrington

​The Tempest
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
Described by Jason Harrington

​The Heir Apparent
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by John Rando
Described by Jason Harrington

Othello
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
(optional Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Jonathan Munby
Described by Jason Harrington

Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
(no Touch Tour)

Directed by Kirsten Kelly
Described by Jason Harrington

Tug of War: Foreign Fire
Sunday, June 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
(no Touch Tour)

Directed by Barbara Gaines
Described by Jason Harrington

Tug of War: Civil Strife
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
(no Touch Tour)

Directed by Barbara Gaines
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 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.

Choose a ticket price ranging from our full-price of $68 to as low as $20.

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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