Live Audio Described Performances for the 2023-24 Season: December 2023-August 2024

Check out these audio described live theatrical performances in and around Boston, from October 2023 through August 2024.

Please come to the exciting live theater productions with audio description (AD). Preshow description of sets and costumes begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. Arrive early to allow time to get headsets, programs and be seated. This publication is available in braille, large print, and email. Contact the Perkins Library to change your format.

The following audio described performances will be at the designated theatres listed below. A chronological listing of performances by date is also included for your convenience at the end of this publication.

Enjoy these accessible theater opportunities!

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T)

The Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
(617) 547-8300
AmericanRepertoryTheater.org

To purchase accessibility tickets for these performances or for access questions, contact [email protected] or 617-547-8300.

Real Women Have Curves

Audio Described: Thursday, January 4, 2024, 7:30 PM, & Saturday, January 6, 2024, 2:00 PM

World-Premiere Musical with music and lyrics by Joy Huerta and Benjamin Velez

Based on the play by Josefina Lopez and HBO’s Real Women Have Curves. It’s the summer of 1987 in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, and Ana wants to blaze her own path. The first-generation child of Mexican immigrants, Ana is torn between a future at her family’s garment business and her dreams of college in New York. If she breaks from her parents’ vision for her life, can she still honor the sacrifices that have allowed her to dream? This new musical tells an uplifting story for anyone who has experienced the unexpected curves of life.

Becoming a Man

Audio Described: Saturday March 2, 2024, 2:00 PM, & Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7:30 PM

When we change, can the people we love come with us? For fifty years, P. Carl lived as a girl and then a queer woman, building a career and a loving marriage while waiting to realize himself in full. When he decides to affirm his gender at a pivotal political moment, his transition puts family, career, friendships at stake. Adapted from P. Carl’s acclaimed memoir and co-directed by Diane Paulus and P. Carl, this is a story about the courage—and the community—we need to become ourselves.

Gatsby

Audio Described: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 7:30 PM, & Saturday, June 29, 2024, 2:00 PM

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel The Great Gatsby comes to new life in this world-premiere musical with a score by international rock star Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine) and Oscar and Grammy Award nominee Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok (Cost of Living). Gatsby is staged by Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Moby Dick) with choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge!).

Arts Emerson (AEM)

Emerson Paramount Center
559 Washington St., Boston, MA
artsemerson.org

To order tickets, contact the box office at [email protected], call 617-824-8400, or purchase tickets and reserve headsets online at artsemerson.org.

Moby Dick

Audio Described: Sunday, January 28, 2024, 2:00 PM at Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St., Boston, MA

Length: 60 minutes

Describers: Cori Couture & Andrea Doane

Presented by Plexus Polaire / Norway. Herman Melville’s immeasurably influential novel is brought to life in this production featuring seven actors, fifty puppets, video projections, a drowned orchestra and a life-sized whale. Moby Dick is, on its surface, the simple tale of a whaling expedition, but the story’s haunting themes of obsession lead us all to question the unexplained mysteries of life and of the human heart. In this groundbreaking production, the story is reborn with a freshness and urgency that makes it truly unforgettable.

Duel Reality, The 7 Fingers

Audio Described: Sunday, February 11, 2024, 2:00 PM at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston

Length: 60 minutes

Describers: Ruth Kahn & David Heard

The triumphant return of The 7 Fingers circus troupe with an acrobatic tour-de-force inspired by the star-crossed tale of the Montagues and Capulets. Welcome to Circus on a whole new theatrical level. The 7 Fingers’ reputation and fandom in Boston has grown with each stunning production they’ve previously brought to Arts Emerson. Now, the globally beloved contemporary circus troupe brings their 7th show to our stage, an epic love story that echoes Romeo & Juliet and will dazzle the senses and stir the heart. Competition can be playful at times, but it can also be dangerously serious. Is it a game? Is it a war? Is it love? Duel Reality has all the answers.

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party

Audio Described: Saturday, April 6, 2024, 2:00 PM at Emerson Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA

Length: 75 minutes

Describers: Ruth Kahn & Andrea Doane

Mrs. Krishnan is renting an apartment to larger-than-life DJ, James. James has invited a few friends into the back room of Mrs. Krishnan’s corner shop as a surprise to celebrate Onam—an ancient Hindu festival of Kerala that celebrates rice harvest—and the return home of her son. But when dozens of strangers turn up (you, the audience), Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life! This is an immersive experience like no other, join the party with music, dancing, and more. Watch as the cast juggles cooking, music, and welcoming guests in an unfolding drama where no two performances are ever the same. It’s joyous. It’s heart-warming. It’s Mrs. Krishnan’s Party.”

Book of Mountains and Seas

Audio Described: Sunday, April 21, 2024, 2:00 PM at Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St., Boston, MA.

Length: 75 minutes

Describers: Ruth Kahn & Andrea Doane

Recommended for ages 14+

Chinese creation myths come to life with larger than life puppetry and a polyphonic chorus in this breathtaking theatrical event. This is a new work by award-winning composer Huang Ruo and MacArthur Fellow puppeteer/artist Basil Twist. The show takes on ancient Chinese creation myths from the 4th Century BC, which are strikingly relevant to our current climate change emergency.

Broadway in Boston – Citizens Bank Opera House

Broadway in Boston
539 Washington Street, Boston, MA
(617) 259-3400
Boston.Broadway.com

For tickets contact Rachel Jensen, Audience Services Manager for the Opera House at 617-259-3448 or email [email protected].

Chicago

Audio Described: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 1:00 PM at Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. Chicago’s show-stopping songs, has the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers!

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Audio Described: Sunday, January 21, 2024, 1:00 PM, & Saturday, February 3, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 35 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Note: Moulin Rouge! contains some mature themes, revealing costumes & adult language. Recommended for ages 12+

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical! Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! Where the revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Moulin Rouge is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and, above all, Love. It is more than a musical, it is a state of mind.

The Book of Mormon

Audio Described: Sunday, February 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Note: The Book of Mormon contains explicit language and adult themes. Parental guidance is strongly advised. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by, and seated next to an accompanying adult.

The Book of Mormon is the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical comedy that follows two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as they attempt to preach the faith to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. The earnest young men are challenged by the lack of interest from the locals, who are distracted by more pressing issues such as HIV/AIDS, famine, female genital mutilation, child molestation, and oppression by the local warlord.

Girl from the North Country

Audio Described: Sunday, March 17, 2024, 1:00 PM at Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota, and we meet a group of wayward travelers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Written and directed by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson and featuring Tony Award-winning orchestrations by Simon Hale, it reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including “Forever Young”, “All Along the Watchtower”, “Hurricane”, “Slow Train Coming”, and “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Company

Audio Described: Sunday, April 7, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Company “strikes like a lightning bolt. It’s brilliantly conceived and “funny as hell”. With three-time Tony Award-winning director, Marianne Elliott, (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy, is at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious. It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy. COMPANY features Sondheim’s award-winning song “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”, “The Ladies Who Lunch”, “Side by Side by Side”, and the iconic “Being Alive.”

Clue

Audio Described: Sunday, May 5, 2024, 1:00 PM at Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes, no intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget! Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the cult 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist.

Come From Away

Audio Described: Sunday, June 2, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes, no intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Come From Away takes you right into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by this year’s Tony Award-winning director, Christopher Ashley. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

MJ

Audio Described: Sunday, June 23, 2024, 1:00 PM, & Saturday, July 7, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry comes to you as MJ, the multi Tony Award-winning new musical centered around the making of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour.

Created by Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind that launched Michael Jackson into legendary stardom.

Les Miserables

Audio Described: Sunday, August 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 55 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Laura Pailler

Les Misérables is set against the backdrop of 19th century France, it tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption, a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. The magnificent score, includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More”, “Master of the House”, and many more.

Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Boston Common, 115 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
commshakes.org

(show and dates TBA – generally weekends in late July & early August)

Gazebo Players

PO Box 622, Medfield, MA, 02052

https://gazeboplayersofmedfield.weebly.com/

All performances are outdoors and free to the public. For more information, Contact Cynthia Small at: 508-317-1764, [email protected].

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Audio Described: July 21, 27, and August 4, 2024, 5:00 PM

This romantic comedy will be set in the 1950’s Doo Wop era, but retains Shakespeare’s original language. July performances will take place at the Bellforge Arts Center on the former Medfield State Hospital property, 45 Hospital Road, Medfield, MA. The rain location will be announced. The August performances will be at Bird Park in Walpole. The rain location is the Walpole Footlighters, 2 Scout Road, Walpole, MA.

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA
TheHanoverTheatre.org

For tickets call the box office at 877-571-7469 or email [email protected] for tickets.

A Christmas Carol

Audio Described: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 6:00 PM

Length: 2 hours 15 minutes, with one intermission

Describers: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

Be sure to get seated early to enjoy a pre-show concert featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, the largest and most versatile theatre pipe organ in New England. Led by A Christmas Carol Music Director Tim Evans, and adapted by the president and CEO Troy Siebels, The Hanover Theatre’s annual production returns to the stage with timeless music, colorful costumes, and spectacular lighting and scenery. Cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet To Come.

Beetlejuice: The Musical

Audio Described: Sunday, January 7, 2024, 1:00 PM

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission

Describer: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

Note: Contains strong language, adult themes, & crazy, inappropriate stuff you would expect from a deranged demon.”

He earned his stripes on Broadway, now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Worcester. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Nether world, Beetlejuice is good fun! And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!

My Fair Lady

Audio Described: Sunday, February 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

Describer: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

The most beloved musical of all time, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady is back in this lavish new production from Lincoln Center Theater, the theater that brought you the Tony-winning revivals of South Pacific and The King and I.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Audio Described: Sunday, March 24, 2024, 1:00 PM

Describer: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

Get ready to be March-ed into a world of captivating melodies and sisterly harmony as this musical weaves a tale of love, ambition and the novel power of family bonds.

Jagged Little Pill

Audio Described: Sunday, April 7, 2024, 1:00 PM

Describer: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

Note: Contains adult themes. Recommended for ages 14+

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE, everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Audio Described: Sunday, May 5, 2024, 1:00 PM

Describer: Jill Cofsky and Kathy Troy

All rise for Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterwork. The New York Times’ Critic’s pick To Kill a Mockingbird is “the most successful American play in Broadway history, it has not played to a single empty seat.”

The Huntington Theatre

264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
HuntingtonTheatre.org

For tickets call the box office at 877-571-7469 or email [email protected] for tickets.

The Huntington’s newly renovated theatre on Huntington Avenue is the place to be for great accessible theater this season. Some shows will run at the Huntington Theatre, and others will be at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. Please note the location of each production.

For more information on The Huntington’s access programs and to reserve tickets, please email [email protected] or call 617-266-2800. Tickets are $20 for each blind/low vision patron and a guest. Season Ticket Packages can be booked in advance. Keep the same seats for every performance, and renew into the same seats next season! Attend All Access Performances. Don’t want to see all the shows? Pick and choose which ones you want for the same $20 price. Please note that the start times vary for each production!

The Band’s Visit

Audio Described: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 2:30 PM at the Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. Directed by Paul Daigneault. Music Direction by Josh Delgado. A co-production with SpeakEasy Stage. In this Tony Award-winning, feel-good musical, an Egyptian band of musicians is stranded in a small Israeli town after a transportation mix up, and with no lodgings available, the locals take them in for the night. By morning, surprising connections have been made and friendships forged over moments of shared humanity and love of music. A brief visit can have a lasting impact in this stunning musical adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 film that cast a spell over Broadway.

The Heart Sellers

Audio Described: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 2:00 PM at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Directed by May Adrales. Jane and Luna run into each other in the grocery store on Thanksgiving in 1973 and find they have much in common: each are recent Asian immigrants, a bit homesick and lonely with hardworking absentee husbands, and adjusting to a new country filled with new opportunities. Over sips of wine and a questionable frozen turkey, they dream of disco dancing, learning to drive, and even a visit to Disneyland, and share their hopes and challenges for making a new home in a new land with grace and dignity.

Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight

Audio Described: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2:30 PM at the Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Length: 60 minutes, no intermission 

You’ve tried everything. Yoga. Acupuncture. Therapy. You floated in salt water in the pitch black dark. You juiced, you cleansed, you journaled, you cut, you volunteered. You ate only RINDS for three days and nights. You reached out, you looked within. You have tried. And yet here you are. So begins a new play by Olivier Award-nominated playwright John Kolvenbach. Jim Ortlieb delivers a tour-de-force performance as a man desperate for connection, bent by isolation, and deeply in love with the audience itself. This thoroughly unique, interactive theatrical experience comes to the intimate 150-seat, Maso Studio!

John Proctor Is the Villain

Audio Described: Saturday, March 9, 2024, 2:00 PM at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston, MA

At a rural high school in Georgia, a group of teens explore The Crucible while navigating young love, sex ed, and a few school scandals. With a contemporary lens on the American classic, the young women begin to discover their power and agency, finding a way to hold both the classic text and their community to account, with a profound sense of rage, authenticity, and hope. Alternately touching and bitingly funny, this new comedy captures a generation in mid-transformation, running on pop music, optimism, and fury, writing their own coming of age story.

Toni Stone

Audio Described: Saturday, June 15, 2024, 2:30 PM at the Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Written and directed by Lydia R. Diamond. Toni Stone is an ace ballplayer who knows her stats, plus she’s got a great arm. Rejected by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League because of her race, she becomes the first woman to play professional baseball on a man’s team in the Negro Leagues, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Filled with humor and the love of the game, Huntington favorite Lydia R. Diamond knocks it out of the park with this beautiful, rich portrait of a trailblazing woman. Play ball!

Moonbox Production at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA)

Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

The standard ticket price is $65, but Moonbox now also offers an option to Pay-What-You-Wish (as little, or as much, as you choose). To order tickets for access performances, email: Kara Crumrine, Director of Community & Accessibility Initiatives at [email protected].

Legally Blonde

Audio Described: Friday, December 22, 2023, 8:00 PM, & Saturday, December 30, 2023, 2:00 PM at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission

Describers: Cori Couture & Ruth Kahn

Legally Blonde is a 2007 musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. The show tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and she successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Few characters have faith in Elle, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

Manic Monologues

Audio Described: Sunday, March 3, 2024, 2:00 PM at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA, 02138

The Manic Monologues is a play developed and premiered by Zachary Burton and Elisa Hofmeister from Stanford. Consisting of autobiographical accounts from people diagnosed with mental health disorders, the family and friends of mental health patients, and health professionals. The play explores conditions including bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, OCD, and PTSD in stories that are by turns tragic, humorous, and uplifting.

Mermaid Hour

Audio Described: Saturday, May 18, 2024, 2:00 PM at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA, 02138

For Pilar and Bird, parenting a trans tween is all about guessing how to get it right when they’re not even sure what that is! Vi is busy navigating her first crush, obsessing over her favorite YouTube vlogger, and about to make herself an internet sensation. Fast-paced, funny, and heartfelt, The Mermaid Hour finds all three confronting the gaps between who they are and who they wish to be.

Open Door Theater

R.J. Grey Junior High School
16 Charter Road, Acton, MA
www.opendoortheater.org

All shows are ASL interpreted, Captioned, live Audio Described with AD preshow and character guide will be delivered open to entire audience, and available on the website one week prior. Tactile Tours available preshow as well.

Tickets are $15. Contact the ticket team at [email protected] or call 978-264-8150 for more information.

The Wizard of Oz

Audio described: Friday, March 22, 2024, 7:00 PM; Saturday, March 23, 2024, 7:00 PM; & Sunday, March 24, 2024, 2:00 PM

Length: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

Join ODT on a journey down the yellow brick road in this delightful adaptation featuring the musical score from the MGM film. This timeless tale continues to thrill audiences worldwide and features a multigenerational, multifaceted, integrated and inclusive cast.

SpeakEasy Stage Company

All performances of SpeakEasy Stage Company productions will take place in the Roberts Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston MA

Tickets for patrons utilizing the Audio Description service (and their guests), are $25, with the code SPKAUDIO. Call the BCA box office at 617-933-8600, or email Alex Lonati at [email protected]

The Band’s Visit

Audio Described: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 2:30 PM at Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

Length: 90 minutes with no intermission

A co-production with Huntington Theatre Company. In this Tony Award-winning musical, an Egyptian band of musicians is stranded in a small Israeli town after a transportation mix up, and with no lodgings available, the locals take them in for the night. By morning, surprising connections have been made and friendships forged over moments of shared humanity and love of music. A brief visit can have a lasting impact in this musical adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 film that cast a spell over Broadway.

A Case for the Existence of God

Audio Described: Friday, February 9, 2024, 8:00 PM, & Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2:00 PM

Describers: Cori Couture & Andrea Doane

In a bank in Twin Falls, Idaho, Keith, a mortgage broker, and Ryan, a plant worker, unexpectedly choose to bring one another into their worlds. Ryan, who is white and divorced, wants to buy a plot of land that his family used to own in the hopes of making a better life for his daughter. Keith, who is Black, gay, and also single, is looking to adopt his foster daughter before her relatives can steal her away. With humor, empathy, and honesty, their lives co-mingle in ways that are small and big at the same time.

Cost of Living

Audio Described: Friday, March 22, 2024, 8:00 PM, & Saturday, March 30, 2024, 8:00 PM

Describers: Cori Couture & Andrea Doane

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama! In this wry play, Polish-born playwright Martyna Majok interweaves the stories of four lonely souls to examine the forces that bring people together and the ways we all need each other. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, and his ex-wife, Ani, find themselves unexpectedly reunited after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a first-generation Princeton graduate who has fallen on desperate times, as his new aide. Together these powerful stories comment on the complexity of caring and being cared for, and the various aspects of simply being human.

A Strange Loop

Audio Described: Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3:00 PM, & Friday, May 17, 2024, 8:00 PM

Describers: Dave Heard and Eddie Maisonet

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2022 Tony Award for Best Musical! Michael R. Jackson’s blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer. Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University

180 The Riverway, Boston, MA

For tickets, call 617-353-3001 or visit WFT’s website at WheelockFamilyTheatre.org.

All performances will be Open Captioned. To learn more about accessibility at Wheelock Family Theatre, contact Audience Services Manager Jamie Aznive at (617) 353-1451 or at [email protected].

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Audio Described: Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 29, 2024, 10:30 AM (Student Matinee), & Saturday, March 2, 2024, 2:00 PM

Length: 70 minutes, no intermission 

Times are tough in the town of Stillwater. Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there’s no problem that can’t be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality.

A Wrinkle in Time

Audio Described: Saturday, May 4, 2024, 6:00 PM, Thursday, May 9, 2024, 10:30 AM (student matinee), & Saturday, May 11, 2024, 2:00 PM

Length: 80 minutes, no intermission.

One dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a young teen who doesn’t fit in at her New England high school. Meg’s scientist Father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet

2023-2024 Audio Described Shows Sorted by Date

December 2023 through August 2024

Sunday, December 3, 2023
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston @ Colonial
Chicago

Saturday, December 9, 2023
2:30 PM – Huntington/SpeakEasy
The Band’s Visit

Sunday, December 17, 2023
6:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 22, 2023
8:00 PM – Moonbox Productions @ Calderwood
Legally Blonde

Saturday, December 23, 2023
2:30 PM – Huntington
The Heart Sellers

Saturday, December 30, 2023
2:00 PM – Moonbox Productions @ Calderwood
Legally Blonde

Thursday, January 4, 2024
7:30 PM – A.R.T.
Real Women Have Curves

Thursday, January 4, 2024
2:00 PM – A.R.T.
Real Women Have Curves

Sunday, January 7, 2024
1:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
Beetlejuice

Sunday, January 21, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
Moulin Rouge!

Sunday, January 28, 2024
2:00 PM – Art Emerson
Moby Dick

Saturday, February 3, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
Moulin Rouge!

Friday, February 9, 2024
8:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
A Case for the Existence of God

Sunday, February 11, 2024
2:00 PM – Arts Emerson
Duel Reality, The 7 Fingers

Saturday, February 17, 2024
2:30 PM – Huntington
Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight

Saturday, February 17, 2024
2:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
A Case for the Existence of God

Sunday, February 18, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
The Book of Mormon

Sunday, February 18, 2024
1:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
My Fair Lady

Sunday, March 3, 2024
2:00 PM – Moonbox Productions @ Arrow Street Arts
Manic Monologues

Sunday, February 25, 2024
2:00 PM – Wheelock
Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Thursday, February 29, 2024
10:30 AM – Wheelock
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (student matinee)

Saturday, March 2, 2024
2:00 PM – A.R.T.
Becoming a Man

Saturday, March 2, 2024
2:00 PM – Wheelock
Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Thursday, March 7, 2024
7:30 PM – A.R.T.
Becoming a Man

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:00 AM – Huntington
John Proctor Is the Villain (student matinee)

Saturday, March 9, 2024
2:00 PM – Huntington @ Calderwood
John Proctor Is the Villain

Sunday, March 17, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston @ Colonial
Girl from the North Country

Friday, March 22, 2024
8:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
Cost of Living

Friday, March 22, 2024
7:00 PM – Open Door Theatre
The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, March 23, 2024
7:00 PM – Open Door Theatre
The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, March 24, 2024
2:00 PM – Open Door Theatre
The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, March 24, 2024
1:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Saturday, March 30, 2024
8:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
Cost of Living

Saturday, April 6, 2024
8:00 PM – Arts Emerson
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party

Sunday, April 7, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
Company

Sunday, April 7, 2024
1:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
Jagged Little Pill

Sunday, April 21, 2024
2:00 PM – Arts Emerson
The Book of Mountains and Seas

Saturday, May 4, 2024
6:00 PM – Wheelock
A Wrinkle in Time

Sunday, May 5, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston @ Colonial
Clue

Sunday, May 5, 2024
1:00 PM – Hanover Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird

Sunday, May 5, 2024
3:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
A Strange Loop

Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:30 AM – Wheelock
A Wrinkle in Time (student matinee)

Saturday, May 11, 2024
2:00 PM – Wheelock
A Wrinkle in Time

Friday, May 17, 2024
8:00 PM – SpeakEasy @ Calderwood
A Strange Loop

Saturday, May 18, 2024
2:00 PM – Moonbox Productions @ Arrow Street Arts
Mermaid Hour

Thursday, May 30, 2024
10:00 AM – Huntington
Toni Stone (student matinee)

Sunday, June 2, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
Come from Away

Saturday, June 15, 2024
2:30 PM – Huntington
Toni Stone

Sunday, June 23, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
MJ

Thursday, June 27, 2024
7:30 AM – A.R.T.
Gatsby

Saturday, June 29, 2024
2:00 PM – A.R.T.
Gatsby

Saturday, July 7, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
MJ

Sunday, July 21, 2024
5:00 PM – Gazebo Players
Two Gentlemen of Verona

Saturday, July 27, 2024
5:00 PM – Gazebo Players
Two Gentlemen of Verona

August 4, 2024
5:00 PM – Gazebo Players
Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sunday, August 18, 2024
1:00 PM – Broadway in Boston
Les Miserables

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