Enjoy live theater with audio descriptions

Just in time for the summer theater season, Perkins Library offers a list of local audio-described theater performances

Two men sitting on chairs onstage

The ART's production of The Last Two People On Earth is playing now.

May 19, 2015

If you’re visually impaired, it’s much easier to enjoy live theater when you can listen to an audio description. Perkins Library has compiled a list of area performances with audio description running through September 2015.

Audio descriptions provide essential information about the performance – actions, props, facial expressions and more – via headphones between lines of dialogue. A preshow audio description of sets and costumes will generally begin 30 minutes prior to curtain. Plan to arrive early to give yourself time to get headsets and programs, and to be seated.

American Repertory Theater

The Loeb Drama Center, Harvard Square
64 Brattle Street, Cambridge
www.americanrepertorytheater.org | Phone: 617-547-8300
To purchase tickets, email: boxoffice@amrep.org

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville (World Premiere)

Audio described: Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 pm & Saturday, May 23, 2:00 pm

It’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on earth who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, and R.E.M. to Queen. Starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.


Audio Described: Wednesday, September 9, 7:30 pm & Saturday, September 12, 2:00 pm

Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly. This new musical follows the story of Jenna, an inventive waitress trapped in a small-town diner and a loveless marriage. Pregnant and lonely, Jenna finds relief in making creatively titled pies – and in a budding romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Broadway Across America – Boston Opera House

539 Washington Street, Boston
www.bostonoperahouse.com | Phone: 617-259-3400
To purchase tickets, visit: http://boston.broadway.com/accessible_services/


Audio Described: Sunday, June 28, 1:00 pm

Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York.

Kinky Boots

Audio Described: Sunday, August 16, 1:00 pm

Kinky Boots is the unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony and Grammy-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It's a feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun and a kick of pure joy! Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots is based on a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. It tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend – cabaret star, Lola – who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that’s ever rocked the runways of Milan – giving the factory and its hardworking family a sparkling new future. Kinky Boots is an exuberant story about finding friendship, inspiration and passion where you least expect, proving that you change the world when you change your mind.

Wheelock Family Theatre

200 The Riverway, Boston
www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org | Phone: 617-879-2300
To purchase tickets, email: tickets@wheelock.edu

Shrek: The Musical

Audio Described: Friday, May 22, 7:30 pm & Sunday, May 24, 3:00 pm

The 2008 Broadway smash about a horrible ogre, a feisty princess and a garrulous donkey, Shrek the Musical simultaneously subverts and fulfills fairy-tale expectations. With wit and a mischievous humor, we follow our misanthropic, green hero as he learns about the power of friendship and the magical nature of love, all while thwarting a dastardly villain. Based on the irreverent picture book by William Steig and the award-winning animated film by DreamWorks, this singing, dancing extravaganza explores the relative nature of beauty, the beguiling myth of “happily-ever-after,” and the importance of accepting others for who they really are. Recommended for adults, teens and children 7-plus.