“American Blues Theater hosts excellent touch tours and audio-described performances. The cast and crew are warm and friendly. They really make us feel like a part of what is going on. I highly recommend this experience for blind or fully-sighted theater-goers” – Sally Cooper, Access Blue Card member for audio descriptions.
American Blues Theater is committed to making its performances available to the community. In celebration of ADA 25 Chicago, American Blues Theater is excited to announce the Access Blue Card. Patrons can now purchase a deeply discounted Blue Card to attend the Touch Tours & Audio Described performance or Open Captioning for every production in our season.
Below are the current dates of our remaining 2017-2018 productions:
BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
May 6, 2018: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
May 13, 2018: open captioning @ 2:30pm.
October 14, 2018: open captioning @ 2:30pm.
October 21, 2018: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
December 9, 2018: touch tour @ 1:30pm.
ON CLOVER ROAD
February 17, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
February 24, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.
THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
April 7, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
April 14, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.
THE SPITFIRE GRILL – a musical
May 26, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.
June 2, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
American Blues Theater performs in a venue (Stage 773) that is fully accessible and reserved wheelchair seating in each theater upon request. Patrons with special needs are encouraged to contact the box office in advance and arrive early for seating assistance.
This service allows blind and visually-impaired patrons to hear a description of the visual elements taking place on stage. Listeners will hear a description of actions, body language, lights, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices and sounds from the stage. This service is available for specific performance.
Available 60 minutes before each Audio Described performance. Touch Tours are 45 minute artistic conversations and tactile explorations of costumes, props and set pieces for patrons who are blind or low-vision. Please make reservations for the Touch Tour when you order your tickets.
Open Captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production—very similar to closed captioning on your TV.
American Blues Theater also provides performances for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Our special sold-out performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! for Anixter Center, Misericordia, and other organizations and schools are a fantastic way to celebrate the season. Call (773) 654-3103 to learn more.
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