“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 2019-2020 productions:
September 22, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
September 29, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm. RSVP by Sept. 23 to (773) 654-3103.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
November 24, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm.
December 1, 2019: relaxed / sensory-friendly show @ 2:30pm.
ROAN @ THE GATES
February 16, 2020: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
February 23, 2020: open captioning @ 2:30pm. RSVP by Feb. 17 to (773) 654-3103.
Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT
July 12, 2020: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
July 19, 2020: open captioning @ 2:30pm. RSVP by July 13 to (773) 654-3103.
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.
RELAXED / SENSORY-FRIENDLY
Accommodations for a relaxed / sensory-friendly performance are made for It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! It includes lower sound levels, leaving on house lights, designated quiet areas, and patrons are free to talk and leave seats during the performance. Learn more >>.
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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