Part of their commitment to be accessible includes holding three Deaf Night at the Theatre performances during the 2014-2015 Season. The performances include: The Miracle Worker on Tuesday, October 14, A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, December 9, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Tuesday, March 3. The performances are supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
“We are excited about our Deaf Night at the Theatre performances at the CBT. Born out of a great need in this community, and out of collaborations with area service providers, these performances enable audiences of all kinds the opportunity to enjoy a culturally rich theatre-going experience,” said David B. Byrd, CBT Managing Director.
Produced in partnership with UT’s Center on Deafness, the performances are fully accessible to members of the Deaf community with more than a dozen interpreters stationed throughout the theatre and two teams interpreting the production. A number of seats with the best sightline to the interpreters are held in reserve.
“It is particularly appropriate for The Miracle Worker, a show about Helen Keller, to be accessible to everyone given that she was a pioneer and a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to have full access to education, employment, and the responsibilities of citizenship. In that spirit, the Center on Deafness at UT is thrilled to be a part of efforts to make the Clarence Brown Theatre accessible to the community,” said David Smith, Director of the UT Center on Deafness.
In addition to Deaf Night at the Theatre events, the CBT will also hold/have Open Captioned performances on the first Sunday 2:00 pm matinee for each of the remaining 2014-2015 Season productions: “Master Harold”…and the boys on February 8; A Midsummer Night’s Dream on February 22; A Shayna Maidel on March 29; and The Threepenny Opera on April 19. Open Captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production—very similar to closed captioning on a television.
For tickets, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161.
You can go to clarencebrowntheatre.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility to view the CBT accessibility plan.