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The A.R.T. is dedicated to providing quality arts experiences for everyone.

Purchase your tickets for our ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, Audio Described, or Sensory Friendly performances via phone at 617.547.8300, in person at our Ticket Services Office, or by email at and let the customer service representative know which performances you are interested in. Ticket Services hours are Tuesday-Sunday from noon - 5PM, or until 1/2 hour prior to curtain.

Access Performances


ASL Interpreted: Sep. 8, 7:30PM
Audio Described: Sep. 9, 7:30PM & Sep. 12, 2PM
Open Captioned: Sep. 3, 7:30PM & Sep. 6, 2PM

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Audio Described: Dec. 30, 7:30PM & Jan. 3, 2PM
Open Captioned: Dec. 17, 7:30PM & Dec. 20, 2PM

The Pirate Princess

Sensory Friendly: Dec. 28, 2:00PM

Nice Fish

Audio Described: Feb. 4, 7:30PM & Feb. 7, 2PM
ASL: Feb. 2, 7:30PM & Feb. 6 at 2PM 
Open Captioned: Jan. 28, 7:30PM & Jan. 31, 2PM


Audio Described: March 3, 7:30PM & March 6, 2PM
ASL: March 1, 7:30PM & March 5, 2PM 
Open Captioned: Feb. 25, 7:30PM & Feb. 28, 2PM

In The Body of the World

Audio Described: May 26, 7:30PM & May 28, 7:30PM
Open Captioned: May 12, 7:30PM & May 15, 2PM

What is ASL?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. With signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.

Sign language is not a universal language -- each country has its own sign language, and regions have dialects, much like the many languages spoken all over the world. Like any spoken language, ASL is a language with its own unique rules of grammar and syntax. Like all languages, ASL is a living language that grows and changes over time.

ASL is used predominantly in the United States and in many parts of Canada. ASL is accepted by many high schools, colleges, and universities in fulfillment of modern and “foreign” language academic degree requirements across the United States. Learn more at the National Association of the Deaf website.

What is Audio Description?

Audio description helps to ensure that people who are blind or have low vision enjoy equal access to performances (theater, dance, opera, film, video, and television) and exhibits (art galleries and museums, history and science museums, and visitor centers) and more.

With performances, audio description uses the natural pauses in dialogue or narration to provide essential visual information. A trained describer inserts descriptions of critical visual elements: actions, appearance of characters, body language, costumes, settings, lighting, etc. At live performances, descriptions are delivered through a wireless earphone allowing people who are blind or have low vision to sit anywhere in the audience.

With exhibits, audio description melds the description of significant visual elements with an abbreviated version of any posted text. Descriptions may be delivered as part of a live or recorded tour through specialized playback systems. Recorded tours also include information about the operation of the device and basic navigation through the space. Learn more at the Open Caption Coalition website.

What is Open Captioning?

Open captioning is a text display of words and sounds heard during an event.  The display is positioned in such a way that it is open for anyone to see in a particular seating area.  It is considered passive assistance, a service that is there to use or ignore.  No one is labeled as needing the captioning with special equipment required at his/her seat. Learn more at the Theatre Development Fund Website.

What is Sensory Friendly?

The A.R.T. programs Sensory Friendly performances for theatergoers with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other sensory sensitivities. The 2014/15 season schedule is as follows:

Learn more about Sensory Friendly performances at the A.R.T.

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Access at Loeb Drama Center

64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

The theater is fully wheelchair accessible with an automatic door from the sidewalk located near the corner of Brattle and Hilliard Streets. The lobby and entrance to the theater are all at sidewalk level.

Rows that can be accessed without using stairs: The theater can be configured multiple ways: in Proscenium, HH; in Half, Row A; and in Thrust, Rows A & BB

Restrooms: A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is located to the left as you face the box office in the front lobby (ushers or reception desk personnel will direct you).

Hearing: The theater is equipped with an infrared amplification system for the hard of hearing; headsets are available at the reception desk.

Vision: There is no obstructed view in the Loeb Drama Center. We provide large print programs at every production and you can pick one up at our reception desk.

Access at OBERON

2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA

OBERON is fully wheelchair accessible via the main entrance on Massachusetts Avenue and there is a ramp from Mount Auburn St. to the Massachusetts Ave. entrance.

Restrooms: A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is located to the right at the end of the hall in the front lobby (ushers or Box Office personnel will direct you).

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