American Repertory Theater Announces Access Performances for the Remainder of 2016/17 Season

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2016

Contact: Kati Mitchell 617.496.2000 x8841



American Repertory Theater Announces 

Access Performances for the Remainder of 2016/17 Season

ASL, Open Captioned, Audio Described, and Sensory Friendly Performances


Cambridge, Mass — The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, has scheduled its remaining access performances for the 2016/17 Season including American Sign Language (ASL), open captioned, audio described, and sensory-friendly performances for select shows.


The schedule is as follows:



ASL Interpreted: Wednesday, January 4 at 7:30PM & Saturday, January 7 at 2PM (John Pirone, ASL Coach)

Audio Described: Thursday, January 5 at 7:30PM & Sunday, January 8 at 2PM (Alice Austin, Primary Describer; Janet Stankus, Secondary Describer)

Open Captioned: Thursday, January 5 at 7:30PM & Sunday, January 8 at 2PM



Sensory Friendly: Friday, December 30 at 2PM

Environmental adjustments to the show include:

·       The house lights will remain dimmed during the performance, rather than completely off;

The volume of the performance will be reduced;

There will be a staffed quiet area available in the lobby for children who need to take a break from the show;

·       There will be a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere where patrons can enter and exit the theater freely during the performance; 

·       Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist with patron needs; Tablets and smartphones will be permitted to help non-verbal children communicate.



ASL Interpreted: Wednesday, February 1at 7:30PM & Saturday, February 4 at 2PM (Randee Pascall-Speights, ASL Coach)

Audio Described: Thursday, February 2 at 7:30PM & Sunday, February 5 at 2PM

Open Captioned: Thursday, February 2 at 7:30PM & Sunday, February 5 at 2PM



ASL Interpreted: Sunday, March 12 at 2PM & Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30PM (Michael Krajnak, ASL Coach)

Audio Described: Thursday, March 16 at 7:30PM & Saturday, March 18 at 2PM

Open Captioned: Thursday, March 16 at 7:30PM & Saturday, March 18 at 2PM



Arrabal is performed primarily through tango dance and Latin music with limited spoken Spanish language, and English surtitles projected onstage. There will be no designated access dates for Arrabal.


A touch tour will precede all Audio Described performances listed above. The tour includes a tactile tour of costumes and production materials, and will be held in the West Lobby of the Loeb Drama Center one hour prior to curtain.


Descriptions of the 2016/17 Season productions are as follows:



Written by Alexa JungeBased on the novel by Sarah Waters Directed by Bill Rauch
The job seems simple at first: all that pickpocket Sue Trinder has to do is help a con man cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune. But nothing is quite what it seems in this mystery set in the shadows of Victorian England. Spiraling through London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret, Sue finds herself in the most dangerous landscape of all: awakening sexuality, love, and betrayal. Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way) directs this adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. This production premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015. 




Written by Roald DahlAdapted by David Wood Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky
James Trotter, an orphan, lives with his two abominable aunts in a house by the sea. James' life is lonely and sad until, one day, he receives a mysterious gift. His aunts' old peach tree starts to creak and groan, and a peach grows bigger and bigger and bigger. James finds his way inside, where he meets a troupe of chatty (and enormous) bugs. When the peach rolls down the hill and out to sea, James and his new friends find themselves on a fantastic transatlantic adventure. A.R.T.’s family programming continues with his adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved tale.


TRANS SCRIPTS, Part I: The Women

Written by Paul Lucas Directed by Jo Bonney
Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts uses the real words of transgender women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the trans community. Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the US premiere of this moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A series of complementary work will be presented at A.R.T.’s second stage, OBERON, during January 2017. 



Written by Tennessee Williams • Directed by Michael Wilson

On the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm. Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man), Williams' feverishly poetic 1961 drama follows a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers round out the roster of misfits in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within.



Book by John Weidman • Music by Gustavo Santaolalla • Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo

A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman’s quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and the propulsive music of the band Bajofondo, the show features an ensemble and band direct from Buenos Aires. Directed and co-choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (choreography Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal), with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and book by Tony Award nominee John Weidman (Contact, Assassins), Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past. Produced in association with Truworthy Productions.


For further information call 617.547.8300 or visit


The Loeb Drama Center, located at 64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, is accessible to persons with special needs and to those requiring wheelchair seating or first-floor restrooms.

Release Date:
November 28, 2016

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