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Accessibility

Since its early days, Arena Stage has played a pioneering role in providing access for people with disabilities to its productions. With the grand opening of the Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage is dedicated more than ever to providing access for all patrons.

With updated assistive-listening technology, accessible seating in all three venues, and performances that are captioned and described we strive to meet the needs of everyone with disabilities.

important Information

Phone (V)
202-488-3300
Phone (TTY)
202-484-0247
online
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Audio described (AD) and
Open Captioned (OC) performances

Born for This

Born For This

AUG 13 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
AUG 13 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
AUG 18 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

OCT 8 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
OCT 19 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
OCT 20 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
OCT 22 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

OCT 29 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
NOV 2 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
Carousel

Carousel

NOV 13 at 1:00 p.m. (OC)
NOV 16 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
NOV 17 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
NOV 19 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
Moby Dick

Moby Dick

DEC 3 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
DEC 14 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
DEC 15 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
DEC 17 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
Roe

Roe

JAN 25 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
JAN 28 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
JAN 28 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
FEB 9 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
Watch on the Rhine

Watch on the Rhine

FEB 11 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
FEB 22 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
FEB 23 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
Intelligence

Intelligence

MAR 11 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
MAR 15 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
MAR 23 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

APR 19 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
APR 20 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
APR 29 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
Smart People

Smart People

MAY 11 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
MAY 13 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
MAY 17 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
MAY 20 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices amplify and clarify the sound onstage. The devices may be used in any seat at any performance in the Fichandler, Kreeger and Kogod Cradle. Headsets with induction neck loops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch.

There is no charge for headsets. They are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Services Desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.

Handicapped Parking

Onsite accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must call the Box Office in advance (202-488-3300) to reserve a space. The cost is $20 per performance. Vehicles must bear a valid Department of Motor Vehicles disability parking placard or license plate.

Arena Stage offers valet service at no additional cost to our patrons with accessibility needs who have booked their parking in advance. To take advantage of this service, simply pull up at the main entrance to Arena Stage on Sixth Street and a valet will assist you. Valet parking is available one hour before show time for all performances.

For other parking information, visit the Transportation & Parking section of our website. View More

Mobility Concerns

Accessible seating/locations are available in the Fichandler, Kreeger and Kogod Cradle. Patrons may either remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats. Patrons who would like to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance should request wheelchair-accessible locations when buying their tickets. To see the wheelchair seating locations please visit our Plan Your Visit page. view more

The Mead Center has accessible entrances to the building and all three theaters. The building's open layout allows most locations to be easily accessed without encountering a door.

Accessible restrooms are available on all levels of the Mead Center.

An elevator operates between the Main Entrance level (off Sixth Street) to the Main Lobby. A second elevator services the Kreeger Theater Orchestra, Main Lobby and Terrace levels. A ramp may be used to enter the center from the parking garage.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available for loan to navigate the Mead Center. We suggest that those planning on using one of our wheelchairs bring someone to assist them around the Mead Center, since our volunteers and staff are not able to leave their posts to assist. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.

Open-Captioning

Open-Captioned performances provide patrons with live text presentation of onstage dialogue on a four-foot LED sign. An experienced captioner scrolls up to three lines of text at a time in sync with the actors' spoken word.

Open-captioned performances are prescheduled on selected Wednesday and Thursday evenings for each production in our subscription season.

Open-captioning is offered in a specific area of the theater. Please use promotional code ACCESS to purchase seats online or call the Sales Office and ask for seating in the Open Caption section.

Open-Captioned subscription packages are available! Call 202-488-3300 or 202-484-0247 (TTY).

Audio Description/Low-Vision

Audio description is a carefully timed narration of the onstage visual elements in the performance, including the action, costumes and scenery. Program notes are available 10 to 15 minutes before show time. The description is broadcast live simultaneously via an inconspicuous FM receiver. Patrons may choose a single earpiece or dual headset.

This service is prescheduled on selected Saturday matinee performances for each production in our subscription season.

Patrons may pick up their receiver and headset, free-of-charge, at the Visitors Services Desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.

Audio-Described subscription packages are available! Call 202-488-3300 or 202-484-0247 (TTY).

Braille, Audio and Large-Print Programs

Program books are available in large-print and braille formats at all performances and may be picked up, free-of-charge, from the Visitors Services desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance.

Audio-recorded programs are available on request of at least two weeks' notice.

TTY Available

A TTY information and sales line is available at 202-484-0247.

Script Loan

The Script Loan Program is available for patrons who find that reading the play before attending improves their experience. Arena Stage can mail you a copy of the script before your performance.

E-mail access@arenastage.org or request a script when you buy your tickets. Scripts are only available for loan on advance request and must be returned on the day of your scheduled performance.

Scripts may be returned to the Visitor Services Desk or mailed to:
Arena Stage: Accessibility
1101 Sixth St., SW
Washington, DC 20024