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Events: Signed Interpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

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Concerts for Young People by Young People, Classical Series with Niv Ashkenazi, Emerald Quartet, and Kristina Winiarski

Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater

terpreted & Captioned: Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 PM

Classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. Mr. Ashkenazi has won numerous competitions including the Culver City Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Mr. Ashkenazi was also the recipient of the 2007 VSA International Young Soloists Award.

Concerts for Young People by Young People, Non-Classical Series with The Ransom Notes, Leo Manzari, and Amy K. Bormer

Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater

terpreted & Captioned: Friday, February 4 at 6:00 PM

The Ransom Notes, a group of talented young musicians from Denver blend Classical, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Gospel music in a way like no other. At 22, Amanda plays violin/fiddle, mandolin, guitar and provides vocals for the group. Michael is 18 and primarily plays the cello (an instrument unique to the world of bluegrass music), as well as a little mandolin, and also adds his fair share of vocals to each performance. The youngest member of the trio, 16 year old Amelia, plays violin/fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and a host of other instruments. They recently performed on Capitol Hill as part of the 2010 International VSA Festival.

Scott MacIntyre

Millennium Stage

terpreted & Captioned: Saturday, February 5 at 6:00 PM

Since captivating the nation as a finalist on Season 8 of American Idol, singer-songwriter Scott MacIntyre, a 2008 VSA International Young Soloist Award recipient, has continued his successful career trajectory.

Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan

Eisenhower Theater

Captioned: Friday, February 11 at 7:30 PM

Famed Irish theater company Druid and New York's Atlantic Theatre present The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh and directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Direction. Set in rural Ireland in 1934, this dark comedy depicts the impact that a Hollywood film crew has over the local residents when it shows up to document the tiny island of Inishmore. When a young, orphaned "cripple" named Billy Claven is selected for a part in the film, his dreams of escape take flight.

D.C. Metropolitan Area

Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Winter Dance Concert

MSSD Theatre Malz on Gallaudet University Campus

Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, February 3 at 10:00 AM; Friday, February 4 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, February 5 at 8:00 PM

This dance concert features the outstanding work of seven deaf choreographers—Adrian Saylor, Tara Downing, Fred Beam, Mervin Primeaux, Antonio Webb, Jennifer Drew, and Yola Rozynek—and seven guest dance companies and performers who bring to life dance styles from many cultures. The guest companies and artists this year are: Nrityalaya School of Indian Classical Odissi Dance, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dance Company,Bison With Attitude Dance Company, The Wild Zappers and the National Deaf Dance Theater, Edgeworks Dance Theatre, Mervin Primeaux and Antoine Hunter. The concert is suitable for elementary through high school students.

For ticket reservations, contact or call (202) 651-5031.

The Carpetbagger's Children

Ford's Theatre

Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, February 3 at 7:30 PM & Saturday, February 12 at 4:00 PM

In a series of charming, humorous and poignant vignettes, Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children weaves a captivating tapestry of family secrets, small-town life and private tragedies. At the center of the play are sisters Cornelia, Grace Ann and Sissie, daughters of a Union soldier who moved south after the war. The sisters’ bonds are challenged as they seek to preserve the family’s Texas plantation in an era of startling growth and change.

To arrange seats for a sign-interpreted performance, please call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833 or visit in person.

Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet

Studio Theatre, Mead Theatre

terpreted: Friday, February 4 at 8:00 PM

The sweltering final chapter of The Brother/Sister Plays, including The Studio Theatre hits The Brothers Size (2008) and In the Red and Brown Water (2010), cuts close to the bone. In this whimsical story of a young boy becoming a man and discovering his sexuality, Marcus risks alienating his loved ones in his own search for love. Past and present, obligation and desire, lust and friendship all collide in the sultry Louisiana heat.

To purchase tickets, please call (202) 332-3300 (voice)/(202) 667-8436 (TTY) or visit us on-line at .

The Arabian Nights

Arena Stage

Sign-Interpreted: Sunday, February 6 at 7:30 PM & Thursday, February 10 at 8:00 PM

Captioned: Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 PM

In ancient Baghdad, a courageous young girl postpones her execution by weaving magical tales for the troubled king. Genies and jesters, lovers and thieves spring to life from Scheherazade's imagination – allowing her to win the king's heart even as she secures her freedom. Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) celebrates the wonder of storytelling and the redemptive power of love in this "exhilarating, imaginative theatrical escape" (Variety) that Chicago magazine calls a "feast for the eyes and ears."

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To purchase tickets, please visit or call the sales office at (202) 488-3300 (voice/relay); (202) 484-0247 (TTY) or e-mail for more information. 

Let Me Down Easy

Arena Stage

Captioned: Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30 PM

Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) explores the power of the body, the price of health and the resilience of the spirit. Based on interviews with an eclectic range of people, from a heavyweight boxer to a former supermodel, and from Texas Governor Ann Richards to legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, Let Me Down Easy “is a totally vital piece of theater, mixing a standup comic’s instincts with a great reporter’s keen eye” (Variety).

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To purchase tickets, please visit or call the sales office at (202) 488-3300 (voice/relay); (202) 484-0247 (TTY) or e-mail for more information. 


Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall

terpreted: Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30 PM

Interpreters: Mark Morrisson & Krista Walker

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Bette Hicks

The Shakespeare Theatre Company premiere of Cymbeline follows Imogen on her search for reconciled love against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion— Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call (202) 547-1122 (voice); (877) 487-8849 (Toll Free); (202) 638-3863 (TTY).

Charming Billy

Round House Theatre

terpreted: Saturday, February 19 at 3:00 PM

Interpreters provided by Purple Communications

In a Bronx bar, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch.  Through the night, his friends and family weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secrets and all-sorrow.

For information and tickets, please call (240) 644-1100 or visit .

The Comedy of Errors

Folger Theatre

Captioned: Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 PM

A shipwreck, one of Shakespeare's favorite launching devices, starts off this comedy's craziness of coincidence and confusion. Antipholus and his servant Dromio journey from Syracuse in search of their long-lost, identically named twin brothers. Their arrival in Ephesus sets off a chain of mishaps as the twins are mistaken for each other, culminating in a climax of comedic chaos.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call the Box Office at (202) 544-7077.

Coming Soon to the Kennedy Center!


Eisenhower Theater

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, May 24 & Friday, May 27 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Fred Beam

Captioned: Friday, June 3 at 7:30 PM & Sunday, June 5 at 1:30 PM

Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couples rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater.


Opera House

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 & Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernie Hairston

Captioned: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM; Friday, August 5 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 PM

Back by "popular" demand! The New York Times calls Wicked "the defining musical of the decade," and when it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.

Performances of Wicked will sell out. Tickets go on sale March 13, 2011 - put this date on your calendar and order tickets early!


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