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April 2011 Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Events

terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

To purchase tickets, call (202) 416-8528 (voice/relay); (202) 416-8524 (TTY). For more information and to find out when tickets go on sale, please visit .

Wicked-Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center
To purchase tickets, call (202) 416-8528 (voice/relay); (202) 416-8524 (TTY). For more information and to find out when tickets go on sale, please visit .
Tickets to Wicked have gone on sale and are selling very quickly!
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.
The following performances of Wicked are scheduled to be sign interpreted or captioned:
terpreted: Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM
Captioned: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM; Friday, August 5 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted AND Captioned: Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 PMIf you'd like to attend a scheduled sign-interpreted or captioned performance, buy your tickets as soon as possible before they sell out!

Eisenhower Theater
terpreted: Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 PM
Interpreters: Miako Villanueva & Gerard Williams
Revered director Peter Brook, returning to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1973, brings together five short works by playwright Samuel Beckett for his theater collection, Fragments. Brook's pared-down style is the perfect complement to Beckett's lean examinations of the absurdity of life. The works, Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby, Act Without Words II, Neither, and Come and Go, combine "cruelty, laughter, and unexpected tenderness" (The Daily Telegraph). "They give us Beckett distilled. And in the hands of Brook…the sharp observation of human conduct is lovingly delivered" (The Financial Times).
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Sign language interpreting and/or captioning for Theater for Young Audiences performances is available upon request! To request interpreting or captioning, please contact the Accessibility Office, at least two weeks in advance, by phone at (202) 416-8727 (voice), (202) 416-8728 (TTY), or email at and the Kennedy Center will make every effort to accommodate the request.

For more information, or to access a complete list of the 2010-2011 Theater for Young Audiences Season, visit .

Doktor Kaboom!
April 1 - 10, 2011
Family Theater
Doktor Kaboom! takes audiences on an amazing educational tour of modern scientific methods, using comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.
Age 7+
D.C. Metropolitan Area
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Arena Stage
terpreted: Thursday, March 31 at 8:00 PM
Interpreters: Janet Bailey & Hank Young

You're invited for drinks with George and Martha. As wickedly hilarious today as when it first shocked audiences, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is an ingeniously funny play that packs a helluva wallop. What starts as verbal sparring at an impromptu cocktail party, devolves into a no-holds-barred battle of wits and wills. With brilliant writing and some of the greatest characters ever created for the stage, Albee set a new standard for American theater with this sharp, vicious Molotov cocktail of a play. Starring Tony Award winner Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

Groups of 10+ save!

To purchase tickets, visit , call the Sales Office at (202) 488-3300 (voice/relay), ( 202) 484-0247 (TTY), or e-mail for more information.
L'Abbe de L'Epee: A Satire
Ellstad Auditorium, Gallaudet University
April 7-9 and 15-16 at 8:00 PM; April 9-10 at 2:00 PM
L’Abbe de L’Epee, known as “the father of Deaf education,” plays the hero in this mystery-melodrama. The perpetually-celebrated L’Epee goes to Toulouse on a noble quest to restore an orphaned Deaf-mute found off the streets of Paris to his rightful place as immediate heir to ancient royalty, the Earl of Harancour. Written in 1799, this production will seem like a historically accurate period piece, but it is actually a highly satirical, 21st century take on Bouilly’s play, alluding to (and incorporating) Deaf identity politics, Deaf education paradigms, and even recent controversies sparked by the casting of hearing actors as Deaf characters in theatre and film.
Appropriate for patrons 12 years and older.
For more information, please call (202) 651-5500 (voice/relay); (202) 651-5502 (TTY), email , or visit .
To purchase tickets, visit .
Mock Trial - The Robert Chiltern Affair: An Ideal Husband's Dilemma
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall
terpreted: Monday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Mrs. Laura Cheveley has been prosecuted and convicted of violating the federal blackmail statues for threatening to expose the reason behind Representative Robert Chiltern’s financial and political success. Outraged, Mrs. Cheveley is challenging the statute as unconstitutional. She asserts that she was merely acting in the interests of civic integrity and beneficial social policy. A special session of the Supreme Court convening at Sidney Harman Hall will hear her case.
This event is sold out, but we do have a waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, please call (202) 547-1122 (voice/relay); (202) 638-3863 (TTY).
The Color Purple
National Theatre
terpreted: Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 PM
Interpreters: Joe Bannister & Shante Frazier

The Color Purple, featuring special guest star Lil' Mo, is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous, Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, The Color Purple is about hope and the healing power of love.
To purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 447-7400. Tickets will be available at the National Theatre Box Office beginning March 21. For groups of 10 or more, call (866) 276-2947.
For more information, call (202) 628-6161 or visit .

The New Electric Ballroom
Studio Theatre, Metheny Theatre
terpreted: Friday, April 29 at 8:00 PM
Three aging sisters in a small Irish village tell and retell the story of a dance hall of their youth, a certain handsome rock star, and the night that changed their lives. Their only visitor is a lonely fishmonger, who may ultimately offer the sisters an escape from the stories they’ve let imprison them.
One Destiny
Ford's Theatre
terpreted: Saturday, April 30 at 10:45 AM
Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. This 30-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night.
To arrange seats for a sign-interpreted performance, please call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833 or visit in person.


Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Theatre Malz on the campus of Gallaudet University
Thursday, May 5 at 10:00 AM; Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 PM
The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Performing Arts Program cordially invites you and your students to attend this year’s not-to-be-missed Spring Play: Hairspray!
It's 1962, the time of high bouffant hairdos and teenage TV dance programs like Baltimore's "Corny Collins Show." Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches her hometown a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on the show. Come and join in the fun as hilarious teen rivals compete on the dance floor in John Waters's famous Hairspray! The show is suitable for middle school through high school students.
For ticket reservations, contact or call (202) 651-5031. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s play
Quest presents Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long, But Somebody's Trying to Kill Me!
Baltimore Theatre Project
April 7 - 9 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 PM
In this one-man visual theatre piece, Drew discovers all the performers in a vaudeville variety show have been murdered. It’s up to him to perform all their acts, or he’s next. Drew attempts every act in the show, from juggling 36 balls to sawing a woman in half to jumping rope while balanced on a large ball in this comical examination of fears – fear of performing, fear of failure and fear of death. When courage fails, the only answer is dramatic foolishness.
Help, Help! is accessible to deaf, hearing, and non-English speaking audiences.
To purchase a ticket, visit or call the Baltimore Theatre Project Box Office at (410) 752-8558.

Crowns by Regina Taylor
Gilliam Concert Hall, The Murphy Fine Arts Center of Morgan State University
terpreted: Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
There has always been a hat for every occassion in the African American community. Musical theatre, oral history, and fashion show collaborate to explore the Black identity and history as it is seen through the eyes of a young woman who has taken a pilgrimage down Southto stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn, N.Y. The young lady notices that there are hats everywhere and each one of them holds a story that is an integral part of her heritage. Crowns traces the history of hats in the African American community back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion.
To purchase tickets, visit , call (410) 547-SEAT, or call The Murphy Fine Arts Center Box Office at (443) 885-4440.
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.
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