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Kennedy Center September 2013 Sign-Interpreted, Captioned Theater Alert

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Nicholas McCarthy


Millennium Stage
terpreted and Captioned: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Interpreter: Raymont Anderson
Born without his right hand, Nicholas McCarthy only began to play the piano at the late age of 14. He is one of a few left-handed pianists worldwide, and the only to graduate from the Royal College of Music in London. McCarthy brings his piano virtuosity to the Millennium Stage with a performance of contemporary and classical works. Presented in cooperation with VSA.
The performance is free and open to the public; seating is first come first served.


Info : Nicholas McCarthy

Mary Theresa Archbold and Pat Shay in Jazz Hand: Tales of a One-Armed Woman


Millennium Stage
terpreted and Captioned: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Interpreters: Mindy Lanie and Miako Rankin
Jazz Hand is a two-person sketch show that addresses some of the awkward and absurd situations that Archbold has encountered regarding her prosthetic arm. Featuring hilarious personal monologues, dancing, and singing, Jazz Hand holds a mirror up to the stereotypes carried by an unwitting and (mostly) good-intentioned general public. Presented in cooperation with VSA.
The performance is free and open to the public; seating is first come first served.


Info : Jazz Hand

29th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance


Millennium Stage
terpreted and Captioned: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Interpreters: Paul Harrelson, Miako Rankin, and Jayne Tubergen
This year’s nine competition winners and their winning scripts will be celebrated, and excerpts of three scripts will be performed as staged readings.  The performance will feature Tami Lee Santimyer. Presented in cooperation with VSA.
The performance is free and open to the public; seating is first come first served.


Info : VSA Playwright Discovery

Shear Madness

Shear Madness


Theater Lab
terpreted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Interpreters: Janet Bailey, David Bruce, and Marc Holmes (First Chair Interpreted Productions)
Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 11,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.


Info : Shear Madness

Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet


Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM
The smash Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet returns, inspired by the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock ‘n' Roll," brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.


Info : Million Dollar Quartet

Subscriptions are available now!


Subscription packages for the 2013-2014 season featuring sign-interpreted and captioned performances are available for select theater series! For more information please visit the subscriptions website or contact the Subscriptions Office at (202) 416-8500 (voice/relay).

For information about requesting captioning for a series, please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice) or


Info: Subscriptions

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D.C. Metropolitan Area

Much Ado About Nothing – Free for All


Shakespeare Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St NW; Washington DC, 20004)
terpreted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Interpreters: Krista Leitch Walker and Timothy Chamberlain
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): David Martin
Everyone can see that Beatrice and Benedick are meant for each other except Beatrice and Benedick.  Hero and Claudio, themselves newly betrothed, conspire to trick them into announcing their feelings and falling for each other.  Meanwhile, a bitter and troublesome Don John schemes to destroy Claudio and Hero’s engagement by besmirching Hero’s honor.
Tickets are free, and seating is general admission. You can reserve seating in sign-interpreted section by calling the box office at 202.547.1122 (voice) or 202.638.3863 (TTY).  Please see House Management for access to the signed section of the theatre. For more information, visit


Info : Much Ado About Nothing

Art Signs Gallery Talks in ASL


Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & G Sts, NW
Sign-Interpreted: Thursdays - September 12, October 10 and November 14 at 5:30 PM
Sundays - August 18, September 22, October 20, November 24 at 1:00 PM
Curious about American art? Interested in expressing your thoughts and raising questions about a painting or sculpture? Join us for a 30-minute gallery conversation about artworks presented by specially trained volunteer ASL Gallery Guides. Art Signs will be held twice a month on Thursdays and Sundays.
Free, no tickets required
For more information, contact or visit


Info : Art Signs Gallery Talks in ASL

The Beauty Queen of Leenane


Round House Theatre - Bethesda, MD
terpreted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Interpreters: First Chair Interpreted Productions
Maureen, a lonely spinster in her forties, lives with her diabolically manipulative mother Mag in an isolated cottage in the west of Ireland.  Mag whines and bullies to get her way while Maureen resentfully fulfills her mother’s every command.  When Maureen is offered a last chance at love, she sees a chance to escape.  But Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of deceptions, secrets, and betrayals that are both heartbreaking and hilarious.
For information and to purchase tickets, please call the box office at 240/644-1100 or visit our website at


Info : The Beauty Queen of Leenane

St. Joan


Olney Theatre Center, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM (sign interpreted when requested two weeks in advance of performance)
Interpreter: Susan Paige Heney
In this stripped down, boldly theatrical, critically acclaimed new production by one of America’s most innovative theatre companies (BEDLAM Theatre of New York), we meet the Joan of Arc that Shaw believed in: not a saint, a witch, or a madwoman, but a French farm girl who is anything but simple — an illiterate intellectual, a true genius whose focus on the individual rocked the Church and State to their core. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Tickets available via or by calling the box office at 301-924-3400.


Info : St. Joan

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Coming Soon to the Kennedy Center!

Please visit event pages for on-sale dates. To purchase a subscription, please visit the subscriptions website or contact the Subscriptions Office at (202) 416-8500 (voice/relay).


Sister Act

Sister Act


Opera House
Captioned: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM
terpreted: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM
In this crowd-pleasing musical based on the hit film, a wannabe diva witnesses a crime and hides out in a convent. Under Mother Superior's watchful eye, she helps her fellow sisters find their voices, not to mention her own.


Info : Sister Act

Flashdance--The Musical

Flashdance--The Musical


Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Celebrating the hit movie's 30th anniversary, this inspiring stage musical adaptation includes all your favorite songs, from "Flashdance--What a Feeling" and "Maniac" to "Gloria" and "I Love Rock and Roll," plus 16 original songs!


Info : Flashdance--The Musical

Elf The Musical

Elf The Musical


Opera House
terpreted: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Captioned: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM
One of Hollywood's most beloved holiday hits is born again--on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity. This modern Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner elf.


Info : Elf The Musical

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher


Eisenhower Theater
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Captioned: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Winner of five Tony Awards, this innovative and imaginative prequel to Peter Pan--based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson--takes a hilarious, swashbuckling romp through the Neverland you never knew.


Info : Peter and the Starcatcher

Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin

An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin


Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Two of Broadway's most venerated performers join again after their 1980 Tony-winning performances in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Evita. "A sublime show!" says the New York Times.


Info : Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin

Side Show

Side Show


Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls), this new Kennedy Center revival of the hit musical follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers.


Info : Side Show

Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King


Opera House
Sign-Interpreted: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Captioned: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, Disney's The Lion King returns! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice's score brings the African Pridelands to life with "Circle of Life" and many more great songs.


Info : Disney's The Lion King

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Other Announcements

Buy seats in the interpreted and caption sections online!


Did you know that you can buy seats in the interpreted and captioned sections for upcoming performances at the Kennedy Center online? Just follow these three steps:
Find the production you want to attend. Visit and search for the production you want to see or view a list of upcoming interpreted or captioned performances. Click on the link to view the production page.
View the calendar to find the interpreted or captioned performance of that production: Click the “Tickets” tab to view the calendar and find the date and time of the upcoming captioned or interpreted performance. Once you’ve found the show you want to attend, click the “Tickets” button for that performance.
View and select your seats: To view seats that are available in the interpreted or captioned section, click on the “View Accessible Seating” button. (Note: The interpreted and captioned sections are usually in the orchestra section.) Click on the seats that you want to add to your cart and follow the steps to purchase your tickets.
If you have any questions about the process or you would like to request captioning or interpreters for a performance, please contact the Accessibility Office at (202) 416-8727 (voice/relay), (202) 416-8728 (TTY), or
Also, you can purchase tickets for interpreted or captioned performances direct from the friendly staff at the Instant Charge Services Desk by calling (202) 416-8528 (Voice) or (202) 416-8524 (TTY) Monday -Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM.


Career Opportunities in the Arts


Arts Internships in the D.C. Metro Area


Interested in careers in the arts? Opening Stages was developed to provide students and individuals with disabilities with information and resources on career development opportunities. The Fan page will highlight current disability-specific and mainstream opportunities. The Kennedy Center’s Opening Stages Facebook Fan page is loaded with career opportunity announcements such as:
Additionally, please become a fan of VSA's Facebook Fan page. VSA will bring you up-to-date information on upcoming performances and exhibitions featuring artists with disabilities, career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities, and accessible performances. You will find updates about different disability-specific and inclusive practices happening around the world.
The Kennedy Center Opening Stages and VSA's fan pages are open to all. Please become a fan and spread the word!


Fourth Wall Gone


Founded by: Miriam Ganz, Joshua Morgan & Tami Santimyer
With DC being the second largest theatre city in the country and also the home of one of the largest Deaf communities in the world, there are so many possibilities for collaboration!
To provide a platform promoting discussion, collaboration and access between hearing, hard of hearing and deaf theatre artists in Washington, DC.
Our Vision:
To create a truly cohesive, inclusive theatre community that works as one.  We believe that the whole is greater because of it’s parts.
To have a theatre community rich in knowledge about the Deaf community and strengthened by its unique, inclusive and diverse nature on and off stage.  Washington, DC would demonstrate, internationally, the artistic gain of cross-cultural collaboration between hearing, hard of hearing and deaf artists as well as model access in artistic expression, collaboration and theatrical experiences for audience members.

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The Kennedy Center introduces MyTix!


With MyTix, you can experience the Kennedy Center your way. If you are 18 - 30 years old or an active duty member of the armed services, join this new program designed to make the performing arts more accessible. And by “accessible,” we mean affordable. With discount offers galore and super-special free ticket giveaways, you’ll have access to all kinds of Kennedy Center performances. So see a Broadway hit, hear a symphony concert, or try something new. Plus you’ll get to meet other arts lovers and share your experiences online and in person. Sound like a deal? You better believe it!


Info : Kennedy Center MyTix

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