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March 2014 Sign-Interpreted Theater Alert

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terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

Disney's The Lion King

Opera House

Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM; 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

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernest Hairston

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.


Tickets go on sale March 3 to the public.



WORLD STAGES: Rupert, Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia)

Eisenhower Theater

Captioned: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

U.S. PREMIERE! Australia's best-known and most prolific playwright takes on one of the greatest media moguls of all time in a riveting new production guaranteed to make headlines.

In English. Recommended for age 15 and up.



WORLD STAGES: Not by Bread Alone, Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble (Israel)

Terrace Theater

English supertitles and Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Captioned: Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language: Charm Smith

Interpreters: Sarah Blattberg and Miako Rankin

While making, kneading, and baking dough, eleven deaf and blind actors re-enact vivid memories, recall forgotten dreams, and share joyful moments.

In Hebrew with English supertitles and American Sign Language. In partnership with VSA.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.





D.C. Metropolitan Area


Studio Theatre

Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, March 8 at 2pm and Friday, March 15 at 8pm

Captioned: Sunday, March 16 at 2pm

Interpreters: First Chair

“The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years.” —The Wall Street Journal

Billy, a deaf man whose hearing family has never listened to him, comes to define his identity on his own terms in this sophisticated drama about family, belonging, and the limitations of language.

Box Office: 202.332.3300

V/TTY: 202.667.8436





Teatro de la Luna - Gunston Arts Center-Theater 2 (2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA)
In Spanish with English supertitles/captions for ALL performances: Feb. 13 through Mar. 9
"...If I could go into and out of my body, I would never be in it..." With great humor and open-and-honest manner, three women find themselves tackling the issues of motherhood and sexuality, looking for ‘the desired balance’.

Information and tickets: 703-548-3092 (box office); website:



Arena Stage - in the Fichandler Stage

Captioned: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

by Bertolt Brecht

Starring Kathleen Turner
directed by Molly Smith

Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage after her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to star in the mother of all roles. Tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Artistic Director Molly Smith helms this unique in-the-round staging of Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play fusing politics, satire and music into an epic theatrical experience.

Go to, call the sales office at V. 202-488-3300, TTY. 202-484-0247 or for more information.



Twilight Station

Theatre Project - 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Thursday, February 27 @ 8pm

Friday, February 28 @ 8pm

Saturday, March 1 @ 8pm

Sunday, March 2 @ 3pm

by Naoko Maeshiba

This show does not require interpreters.

Three characters meet in an obscure station where their past lives, dreams, and illusions get intertwined. Naoko Maeshiba and Wings company explore the boundary of fluctuating time and space with highly physical and sensual language. The piece is also a collaboration with a musician and composer Andy Hayleck and features Sarah Tundermann's lighting.

World Premiere presented as part of QuestFest 2014.

For tickets and more information:




Round House Theatre

terpreted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 3:00pm

Interpreters: First Chair Interpretive Productions 

There’s no such thing as an “easy A” in this class! Writing turns into a contact sport in the fast, funny, and smart new comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck.

Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. They came for a class in writing but got a lesson in survival. Laughter abounds in this hit from Broadway’s most-produced female playwright.

For tickets and information, please contact the box office at 240/644-1100 or visit our website at



Mamma Mia!

The National Theatre

terpreted: Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:00 PM

MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA tells the story of an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island. Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

Visit or call 800-514-3849 for tickets or call 202-628-6161 for info.


Synetic Theater (1800 S. Bell St in Crystal City - Arlington VA)

Silent Shakespeare Adaptation: March 13, 2014 - April 6, 2014

Join us as we revisit our first "silent Shakespeare" adaptation – the multiple Helen Hayes Award-winner that started it all for Synetic. A silent rendering of the iconic tale of a grief-stricken prince torn between duty, love, conscience and fear, this revitalized production will employ all the skills and techniques we have honed and developed over the past 10 years, and promises to be a renewed pleasure for those familiar with Synetic’s work as well as a perfect introduction for newcomers.



This World Made Itself

Theatre Project - 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Thursday, March 13 @ 8pm

Friday, March 14 @ 8pm

Saturday, March 15 @ 8pm

Sunday, March 16 @ 3pm

There will be sign-interpreted talk-backs with the artists following each performance.

by Miwa Matreyek

Part of QuestFest 2014, This World Made Itself is a multi-media live performance piece combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow on a screen, as she becomes part of and interacts with the fantastical world of the video. The piece will merge film and theater to create something that is its own multi-media spectacle. This World Made Itself will be a visually-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe's epic beginnings to our current, complex world of humans.


In addition, there will also be performance of a new work by local mixed-media artist Lynn Tomlinson. Medusa: The Immortal Jellyfish is a live visual theater performance that blends animation, ceramic sculpture, underwater plastic-bottle puppets, live video feeds, and multiple projections to create an immersive world from the perspective of a swarm of jellyfish.


For tickets and more information:



Imagination Stage

terpreted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Interpreter: Jessica Gabrian

It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.

For more information, call our box office at 301-280-1660 or visit


Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, MD

Captioned: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

By William Shakespeare

Revelry, disguises, swashbuckling, and (of course) pining lovers abound in what some call Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy. Twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a shipwreck and presuming each other dead, wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria. A tale of mistaken identity and mismatched ardor unfurls as lords and ladies, servants and masters wind a topsy-turvy path to happiness.

Call the box office at 410-332-0033, or visit our website at



Coming Soon to the Kennedy Center!

Please visit event pages for on-sale dates.


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

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Fred Beam

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.




Other Announcements

Advocates in Disability Award Application Period Open; Deadline 04/11/14

Now Accepting Applications for the Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) Program!

The HSC Foundation’s ADA Program is seeking the next generation of disability advocates!

Young leaders with a disability are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding


The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities.


Funded by both The HSC Foundation and the Sarah Beth Coyote Foundation, the selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for a project to benefit the disability community. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application submission and recipient selection.


The Advocates in Disability Award Program is part of The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Initiative.


To apply, please see the attached guidelines and application online at:


Applications must be received by April 11, 2014 (by 5:00pm ET).



2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Call for Scripts

Call for Scripts!

Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own life, the lives of others, or through fictional characters—by writing a script. Writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by up to five students.


The competition has three divisions. One winning script is selected in each of the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 and 8-9 respectively). Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools, along with an award recognizing the student for excellence in script writing.


In the Senior Division (grades 10-12), a select number of applicants will be brought to Washington, D.C. for the VSA Playwright Discovery Weekend Intensive which will include pre-professional activities such as playwriting workshops, roundtable discussions, and staged readings. A select number of Senior Division winners' scripts will be chosen for a Millennium Stage performance as part of the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage festival.


Application Deadline: April 28, 2014



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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Fourth Wall Gone


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!



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