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July 2014 Sign-Interpreted Theater Alert – Kennedy Center

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terpreted and Captioned Kennedy Center Events

Shear Madness

Theater Lab

Captioned: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 11,500 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

NSO Pops: The Midtown Men / Steven Reineke, conductor

Concert Hall

Captioned: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

For the grand finale of the NSO Pops season, The Midtown Men--four stars of Broadway's original hugely popular Jersey Boys--showcase their trademark sounds, choreography, and chemistry that took the musical theater world by storm.

Side Show

Eisenhower Theater

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

Interpreters: Jackie Bruce and Jeffery Bowden

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.

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

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernest Hairston

Interpreters: Barbara Hunt, Mark Alan Morrison, and Billy Sanders

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.

AXIS Dance Company

Millennium Stage

terpreted and Captioned: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AXIS Dance Company offers a dance program that creates and supports “physically integrated dance,” a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities, in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference.

The performance is free and open to the public; seating is first come first served.

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D.C. Metropolitan Area

Healing Wars

Arena Stage - in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Captioned: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

by Liz Lerman

directed by Liz Lerman

starring Bill Pullman

A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, Liz Lerman’s newest theatrical dance piece explores the experiences of the healers tasked with treating the physical and psychic wounds of battle. Joined by Bill Pullman (Independence Day1600 Penn), an ensemble of dancers represent medics and soldiers from the Civil War to today. Called “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art,” (Washington Post) Lerman’s work has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. After thirty-four years as founding artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lerman presents her singular aesthetic to audiences in this exciting world premiere about how we experience and recover from war.

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

Private Lives

Shakespeare Theatre Company -- The Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St. NW, Washington, DC)

Interpreted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Bette Hicks (DASL), TBD (Sign Performer), and Krista Leitch Walker (Sign Performer)

Noël Coward’s fast-talking, manners-breaking comedy makes its STC debut to finish a stellar season. Maria Aitken (STC’s 2009 hit, As You Like It) directs this witty and irreverent play about the people we cannot live with or without.

-Information on how to purchase tickets or get more information, including website links where you can purchase tickets:


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Pinkalicious The Musical

Adventure Theatre MTC

terpreted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

ASL Interpreter: Denise Kite

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Purchase tickets online at , over the phone at 301-634-2270, or in person at the box office.

Art Signs: Art Museum Gallery Talks in ASL

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th & G St. NW, Washington, DC)

Gallery Talks in American Sign Language

Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 PM

Art Signs gallery guides lead interactive discussions in ASL about works of art in our galleries.  Discover over 300 years of American Art and share your thoughts with others!

For more information visit

Mouse on Move

Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Sign Interpreted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

Interpreter: Jessica Gabrian

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 301-280-1660


Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Sign Interpreted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00pm

Interpreters: Jeff Williamson and Emily Balzano

Little orphan Sophie can’t sleep. When she peeks out the window, she is surprised to see a giant. He’s surprised to see her too and whisks Sophie away to his home in Giant Country. But this is no ordinary giant; Sophie’s giant is the world’s ONLY friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world. Other giants steal and have a nasty habit of eating children! To save the children of England, Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) embark on a magical journey to Buckingham Palace. Best for Ages 5-10. 

For more information or to purchase tickets please call 301-280-1660

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2014-15 Season of Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Performances at 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).


Opera House

Sign-Interpreted: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Captioned: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Charm Smith

Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musical tells the remarkable story of Eva Peron's rise from Argentina's slums to First Lady through some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "High Flying, Adored."

The Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer

Eisenhower Theater

Captioned: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Sign-Interpreted: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Jane Norman

With direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this brand-new Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture at the National Gallery of Art.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Opera House

Captioned: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): David Martin

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel's favorite son features Broadway stars and "American Idol" sensations, husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.


Eisenhower Theater

Captioned: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Daniel Maier

Eric Schaeffer directs this world premiere revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical! This comedic tale of a young woman groomed to be a playboy's companion, until the two unexpectedly fall in love, won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Book of Mormon

Opera House

Captioned: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Bette Hicks

The smash musical and nine-time Tony Award winner returns! The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q has been hailed as "the best musical of this century" by the New York Times.


Eisenhower Theater

Captioned: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernest Hairston

Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

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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.

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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!


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