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Synesthesia: Accessible Shows Galore This Winter-November 2013 Through February 2014 by Yvonne French

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NOVEMBER 2013

ASL Interpreted: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm; Saturday December 7 at 8:00 pm; Sunday December 8 at 2:00 pm; and Saturday December 21 at 2:00 pm

Open Captioning available all performances Nov 29 – Dec 22. Friday & Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 pm

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A Commedia Christmas Carol
Faction of Fools Theatre Company
Performing in the Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University
Washington, DC
Interpreters: Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder and Krystin Balzarini

Masks, acrobatics, humbug, and holiday cheer abound in this modern retelling of the Dickens holiday classic, written and directed by two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Matthew R. Wilson. When Pantalone Scrooge is visited by his old friend Dottore Marley, an unforgettable adventure of ghosts, yuletides, and omens sets the greedy old man on the rocky road to redemption. Dickens’s London comes alive in a new way with a Commedia twist and a fresh new script. A Commedia Christmas Carol is a treat for the whole family and a hilarious, heartfelt celebration of the holiday season.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431347

For more information on the event, visit http://www.factionoffools.org/ccc

If you have questions about access or ticketing, please contact us at tix@factionoffools.org
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ASL Interpreted: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm; Saturday December 7 at 8:00 pm; Sunday December 8 at 2:00 pm; and Saturday December 21 at 2:00 pm

Open Captioning available all performances Nov 29 – Dec 22. Friday & Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
ASL Interpreted: December 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Interpreters: Lindsey Snyder and Lana Mendoza

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A Christmas Carol
Ford’s Theatre
Washington, DC

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge.

Seats for a captioned or sign-interpreted performance can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or via phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at the Box Office.

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Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2 pm.

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If/Then
By Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
The National Theatre
Washington, DC

Idina Menzel stars in the Broadway-bound original musical, If/Then, which reunites Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), and Michael Greif (director), the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal.  On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth (Menzel) moves back to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start – new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible.

Tickets are available online at http://thenationaldc.org, by phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre box office. For more information, call (202) 628-6161.

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DECEMBER 2013

December 3, 2013 at 6 p.m. at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Washington, DC

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Zohaib Hassan Award-Winning Sarangi Player to Perform

In honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, VSA, an international organization on arts and disability, will present an evening of classical Indian and Pakistani music featuring Zohaib Hassan and Abhik Mukherjee.

Zohaib Hassan is the winner of the 2013 VSA International Young Soloist Award. He will play on sarangi, a stringed musical instrument of India that is played with a bow and that has a tone similar to that of the viola. Hassan will be joined by Abhik Mukherjee, a world-renowned sitarist, vocalist, and composer, on sitar accompanied by tabla and tanpura.

The performance is free and open to the public; seating is first come first served. To request interpretation or captioning, contact the Accessibility Office at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org. Please note that requests are subject to the availability of a captioner and/or interpreter.

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ASL Interpreted: December 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Interpreters: Lindsey Snyder and Lana Mendoza

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Lyle the Crocodile
Imagination Stage
Bethesda, MD

When the Primm family moves into their New York City apartment, they are quite surprised to find a crocodile in their bathtub! But Lyle is a rather extraordinary crocodile and quickly becomes part of the family. Based on the celebrated books by Bernard Waber, this snappy musical comedy features your favorite tap dancing, cooking, and life-saving neighborhood croc! Best for ages 4-12.

To purchase tickets for this performance, call the Imagination Stage box office at (301) 280-1660, or purchase them online.

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Captioned: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM and Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Arena Stage – in the Fichandler Stage 
Washington, DC
by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon

Broadway and Arena Stage favorite Kenny Leon (every tongue confess) returns to direct a new adaptation of the beloved film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter, fresh from an overseas romance, brings her African-American fiancé home to meet them. Personal beliefs clash with the mores of the late 60’s in this warm and witty exploration of family and culture and knowing which of them has the greater hold on our hearts.

Go to http://www.arenastage.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility/, or call the sales office at V. 202-488-3300, TTY. 202-484-0247 or e-mail access@arenastage.org for more information.

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Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Performances
Captioned: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

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NSO Pops: Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell/Steven Reineke, conductor at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Washington, DC

With his “singularly thunderous baritone” (New York Times), Tony winner and Kennedy Center favorite Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime/Sweeney Todd) returns for the holidays. Look out for Santa Claus and even snow in the Concert Hall!

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Captioned: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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A Civil War Christmas
Center Stage Theatre
Baltimore, MD
By Paula Vogel

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness. It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 and all along the Potomac, from the White House to the battlefields, friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. Weaving together carols, hymns, and folk songs, this “beautifully stitched tapestry of American lives” (The New York Times) is sure to become a new holiday classic for the entire family.

Call the box office at (410) 332-0033, or visit the website at https://tix.centerstage.org

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The Apple Family Plays 
The Studio Theatre
 Washington, DC

That Hopey Changey Thing Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8 pm

Sweet and Sad Sign-Interpreted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3 pm

Interpreters: First Chair

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Sweet and Sad Captioned: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8 pm

That Hopey Changey Thing Captioned: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8 pm

“Mr. Nelson’s series is quietly turning into one of the great accomplishments in American theater to date in this century.” —The New York Times

Studio presents the first two plays in Richard Nelson’s quartet of plays about the Apple siblings and their extended family. Set at successive meals over the course of four years, the tensions and compromises, affections and resentments of the Apple Family’s personal lives play out against a rapidly changing America. Presented in rotating repertory.

Tickets/Information:
Box Office: (202) 332-3300
V/TTY: (202) 667-8436

http://www.studiotheatre.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4531

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Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Interpreted by First Chair

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Round House Theatre
Bethesda, MD

Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room. Nicky Silver, the “strange progeny of a coupling between Neil Simon and Edward Albee” (New York Times), brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash that earned Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations.

For more information or to order tickets, please call the box office at (240) 644-1100, or visit http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/performances/the-lyons/.

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Sign-Interpreted: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Interpreters: Krista Leitch Walker and JohnMark Ennis
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): David Martin

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall
Washington, DC

Directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul, this hysterical Tony Award®-winning musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and an uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. This bawdy and wild production is a gift from the gods for anyone’s holiday season.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=381&source=l

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Captioned: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Washington, DC

Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, The Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert on December 23 in the Concert Hall features Conductor Barry Hemphill as he leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, professional soloists, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Free – Tickets Required.

Tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the performance (Mon., Dec. 23) in the Hall of Nations. Two (2) tickets per person in line will be distributed. Kennedy Center policies have been vetted to be non-discriminatory and to provide equal access for everyone. Please request seats in the captioned section when you reach the front of the line.

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Captioned: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

a tappin logoMaurice Hines is Tappin’ Through Life
Arena Stage in The Kreeger Theater
Washington, DC
Directed by Jeff Calhoun

Broadway legend Maurice Hines teams up again with the unforgettable Manzari Brothers for the first time since the smash hit production of Sophisticated Ladies to tap us through his incredible 40 years in show business. With song and dance, Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the singers who have inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne. To help bring the history of American tap to life, Hines brings The Diva Orchestra, an all-female nine-piece big band. Get ready to laugh, smile and tap your feet to the infectious song and dance of Maurice Hines.

Purchase your tickets online, or call the sales office at V. 202-488-3300, TTY. 202-484-0247 or e-mail access@arenastage.org for more information.

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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

Interpreters: Valerie Sultan and Zach Wineman
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Bette Hicks

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Flashdance–The Musical
Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC

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!

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Captioned: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM & Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Interpreters: Beth Flanigan and Mark Rust
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): David Martin

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Elf The Musical
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC

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.

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 access@kennedy-center.org.

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Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
National Theatre
Washington, DC

Based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is a stunning and stirring new staging accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra and includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The classic story is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

For more information visit http://thenationaldc.org/events/the-gershwins-porgy-and-bess/, or call (202) 628-6161.

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JANUARY 2014

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

Interpreters: Valerie Sultan and Zach Wineman
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Bette Hicks

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Flashdance–The Musical
Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC

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!

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FEBRUARY 2014

Sign-Interpreted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
BRAVO@kat theatre for Young Artists
Randolph Road Theatre
Silver Spring, MD 

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated Disney feature, Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it is too late.

Tickets (and website): $18 at http://kat.ticketleap.com/beauty-beast-jr-bravo/#view=calendar  (Click on: select tickets from the Hearing Impaired section to ensure seating near the interpreters).

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Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, February 13 at 5:30 PM and Sunday and February 23 at 1:00 PM

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC

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. Voiced interpretation is provided. Meet in the F Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW–two blocks from Metro Center or immediately above the Gallery Place Metro, Galleries Exit.

Free, no tickets required

For more information, contact NicholsS@si.edu.

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Special thanks to The Kennedy Center for providing this information.




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