The Playhouse was the first theatre in Ohio to offer regularly scheduled audio description for the visually impaired. Trained volunteers describe the visual elements of the production via a closed-circuit receiver that is approximately the size of a deck of cards and fits in a jacket pocket or on the lap. A small earpiece fits into one ear, allowing patrons to hear dialogue, music and other sound effects. The description is timed to avoid interfering with dialogue. Before the show and during intermission, show and actor information are shared.
This service is free and generally is offered on the third Saturday of each production in the Marx Theatre. A receiver, and instruction in its use, can be found at the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation patron services booth in the Rosenthal Plaza.
2017-18 Audio-Described Performances
Shakespeare in Love – Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m.
A Christmas Carol – Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.
Million Dollar Quartet – Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.
Leading Ladies presents Marie and Rosetta – Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m.
Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island – Saturday, May 12, at 4 p.m.
Subscriptions for the audio-described series are also available.
TOLL FREE (OH, KY & IN only)
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Box Office closing hours may vary based on performance schedule.
Bruce Cromer and Nick Rose in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.