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Since its early days, Arena Stage has played a pioneering role in providing access for people with disabilities to its productions. With the grand opening of the Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage is dedicated more than ever to providing access for all patrons.

With updated assistive-listening technology, accessible seating in all three venues, and performances that are captioned and described we strive to meet the needs of everyone with disabilities.

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Audio described (AD) and
Open Captioned (OC) performances

The Originalist

The Originalist

JUL 20 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
JUL 22 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)

Native Gardens

Native Gardens

OCT 7 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
OCT 18 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
OCT 19 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
OCT 21 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)

The Price

The Price

OCT 21 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
OCT 26 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
OCT 28 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

NOV 9 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
NOV 15 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
NOV 19 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
DEC 2 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
DEC 23 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)

Nina Simone: Four Women

Nina Simone: Four Women

DEC 3 at 1:00 p.m. (AD)
DEC 9 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
DEC 9 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
DEC 13 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
DEC 14 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)



JAN 27 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
FEB 1 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
FEB 14 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
FEB 17 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)

The Great Society

The Great Society

FEB 17 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
FEB 28 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
MAR 1 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
MAR 10 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)

Hold These Truths

Hold These Truths

MAR 21 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
MAR 24 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
MAR 29 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
APR 7 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)

Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running

APR 19 at 8:00 p.m. (OC)
APR 21 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
APR 25 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)

Snow Child

Snow Child

MAY 5 at 2:00 p.m. (AD)
MAY 9 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)
MAY 12 at 2:00 p.m. (OC)
MAY 15 at 7:30 p.m. (OC)

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices amplify and clarify the sound onstage. The devices may be used in any seat at any performance in the Fichandler, Kreeger and Kogod Cradle. Headsets with induction neck loops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch.

There is no charge for headsets. They are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Services Desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.

Handicapped Parking

Onsite accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must call the Box Office in advance (202-488-3300) to reserve a space. The cost is $20 per performance. Vehicles must bear a valid Department of Motor Vehicles disability parking placard or license plate.

Arena Stage offers valet service at no additional cost to our patrons with accessibility needs who have booked their parking in advance. To take advantage of this service, simply pull up at the main entrance to Arena Stage on Sixth Street and a valet will assist you. Valet parking is available one hour before show time for all performances.

For other parking information, visit the Transportation & Parking section of our website. View More

Mobility Concerns

Accessible seating/locations are available in the Fichandler, Kreeger and Kogod Cradle. Patrons may either remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats. Patrons who would like to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance should request wheelchair-accessible locations when buying their tickets. To see the wheelchair seating locations please visit our Plan Your Visit page. view more

The Mead Center has accessible entrances to the building and all three theaters. The building's open layout allows most locations to be easily accessed without encountering a door.

Accessible restrooms are available on all levels of the Mead Center.

An elevator operates between the Main Entrance level (off Sixth Street) to the Main Lobby. A second elevator services the Kreeger Theater Orchestra, Main Lobby and Terrace levels. A ramp may be used to enter the center from the parking garage.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available for loan to navigate the Mead Center. We suggest that those planning on using one of our wheelchairs bring someone to assist them around the Mead Center, since our volunteers and staff are not able to leave their posts to assist. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.


Open-Captioned performances provide patrons with live text presentation of onstage dialogue on a four-foot LED sign. An experienced captioner scrolls up to three lines of text at a time in sync with the actors' spoken word.

Open-captioned performances are prescheduled on selected Wednesday and Thursday evenings for each production in our subscription season.

Open-captioning is offered in a specific area of the theater. Please use promotional code ACCESS to purchase seats online or call the Sales Office and ask for seating in the Open Caption section.

Open-Captioned subscription packages are available! Call 202-488-3300 or 202-484-0247 (TTY).

Audio Description/Low-Vision

Audio description is a carefully timed narration of the onstage visual elements in the performance, including the action, costumes and scenery. Program notes are available 10 to 15 minutes before show time. The description is broadcast live simultaneously via an inconspicuous FM receiver. Patrons may choose a single earpiece or dual headset.

This service is prescheduled on selected Saturday matinee performances for each production in our subscription season.

Patrons may pick up their receiver and headset, free-of-charge, at the Visitors Services Desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance. We may request your ID to be held when checking out accessible materials and devices.

Audio-Described subscription packages are available! Call 202-488-3300 or 202-484-0247 (TTY).

Braille, Audio and Large-Print Programs

Program books are available in large-print and braille formats at all performances and may be picked up, free-of-charge, from the Visitors Services desk, located to the left in the building's Main Entrance.

Audio-recorded programs are available on request of at least two weeks' notice.

TTY Available

A TTY information and sales line is available at 202-484-0247.

Script Loan

The Script Loan Program is available for patrons who find that reading the play before attending improves their experience. Arena Stage can mail you a copy of the script before your performance.

E-mail or request a script when you buy your tickets. Scripts are only available for loan on advance request and must be returned on the day of your scheduled performance.

Scripts may be returned to the Visitor Services Desk or mailed to:
Arena Stage: Accessibility
1101 Sixth St., SW
Washington, DC 20024