For the past two seasons, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) has been focused on expanding their Access offerings to include touch tours and open captioning for the first time, as well as increasing their ASL and audio-described performances. For the first time next season, CST will be funding open captioning themselves. For the past two seasons, CST was able to launch their open captioning programming through TDF’s National Open Captioning Initiative.

CST will also be offering, for the first time, open captioning at one of their subscribed weekday matinees in order to raise awareness of the program, build their audience for open captioning, and be able to offer more captioned performance in future seasons. All of the CST Access programs are intended to build new audience and retain current audiences who may be developing age-related disabilities. By funding open captioning next season and beyond, CST hopes to provide a service that will make it possible to continue to share their work with patrons who are hard of hearing.


Five open-captioned performances have already been scheduled for this season.

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 7:30 The Tempest
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 7:30 The Heir Apparent
Friday, March 18, 2016 7:30 Othello
Saturday, April 9, 2016 11:00 Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night
Friday, June 3, 2016 5:00 Tug of War

Their new weekday open-captioned matinee will be:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:00 Othello


For accommodations information, please contact Jason Harrington at 312-595-5600 or

Accommodations available at Chicago Shakespeare Theater include:

• Accessible parking
• Wheelchair accessible entrance/exit
• Accessible bathrooms
• Elevator access
• Assistive Listening Devices
• Large print programs
• Touch tours
• Braille cards
• ASL Interpretation
• CART & Open Captioning

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