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INFORMATION FOR PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW VISION

The Public Theater strives to make its performances, digital content, website, and facilities accessible to all people.  For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact us at 212.967.7555 (voice) or [email protected].

ALTERNATE PLAYBILL FORMATS.

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LARGE PRINT PLAYBILLS

Large Print Playbills are available at all Public and Delacorte Theater season performances one week after the production has officially opened. Large print playbills may be obtained from the house manager or ticket taker upon entering the theater of the performance you are attending. 

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BRAILLE PLAYBILLS

Braille Playbills are available at all Public and Delacorte Theater season performances one week after the production has officially opened. Braille playbills may be obtained from the house manager or ticket taker upon entering the theater of the performance you are attending.

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ACCESSIBLE PDF PLAYBILLS

Accessible PDF Playbills, or remediated PDFs, will be available for all Public and Delacorte Theater season performances one week after the production has officially opened. Please visit the production website you plan to attend, and a link will be published in the Production Detail section under the Playbills header.

Other Public Theater print materials will be made available in alternate formats upon request with at least two weeks' notice. To request a document in an alternate format, please contact Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or by emailing [email protected].

IN-PERSON SERVICES.

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AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Audio description is scheduled for select Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park performances throughout the year. Using a single earpiece connected to an FM headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to trained audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Audio describers start pre-show notes approximately 15 minutes before the performance begins. Tickets for events that will be offered with audio descriptions may be purchased by calling us at 212.967.7555, emailing us at [email protected], visiting our box office, or online. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting our audio descriptions partner website TDF.org

Patrons who wish to listen to the description must pick up a headset. Headsets are distributed free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater entrance by speaking to a House Manager, Ticket Taker, or Usher before a scheduled audio-described event.  

The Public Theater also offers audio descriptions upon request. Requests to audio describe non-designated events must be received at least two weeks before the event by Audience Services by calling 212.967.7555 or emailing [email protected]. These requests are subject to the availability of a describer and are provided at the discretion of the management.

DIGITAL CONTENT.

UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE - AUDIO DESCRIBED

UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, a new documentary from The Public Theater created with Art Docs and premiering this fall on ALL ARTS, focuses on The Public Theater’s 2017 Public Works musical production of As You Like It, which was performed by 200 New Yorkers of all ages and boroughs, and was named one of the Top Ten shows of 2017 by The New York Times.

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AUDIO DESCRIBED DIGITAL CONTENT

The majority of videos in PUBLIC PLAY NOW include English audio descriptions. If you find digital content in PUBLIC PLAY NOW which does not offer the level of access you require, please email us at [email protected] for assistance