In an effort to make Shakespeare’s plays accessible and enjoyable for everyone, Seattle Shakespeare Company will offer sensory-friendly performances of the company’s touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew.
The sensory-friendly performance of Romeo and Juliet will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday, October 30 at the Center Theatre.
The sensory-friendly performance of The Taming of the Shrew will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 19 at the Center Theatre. This production will feature both English and Spanish language in the performance.
To accommodate the unique needs of these special performances, moderate lighting will stay on over the audience during the show. Sound and lighting effects in the shows will be toned down to sensory-friendly levels. Parents can take children out to quiet rooms and activity areas any time it becomes necessary – and re-enter when they wish. Support staff will be on hand in the lobby and inside the theater itself. The show is 90 minutes long, including an intermission.
The Center Theatre is on the first floor of the Seattle Center Armory. The theatre’s entrance is on the east side of the building, facing the EMP. The Center Theatre is ADA compliant, with ground-level access and wheelchair seating. ADA seating must be reserved in advance. Street parking in Seattle is free on Sundays; there are also several paid parking lots and garages nearby.
Special pricing for this performance is $20 for adults and $10 for students in order to make this experience affordable and fun for families in the autism community.
Seattle Shakespeare Company’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew are part of the company’s state-wide touring program. These productions maintain the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and introduce these dynamic stories in fresh, accessible productions for students across Washington State. Small-cast ensembles play multiple parts with quick changes and distinctive character choices that make for a showcase of great acting.