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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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Special performancesAD = Audio Described | OC = Open Captioned

Dear Evan Hansen

JULY 26, 2:00 pm (AD)
AUG 8, 2:00 pm (AD)
AUG 13, 8:00 pm (OC)
AUG 19, 7:30 pm (OC)

Destiny of Desire

SEPT 26, 2:00 pm (AD)
OCT 14, 7:30 pm (OC)
OCT 15, 8:00 pm (OC)

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End

NOV 5, 8:00 pm (OC)
NOV 7, 2:00 pm (AD)


NOV 4, 7:30 pm (AD)
NOV 18, 7:30 pm (OC)
NOV 21, 2:00 pm (AD)
DEC 17, 8:00 pm (OC)

Akeelah and The Bee

DEC 3, 8:00 pm (OC)
DEC 5, 2:00 pm (AD)
DEC 13, 2:00 pm (AD)
DEC 23, 7:30 pm (OC)


JAN 23, 2:00 pm (AD)
JAN 27, 7:30 pm (OC)
FEB 4, 8:00 pm (OC)

The City of Conversation

FEB 13, 2:00 pm (AD)
FEB 24, 7:30 pm (OC)
FEB 25, 8:00 pm (OC)

The Lion

MAR 5, 2:00 pm (AD)
MAR 17, 8:00 pm (OC)
MAR 23, 7:30 pm (OC)

All The Way

APR 13, 7:30 pm (OC)
APR 23, 2:00 pm (AD)
MAY 5, 8:00 pm (OC)


MAY 14, 2:00 pm (AD)
MAY 18, 7:30 pm (OC)
MAY 22, 6:00 pm (AD)
MAY 26, 8:00 pm (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