Accessibility

General Accessibility Information for Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to providing equal access to Free Shakespeare on the Common through its access and inclusion program.  Our staff is equipped to assist patrons of all abilities.  A limited number of tall chairs, accessible seating areas, and assisted-listening devices, are available at each performance by visiting the Information Tent.

Anyone needing special accommodations is encouraged to contact CSC in advance at 617-362-7485 or email us at audienceservices@commshakes.org.

Our 2021 production of The Tempest will feature on-site accessible services to patrons with mobility challenges, those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and blind.

Our Services
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances
  • Audio Described Performances
  • Sound Enhancement Devices

Accessible Seating for wheelchairs or for those with mobility challenges and their companions are reserved in several free seating locations around the Common.

Accessible seating is also available in CSC’s Friend Section for a minimum donation of $150.

Assisted Listening Devices are available at each performance. Visit the Information Tent to obtain equipment.

Accessibility Performances

Open Captioning: July 31 
Register HERE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10776869 
Audio description and ASL interpreted performance #1: August 1
Register HERE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10776954
ASL interpreted performance #2: August 6
Register HERE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10776873
Rain Date for all Access services: August 8

Information about pre-show description:
Please arrive at the theater half an hour before the official curtain time to hear the pre-show audio description.  Pre-show descriptions are packed with details which describers don’t have time to explain once the curtain goes up.  These details include descriptions of sets, props, characters, the actors playing them, and their costumes.  They can also establish a shorthand vocabulary for what describers will call certain characters or areas of the set and will explain the stylistic conventions of the show.  In short, pre-show descriptions can greatly enhance the audio description user’s experience of live theater.

(Audio Describer) Cori Couture (she/her/hers) has provided description for TV programs, films, and upwards of 75 Boston-area live shows – including Cymbeline for CSC. During the pandemic, she worked with several theatres to integrate audio description into their innovative online productions, beginning with CSC’s online reading of The Tempest last summer. In the early days of WGBH’s Descriptive Video Service (DVS), she wrote description for PBS programs and for movies on home video. More recently, she has worked with DVS to narrate description for a slate of Paramount films, as well as for NASA, the 9/11 Museum, and Disney Parks. Cori, who has spina bifida, proudly identifies as a person with a disability. For her master’s degree, she created a one-woman show about how the arts shaped and buoyed her through life’s challenges. She wants everyone to know that people with disabilities lead all kinds of lives and can have any job!

c2 (Captioning) pioneered and specializes in live theatrical captioning for patrons with all degrees of hearing loss; theatre partners include Broadway, off-Broadway, the Kennedy Center, national performing arts venues, and top-shelf regional Tony theatres, large and small, coast to coast. We provide both live performance captioning for the stage and digital captioning for the virtual world.

 

Parking

Accessible parking is available at the Boston Common Garage.

MBTA

The Park Street MBTA Station (Red Line/Green Line) has an elevator up to street level.

Restrooms

There is an accessible restroom to the back-left of the stage.

Videos

Click below to view a video about transportation options

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