Press Release: MindsEye's Vision - Theatre Is for Everyone
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MindsEye’s Vision: Theatre Is for Everyone
Saint Louis, MO – April 3, 2017 - Everyone wants to see Hamilton. Everyone. But when Mark B. Lasser, a blind theatergoer contacted the “Hamilton” box office about audio description services, he was told none were available. And so, in January of this year, he brought a lawsuit against the producers of the musical, alleging “systemic civil rights violations” against blind and visually-impaired theatergoers.
Audio description allows people who are visually impaired to take full advantage of theater productions, art shows, and museum exhibits. It’s a similar idea to sign language interpreter services for the deaf.
Saint Louisans can finally catch this mega Tony award winning show at The Fabulous Fox Theater as their 2017-2018 U.S. Bank Broadway Series closes with “Hamilton.” Jack Feivou, president and CEO of Fox Associates, stated that ticket sales will be monitored to make sure there will be single tickets, and he is quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as saying, “The producers want accessibility.”
But will visually-impaired theatergoers be given that same access?
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