Accessibility Services

Here at FringeArts, we take the needs of our audiences and artists seriously, and strive to make interacting with our organization as accessible as possible to all kinds of people. Click here for our Sensory Friendly Guide to FringeArts Theater, which details what you can expect when coming to our building to see one of our performances. Complimentary companion seats are available to patrons who require a paid Personal Care Attendant (PCA). Please contact Patron Services directly to reserve a PCA ticket.

Scroll down to see Upcoming Performances with accessibility services.

Here are other accessibility services and accommodations we offer:

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Wheelchair/Limited Mobility Seating
FringeArts Theater is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp entrance as well as an elevator. We have 20 wheelchair and companion seats available in the theater’s standard layout. Please talk to the FringeArts Front of House manager upon arrival for assistance.  Limited wheelchair accessible parking is available.  Please call 215-413-1318 or email patronservices@fringearts.com to ensure your accessible parking spot.

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Audio Description: 
– For patrons who are blind or low-vision
– It is a narration service that attempts to describe what the sighted person takes for granted — those images that a person who is blind or visually impaired formerly could only experience through the whispered asides from a sighted companion.
– Available in tandem with sensory tours for select performances
– Available upon request with one month notice

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Hearing Assistance Headsets:
– For patrons who are hearing impaired
– Available upon request at the FringeArts box office (desk to the right of the bar at La Peg)
– Available for all shows that utilize audio amplification
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Relaxed Performance
Relaxed Performances are adapted productions that aim to reduce anxiety and accommodate audience members with sensory needs. Relaxed performances aim to create a supportive atmosphere, including adjusting light and sound levels, providing a ‘cool down’ area outside the theater space, and demonstrating an embracing attitude towards audience noise, movement in the auditorium, and audience members needing to enter and exit the theater space.
Performance adjustments include:
–House lights remaining on at a low level in the theatre during the performance
–Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
–A reduction of startling and/or strobe lighting
–Freedom to talk, vocalize, and leave seats during the performance as needed
–Space available throughout the theatre for standing and movement
–Early entry to the theater instead of waiting in the lobby
–Noise canceling headphones and disposable earplugs available upon request at the Box Office
–Fidget object and sensory friendly toys are also available upon request at the Box Office.
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Open Captioning:
– For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing
– Text display of all of the words and sounds heard during the performance.
– Available upon request with one month notice
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ASL Interpretation:
– For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing
– An interpreter will translate spoken English into American Sign Language
– Available for select performances
– Available upon request with one month notice
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Relaxed Performance 

Relaxed Performances are adapted productions that aim to reduce anxiety and accommodate audience members with sensory needs. Relaxed performances aim to create a supportive atmosphere, including adjusting light and sound levels, providing a ‘cool down’ area outside the theater space, and demonstrating an embracing attitude towards audience noise, movement in the auditorium, and audience members needing to enter and exit the theater space.

 
All accessibility service requests require one month’s notice. Complimentary companion seats are available to patrons who require a paid Personal Care Attendant (PCA). Please contact Patron Services directly to reserve a PCA ticket. Contact Patron Services patronservices@fringearts.com or call 215-413-1318 for a complete list of accessibility options, accessibility service requests, questions and comments.

Upcoming Performances with Accessibility Services

Since They Left: A Pied Piper Musical
Sarah Hough, Nick Hatcher
Performances on Sep 5 + 6 at 7pm and Sep 7 + 8 at 2pm & 7pm
Open captioning available upon request, with 24 hours notice. Please email sincetheyleft@gmail.com.
A musically diverse adaptation of the Pied Piper exploring the oppression of women, people with disabilities, freelance artists, and children by their own society, featuring a cast of women and nonbinary performers.

Sneakers
Nichole Canuso Dance Company
Sunday, Sep 8 at 3pm
This performance will be ASL interpreted.
Created and performed by Nichole Canuso in collaboration with director Suli Holum, Sneakers is an elegy for what has gone, and a tender tumble through what remains.

Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription
Tina Satter / Half Straddle
Saturday, Sep 14 at 2pm
This performance will be ASL interpreted.
A real-life thriller staging the conversation between linguist Reality Winner and the FBI agents who confronted her for leaking evidence of Russian election interference.

Cartography
Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers
Sunday, Sep 15 at 3pm
This will be a relaxed performance.
Five young migrants discover what it means to leave home and begin a new life.

Pursuit of Happiness
Nature Theater Of Oklahoma / EN-KNAP Group
Friday, Sep 20 + Saturday, Sep 21 at 7pm
Both performances will have open captioning.
Part barn dance, part movie pitch, part comedy of manners. Following the American Dream and asking, What is Happiness?

RE: SHE, a litany of adventures
the after-image
Friday, Sep 20 at 8:30pm
This performance will be ASL interpreted.
Born into a lineage of hate, a band of modern-day explorers exhumes an unseen but cancerous tale.

See Amid the Winter Snow
ByPeterFenton.com
Saturday, Sep 21 at 1:30pm
This performance will be audio described.
It’s Christmastime in September! Join our lovable snowman for a drink as he narrates the Yuletide pandemonium that is the tale of Mitchell Claus and Daisy Scarlett.

Un Poyo Rojo
Un Poyo Rojo
Saturday, Sep 21 at 8pm
This performance will be audio described.
Sport. Sexuality. Humor. Charismatic Argentinian duo Un Poyo Pojo explores the range of possible relationships among men.

There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other
Blanka Zizka and Rosa Barba with the Wilma HotHouse
Sunday, Sep 22 at 2pm
This performance will have open captioning.
An adaptation of a book-length meditation on conflict and identity by Lebanese American poet Etel Adnan.