The Second City is proud to announce a partnership with the Theater Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. This partnership will allow Second City to produce at least seven open captioned performances during the 2018-19 season, the next of which will be a performance of “Gaslight District” on Thursday, September 13th at 8:00 p.m. During open captioned performances, text is displayed on the side of the stage, showing word-for-word what performers are saying in real time, as well as describing the corresponding music and sound effects.
“Second City is adapting traditional technology in a new way to caption live improv and comedy, which is rare and thrilling. For the first time, guests who are deaf or hard of hearing are able to laugh along with the show at the very same time as everyone else in the audience,” says Second City producer Jesse Swanson, who is also part of Second City’s Accessibility Committee.
“Laughter is for everyone, and Second City is thrilled to be able to be able to work with TDF to make sure our shows are for everyone, too,” said Kerry Sheehan, Second City’s Chief People Officer.
Upcoming open captioned performances scheduled in 2018-19 are:
Gaslight District: Thursday, 9/13/18, 8:00 pm
She the People: Sunday, 10/14/18, 7:00 pm
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater: Tuesday, 12/11/18, 8:00 pm
The Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue: Wednesday, 1/30/19, 8:00 pm
The Best of The Second City: Monday, 3/18/19, 8:00 pm
Improv Comedy Hour: Monday, 4/15/19, 8:00 pm
The Second City’s 43rd e.t.c Revue: Sunday, 5/19/19, 7:00 pm
For a complete listing of The Second City’s accessibility services in Chicago and the current open captioned performance schedule, please visit: www.secondcity.com/chicago/accessibility-services.
To purchase tickets to these or any Second City performances, or for more information about available accessibility services, please contact The Second City.
By phone: (312) 337-3992
In person: 230 W. North Ave., 1st Floor Box Office
Requests may also be sent via email to email@example.com.
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About The Second City
Since opening its doors as a small cabaret theater in 1959, The Second City has grown into an entertainment empire. With sold-out shows playing 7 days a week on 10 resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, Second City’s Touring and Theatrical companies entertain an additional 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation-based arts on the planet, with locations in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that serve 11,000 students annually. In 2016, the Harold Ramis Film launched, becoming the world’s only film school dedicated to comedy. Second City Works, the B2B side of Second City, has brought award-winning improvisation and audience-driven techniques to over 600 Fortune 1000 companies, challenging businesses seeking a more collaborative culture to innovate through development programs, original digital and video content, campaign consultation, private events, and more. Second City Entertainment’s foray into television and media continues to produce new content and programming, including two-time Emmy winner SCTV and the upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed Netflix documentary exploring the iconic series’ enduring legacy.
Alumni of The Second City include some of the world’s foremost comedy superstars, including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Aidy Bryant, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Richard Kind, Eugene Levy, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Sam Richardson, Joan Rivers, Amy Sedaris, Martin Short, Cecily Strong, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Willard, and many more.
TDF, currently celebrating its 50th year, is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Best known for its theatregoing programs (including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths and TDF Membership Programs), TDF’s accessibility (including open captioned, audio described and autism-friendly performances), school (serving over 10,000 New York City students annually), community engagement and information programs — as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs — have introduced millions of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational. To learn more about TDF, go to: www.tdf.org.
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