Strawdog Theatre plans accessible performance of Miss Marx
The play moves to Victory Gardens for one night to offer full access to all
Thu Mar 6 2014
Photograph: Chris Ocken
Strawdog Theatre Company plans to move its current production of Philip Dawkins's Miss Marx: or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living offsite to Victory Gardens for one night, Thursday, March 13, so it can offer a fully accessible experience for audience members.
Unlike Strawdog's longtime Lakeview home, at the top of a steep set of stairs above an Italian restaurant and a liquor store, Victory Gardens' Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room is accessible to wheelchair users by ramp and elevator. "We wanted to make sure we could do something to counteract those nasty stairs," Dawkins says.
Victory Gardens, where Dawkins is an ensemble playwright, is a longtime leader in accessibility efforts, with its 17-year-old Access Project and the Crip Slam series of performances addressing disability culture. "VG was totally on board, so we're making it pay-what-you-can, having open captioning and audio assistance and touch tour and everything," Dawkins says. "To my knowledge, it's the first time anything like this has been attempted by a storefront in Chicago trapped in a non-accessible space…. We want everyone who wants to see it to be able to."
Reservations are requested; contact Strawdog's box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-528-9696. Strawdog will also offer an ASL-interpreted performance back at its home venue on Sunday, March 16.