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Relaxed Performances Announced for True West, Kiss Me, Kate, and More

Individuals with special needs will be accommodated at select performances of Roundabout’s Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano in a scene from Roundabout's Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West.
Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano in a scene from Roundabout's Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West.
(© Joan Marcus)

Roundabout Theatre Company this morning announced the line-up of relaxed performances scheduled for its 2019 Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Relaxed performances at Roundabout are open to all, and launched in April 2018 with the first series of its kind geared to patrons of all ages during the world premiere of Amy and the Orphans at the Laura Pels Theatre.

The Broadway revival of True West, starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, will offer a relaxed performance on March 2 at the American Airlines Theatre, followed by relaxed performances of Merrily We Roll Along on March 30 at the Laura Pels Theatre; Kiss Me, Kate (date TBD) at Studio 54; and the world premiere of Toni Stone on July 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre. All relaxed performances will be matinees.

Relaxed performances are an inclusive theatrical experience designed to welcome individuals with special needs and those attending with them. These performances are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement and learning needs; they are intended to present the full artistic vision of the production with minor modifications and supports, including: capped sound levels with house lights set at a low level; materials provided in advance to help attendees prepare for the experience, including detailed directions to the theater as well as plot and character descriptions; and a break area for anyone who would like to step out during the performance. For more information, visit

In addition to relaxed performances, Roundabout also offers assistive listening devices, on-demand captioning and audio description, ASL-interpreted performances, and accessible seating and restrooms at all venues.