Accessibility at the Ashby Stage

If you or a member of your party has vision, hearing, or mobility needs, we recommend that you read about accessibility at the Ashby Stage.

If you have questions, get in touch with us at or at 510.841.6500 ext. 303

Live-Streamed Performances & Closed-Captioned Video on Demand

Join us from home for one of our live-streamed performances on September 14 and September 21! Or catch a video on demand with closed captioning available October 1 - October 8.

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Masked Matinees - September 10 & September 24

We understand that there are some theatergoers who are only comfortable gathering in large groups with masks. To make our performances accessible to as many people as possible, we will have three additional Sunday "Masked Matinee" performances on September 10 and September 24. Food and drink will still be available at our concessions and can be enjoyed outside, but there is no eating or drinking inside the theater during these performances as all audience members will be required to wear masks.


Haptic Tour & Live Audio-Described Performance - September 17

We are proud to partner with Gravity Access to provide a pre-show "Haptic Tour" and live audio description for our blind and low-vision audience members on Sunday, September 17. For sighted patrons, the performance is otherwise the same as on any other evening.

Audio Description

During the performance, patrons may use devices provided for free by Gravity Access to listen to a live audio description of the show. The narration guides the listener through the performance with concise, objective descriptions of new scenes, lighting, costumes, facial expressions / body language, and "sight gags," all slipped in between portions of the actors' dialogue or songs. 

Pre-Show Haptic Tour

The pre-show "Haptic Tour" allows patrons to experience the space, performers, costumes, and props through touch, their own movement, hearing, and kinesthetic senses. Usually lasting 20 to 30 minutes, these tours lay a multi-sensory foundation to support the audio description. Doors for the pre-show Haptic Tour will open at 3:45 PM for check-in. We recommend arriving early as the tour will begin promptly at 4 PM. The audio-described performance will start at 5 PM.

RSVP for the Audio Description Service and/or the Pre-show Haptic Tour

To RSVP for the audio description service, the pre-show Haptic Tour, or both, ​​​​​​email, or call 510.841.6500 ext. 303