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Accessibility

We strive to offer accessibility services and programs for all patrons. We offer open captions, audio descriptions, and sign-interpreted performances for most productions. Both theaters are wheelchair and walker accessible. Large print playbills are available by request at the concierge desk.

For Patrons with Limited Mobility For Patrons who are Blind or Partially Sighted For Patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing For Patrons with Sensory Processing Concerns Access Dates for the 2021-2022 Season

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For Patrons with Limited Mobility

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We offer wheelchair accessible seating in all of our performances spaces.

If you or your guests require a special seating arrangement, please contact the box office so that we can find you an appropriate seat. We will make every attempt to seat one companion in an adjacent seat and any additional guests as close as possible. If your theater companion is not able to assist you in transferring from your wheelchair into a theater seat, for your safety and for the safety of our staff we ask that you remain in your wheelchair.

The seating charts indicates the locations in the U.S. Bank Main Stage and Ellyn Bye Studio that are reserved for our patrons using wheelchairs.

Fully accessible public restrooms are located near The Armory Bar in the main lobby. All levels of the building have elevator access and ADA accessible restrooms. 

For Patrons who are Blind or Partially Sighted

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Audio description is the art of talking pictorially, or becoming a "verbal camera lens" to enable audience members who are blind or have low vision to hear descriptions of actions, body language, lights, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices from the stage.

The second Sunday matinee performance of every production is audio described by a team of professionals from CADA (the Committee for Audio Description in the Arts). Receivers can be checked out from coat check, located next to the box office. If purchasing online, enter the word AUDIO in the promo code box to gain access to seats in the sign interpreted seating section. This code word will automatically discount each adult ticket by $5.

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Service animals, such as guide dogs, are permitted inside The Armory to assist our patrons. So that we can make sure to provide the best seating options for you and your service animal, please alert the box office if you plan on attending with a service animal.

The words

We offer large print programs for all productions, available at the concierge booth in the main lobby. Digital, zoomable versions of each playbill are also available approximately one week prior to each show opening. Check the individual show pages throughout the season to view the digital playbills.

For Patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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The third Thursday evening performance of every production is sign interpreted by certified American Sign Language interpreters. If purchasing online, enter the word SIGN in the promo code box to gain access to seats in the sign interpreted seating section. This code word will automatically discount each adult ticket by $5.

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Assistive listening devices are available for every performance. These devices amplify the actors and enhance the words spoken on stage by separating speech from background noise. Devices can be checked out from coat check, located at the concierge desk.

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Portland Center Stage will have at least one open-captioned performance for each production. This service will make it possible for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those who do not use ASL, to better enjoy our productions by watching a screen near the stage that will simultaneously provide captions of what is being spoken or sung on stage. 

In most cases, the open-captioned performances are on the last scheduled Saturday matinee; exact dates and times are below. If purchasing online, enter the word CAPTION in the promo code box to gain access to seats in the open captioned seating section. This code word will automatically discount each adult ticket by $5.

For Patrons with Sensory Processing Concerns

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Sensory Kits

To improve the experience of any guest who would like one, we have sensory kits available at the concierge desk which can be checked out for the duration of your visit. The kits contain noise-reducing headphones, a small fidget item, a communication card to assist with non-verbal communication, and a sunflower lanyard. Guests are welcome to take the fidget item and lanyard home with them. Kits and items in the kits are sanitized between uses.

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Sensory Guides

For guests who are sensitive to bright lights, loud sound effects, or have other sensory concerns, a sensory guide will be available for each production shortly after it opens. The guides will provide a scene-by-scene breakdown of effects used so that you can be prepared for those events in the show. To download a digital version of the guide for any production in our current season, please visit that show's page during its run and look under "Accessibility."

Access Dates for the 2021-2022 Season

Frida … A Self Portrait

  • Audio Described: October 24, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: October 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: October 30, 2 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Audio Described: December 12, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: December 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: December 18, 2 p.m.
  • Sensory-friendly*: December 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • *Learn about our sensory-friendly performance

    Have specific concerns about loud noises or other effects that are part of the performance? View our scene-by-scene sensory guide.

The Great Leap

  • Audio Described: January 30, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: February 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: February 5, 2 p.m.
  • Have specific concerns about loud noises or other effects that are part of the performance? View our scene-by-scene sensory guide.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Audio Described: February 6, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: February 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: February 12, 2 p.m.
  • Have specific concerns about loud noises or other effects that are part of the performance? View our scene-by-scene sensory guide.

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

  • Audio Described: March 20, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: March 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: March 26, 2 p.m.
  • Have specific concerns about loud noises or other effects that are part of the performance? View our scene-by-scene sensory guide.

Freestyle Love Supreme

  • Audio Described: April 17, 2 p.m.
  • Sign Interpreted: April 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Audio Described: April 23, 2 p.m.
  • Open Captioned: April 23, 2 p.m.
  • Have specific concerns about loud noises or other effects that are part of the performance? View our scene-by-scene sensory guide.

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