Trinity Rep offers a series of moderately-adjusted performances of every show to meet the needs of audience members with autism, PTSD, and/or sensitivities to light and sound. Sensory-friendly performances will be identical to other performances of the run, but will feature a lantern placed discreetly in the theater to let patrons know when a loud sound or intense lighting cue (such as strobe lights) is about to play, giving them the chance to close their eyes or block their ears.
In addition to a warning lantern before intense sound and light effects, sensory-friendly performances will offer trained ushers in the audience to offer assistance, a social story and plot synopsis sent in advance, and a safe space in the lobby for patrons to return to if they need a break from the performance.
Tickets to Trinity Rep’s sensory-friendly performances can be purchased as a subscription starting at $114 for all six plays or starting at $25 for a single ticket. The subscription includes all Trinity Rep subscriber benefits such as discounts on additional full price tickets, and VIP rewards for discounts at local restaurants and retailers. Subscriptions are on sale now, non-subscription tickets will go on sale August 14, 2018.
Patrons should note that Sensory-Friendly performances are more appropriate for an audience of teenagers and adults. For family-friendly sensory-friendly performances, please see Trinity Rep’s Sensory-Friendly Plus! series.
Click here to read the Providence Journal’s article on our Sensory-Friendly programming.
Click here to listen to a podcast from American Theatre about their experience with our Sensory-Friendly programming.
The upcoming Sensory-Friendly performance dates are:
The Song of Summer: April 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Little Shop of Horrors: May 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Marisol: June 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Preparing for the performance:
Looking to come early to meet your seat? No problem! Email Jordan Butterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.