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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to provide accessible performances of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank will include an exclusive open-captioned performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Open captioning is provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. During an open-captioned performance, the transcribed dialogue is prominently displayed on a screen for the entire audience. Audience members do not require individual equipment. Tickets start at $32. For more information, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit

3218103771_0b07b5e61b (1) The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.

On November 1, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is offering an audio description of the performance.  Patrons with visual impairments hear live descriptions of the action on the stage through an FM transmitter.  Michael Dundon, a trained audio describer, will perform the audio description.

The audio description and open caption services are made possible by New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

The Diary of Anne Frank runs through November 21 at the Theatre’s Main Stage – the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Nearly 75 years ago, a young girl in the Netherlands received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Critic’s Circle Award-winning play.

Special Performances

Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a free post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff. Remaining symposium performances for The Diary of Anne Frank will be Saturday, October 24 and October 31 at 2 p.m.

For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on the production. The Know the Show performance will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for ticket package holders and subscribers. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

Pictured: Anne Frank (Emmanuelle Nadeau) reflects on her situation through her writing. Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 2015.

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