Journalism Student at Northwestern University

Touch Tour at the Steppenwolf Theater

A couple dozen individuals with visual impairments and their friends and families came to the Steppenwolf Theater Sunday for a special event. Staff and actors met with the visitors before the day’s mainstage production, Head of Passes, giving them the chance to explore the set and providing live descriptions of the action on stage during the show through special headsets. Part of a regular program at the Steppenwolf, the day presented a unique opportunity for covering theater from a different angle.

A woman guides her husband;s arm over a set piece during the "Touch Tour" before the show.

A woman guides her husband’s arm over a set piece during the “Touch Tour” before the show.

A man feels the metalwork inside the house during a "Touch Tour" for visually impaired individuals.

A man feels the metalwork inside the house during a “Touch Tour” for visually impaired individuals.

Ron Cephas Jones, a cast member, speaks with the visitors before the show. The actors described themselves and their ways of movement.

Ron Cephas Jones, a cast member, speaks with the visitors before the show. The actors described themselves and their characters’ movements.

Visitors explore the exterior of the set.

Visitors explore the exterior of the set.

A volunteer guide and an older woman with visual impairment explore the set.

A volunteer guide and a woman with visual impairment explore the set.

A husband and wife walk through the living room on set before the show.

A husband and wife walk through the living room on set before the show.

Steppenwolf staffers gathered the visitors to talk before the "Touch Tour."

Steppenwolf staffers gathered the visitors to talk before the “Touch Tour.”

Cast member Alana Arenas performs a line from the show for the visitors.

Cast member Alana Arenas performs a line from the show for the visitors.

In the sound booth, a Steppenwolf staff member described the visual aspects of the production via headset as the show went on.
In the sound booth, a Steppenwolf staff member described the visual aspects of the production via headset as the show went on.

 

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