CHICAGO – The Second City is proud to continue improving and evolving the theater’s accessible programming in 2019. Through a partnership with the Theater Development Fund (TDF), the legendary comedy company is able to announce a full year’s worth of open captioned and audio described performances for the first time.
“In 2018, The Second City dove headfirst into the world of accessibility. With the help and support of the Theater Development Fund, we were able to offer our first-ever open captioned performances and have expanded our programming to offer audio described performances, as well. As the first sketch and improv theater to attempt open captioning, we had the opportunity to discover some creative solutions to the challenges presented by improvisation, an artform fueled by spontaneity,” said Second City Associate Producer Jesse Swanson, who is also part of The Second City’s Accessibility Committee. “After working with our patrons and partners in the deaf community, and with the support of TDF and C2 (caption coalition) inc., we are excited to offer an open captioned experience that is truly unique.”
With this programming, The Second City continues to work to provide increased accessibility accommodations and foster an environment of inclusion for every person in a way that respects the dignity and independence of all, including those with disabilities.
The Second City is eager to expand and advance accessible programming for years to come. Please see below for the 2019 Accessible Programming Calendar.
2019 Accessible Programming Calendar for The Second City
The Best of The Second City: Saturday March 2nd (Audio Described)
The Best of The Second City: Monday, March 18 2019 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
Improv Comedy Hour: Monday, April 15 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
The Second City e.t.c.’s 43rd Revue: Sunday, May 19 at 7pm (Open Captioned)
The Second City e.t.c.’s 43rd Revue: Thursday, June 6 at 8pm (Audio Described)
Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo: Friday, July 26 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo: Thursday, August 8 at 8pm (Audio Described)
Untitled Fall Project: Friday, September 20 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
Untitled Fall Project: Friday, October 25 8pm (Audio Described)
The Second City e.t.c.’s 43rd Revue: Saturday, November 16 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
Annual Holiday Show (Title TBD): Thursday, December 12 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue: Friday, December 20 at 8pm (Open Captioned)
Tickets can be purchased in person at The Second City Box Office (230 W. North Avenue, 1st floor Box Office), by phone at 312-337-3992, or via email to email@example.com.
About The Second City
Since opening its doors as a small cabaret theater in 1959, The Second City has grown into an entertainment empire. With sold-out shows playing 7 days a week on 10 resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, Second City’s Touring and Theatrical companies entertain an additional 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation-based arts on the planet, with locations in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that serve 11,000 students annually. In 2016, the Harold Ramis Film launched, becoming the world’s only film school dedicated to comedy. Second City Works, the B2B side of Second City, has brought award-winning improvisation and audience-driven techniques to over 600 Fortune 1000 companies, challenging businesses seeking a more collaborative culture to innovate through development programs, original digital and video content, campaign consultation, private events, and more. Second City Entertainment’s foray into television and media continues to produce new content and programming, including two-time Emmy winner SCTV and the upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed Netflix documentary exploring the iconic series’ enduring legacy.
Alumni of The Second City include some of the world’s foremost comedy superstars, including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Aidy Bryant, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Richard Kind, Eugene Levy, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Sam Richardson, Joan Rivers, Amy Sedaris, Martin Short, Cecily Strong, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Willard, and many more.