Audio Describer Translates SSU Performance of 'Blur' for Sight-impaired 10/23

October 12
9:18 AM 2013

Sonoma State University's Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance presents a special performance for the sight-impaired during its production of "Blur."

Melanie Marnich's whimsical comedy "Blur" tells the story of a young woman losing her sight due to a genetic disease. As blindness unravels 17-year-old Dot Di Prima's life, she discovers the special kind of vision she'll need to thrive and forge relationships with spirit, humor and hope as she adapts to being guided by her heart rather than her sight.

A special performance will be translated by professional audio describer Andrea Day for the sight-impaired at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

In addition to her work as an audio describer, Day is also an actor who splits her time between New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. She began her audio description career in 1999 in San Francisco with Audio Vision Inc. and described many Broadway premieres for the San Francisco Shorenstein-Hayes-Nederlander Theater's "Best of Broadway" series.

She continued her description work while attending graduate school at Pennsylvania State University with View Via Headphones, honing her "impromptu" description skills describing numerous and varied single-night touring performances of dance, music, and theater.

She is currently the in-house describer for Theater Development Fund in New York City, providing description services for large scale Broadway shows as well as The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park.

As an audio description trainer, Andrea has led training sessions for VSA Arts Pennsylvania and recently returned from leading the Capacity Building Workshop at the LEAD conference (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) organized by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"Blur" is presented in Studio 76, Ives Hall from Oct. 17 to Oct. 26 on the campus of Sonoma State University, at 1801 E. Cotati Ave. in Rohnert Park. For tickets or more information visit www.sonoma.edu/theatreanddance/productions or call the box office at 707-664-4246.

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