New York Theatre Workshop Announces Open Captioning for All Performances of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

New York Theatre Workshop Announces Open Captioning for All Performances of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is proud to announce that open captioning will be available at every performance of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, by NYTW Usual Suspect and five-time Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill (Love and Information; A Number), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect, Tony Award nominee, & three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, which will be NYTW's eighth collaboration with Churchill, will begin previews on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with an opening night set for Monday, May 7 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), for a limited run through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

At every performance of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, c2 (Caption Coalition) Inc. will provide live captioning which will be displayed via a captioning board that has been incorporated into the design of the production, allowing all audience members access to the text as the action plays out onstage.

Additional support for NYTW's production of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, including support for the open captioning service, has been provided by Diana & Joe DiMenna & TDF TAP Plus.

"This is a piece about collective liberation," said director Rachel Chavkin, "and thus there's no separation between the artistic integrity of the project and it being as accessible to as many audiences as possible (while submitting to certain realities of a capitalist country). Open captioning is one way to help make the work accessible to an audience that otherwise might be shut out, and so it felt essential to me and to the Workshop to make that happen."

"LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE is a play about a great awakening moment amongst the least empowered groups of people in 17th century England," said NYTW Artistic Director James Nicola. "Rachel Chavkin's vision of the play is for it to speak to any and all in our midst today who do not feel included. Open captioning allows access for people who might not usually have a way in to such an event."

"New York Theatre Workshop's commitment to make LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE accessible with open captioning is truly commendable," said Lisa Carling, TDF's Director of Accessibility Programs. "We are delighted that our panelists agreed and TDF was able to provide support for this service through NYSCA/TDF Accessibility Grants."

The cast for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE includes Vinie Burrows (Walk Together Children), Rob Campbell (All the Way),Matthew Jeffers (The Mysteries), Mikéah Ernest Jennings (MASTER), Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living) and Evelyn Spahr (The Post).

The creative team includes scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (Indecent), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Amazing Grace), lighting design by Isabella Byrd (Sundown, Yellow Moon), sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (The Rape of the Sabine Women), properties by Noah Mease(Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), original music and music direction by Orion Stephanie Johnstone ({my lingerie play}: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!!) and stage management by Jhanaë K-C Bonnick (That Bachelorette Show).

On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown on the NYTW stage and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.

Single tickets for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE are $65, with $45 tickets available for performances from April 20-29.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm,Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Saturday, April 21; no performance on Tuesday, May 8; and no 7pm performance on Sunday, March 20.

Season memberships are available at or 212-460-5475. The 2017/18 season began with the New York premiere of Mary Jane by NYTW Usual Suspect and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Amy Herzog (4000 Miles, Belleville), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and two-time Obie Award winnerAnne Kauffman (Sundown, Yellow Moon; A Life); followed by HUNDRED DAYS, with a book by The Bengsons (Iphigenia in Aulis) and Sarah Gancher (The Place We Built), music and lyrics by The Bengsons, direction by Anne Kauffman, and movement direction by Obie Award winnerSonya Tayeh (you'll still call me by name). The season continued with the World Premiere of AN ORDINARY MUSLIM, by NYTW Usual Suspect and 2017-18 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Hammaad Chaudry (Salaam, Mr. Bush), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Obie Award winner Jo Bonney (The Body of An American). The 2o17/18 season will conclude with the New York Premiere of THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND by Marcus Gardley (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz(Red Speedo; The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World).

New York Theatre Workshop's recently announced 2018/19 season will begin in Fall 2018 with WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck (Grand Concourse, "I Love Dick") and directed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (The Amateurs, The Light Years); followed by the New York Premiere of SLAVE PLAY by Jeremy O. Harris (Daddy). The season continues in 2019 with the first co-production of a two-play collaboration with WP Theater (Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag), HURRICANE DIANE, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence) and directed by Tony Award nominee, two-time Obie Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Leigh Silverman (Violet). The second co-production will take place at WP Theater with details to be announced at a later date. Following HURRICANE DIANE is SANCTUARY CITY, by NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (queens, Ironbound). The 2018/19 Season will conclude with a new project from Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field, Fires in the Mirror).

New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village, NYTW presents five new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 150 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs!and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power's The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away,A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath; Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh's Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith's The Gimmick and Forever; Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown; sand eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.


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