News: World Premiere of "Public Servant" at Theatre Row Announces Open-Captioned and Audio-Described Performances

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Theater Breaking Through Barriers was founded in 1979 by as Theater by the Blind, and it begins its 40th anniversary with the World Premiere of Public Servant, written by Bekah Brunstetter, of NBC’s Emmy-winning drama This Is Us and the just-announced Oklahoma TV series. The company's mission is to change the image of people with disabilities from one of dependence to independence, to fight stereotypes and misperceptions associated with disability, and to show how vibrant, fluid, and exuberant the work of artists with disabilities can be. “As New York’s only Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to advancing the work professional artists with disabilities, it has been a key priority of ours to create theater that is fully accessible to all,” notes TBTB Artistic Director Nicolas Viselli. “Over the years we have been actively working to increase the number of open captioned and audio described performances for our deaf/hard of hearing and blind/low vision patrons and we are extremely proud to be partnering with c2 open captioning service and audio describer, Andrea Miskow to offer five all access performances during our world premiere production of Bekah Brunstetter's Public Servant.”

In Public Servant, Ed has been newly elected as County Commissioner, and, with his daughter Hannah by his side, he plans to change the world - or at least his little corner of it. Meanwhile, all that world-weary Miriam needs is to sell her late mother’s house. Disillusioned with the system but desperate, she turns to Ed for help with what should be a simple request, but, in the world of politics, nothing is ever simple. 

Public Servant is directed by Geordie Broadwater and stars Chris Henry Coffey (Broadway’s Bronx Bombers, David Schwimmer’s Trust opposite Clive Owen and Viola Davis), Christine Bruno (Jose Rivera’s adaption of The Maids, Bekah Brunstetter’s Forgotten Corners... with TBTB), and newcomer Anna Lentz in her Off-Broadway debut. The play is the second part of a trilogy by Brunstetter that began with The Cake in February at Manhattan Theatre Club. Currently in previews at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), Public Servant's opening night is set for Thursday, June 6, 2019, and its open-captioned and audio-described performances take place on the following dates:

• Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm
• Friday, June 14 at 8:00 pm
• Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
• Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 pm
• Saturday, June 29 at 3:00 pm

The production runs through June 29. Performances are Tuesday - Wednesday at 7 pm, Thursday - Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $58 and are available at 212-239-6200 or


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