ARTICLE NUMBER 3
NAME: Agreement to Ease Ticket Buying for Disabled at Theater Row
BY: PATRICK HEALY
SUMARRY: The New York attorney general announced an agreement on Monday that will make it easier for patrons in wheelchairs to buy tickets to plays and musicals at Theater Row, the 42nd St. home to Off Broadway theater troupes including the New Group and Keen Company. In a statement the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, said that some people with disabilities were not able to buy tickets to Theater Row shows during the same hours and in the same purchasing manner as patrons who did not need special accommodations. While details were not provided, these hurdles had the effect of “limiting the time and opportunities for persons with disabilities to purchase and secure accessible seating,” according to the statement. Mr. Schneiderman said the new agreement will provide “equal access” to tickets for disabled theatergoers who seek to buy them online, by phone or via third parties such as Telecharge. Theater Row, which has six stages, is already accessible for people in wheelchairs.
The agreement was not triggered by any complaint from theatergoers, but rather by proactive enforcement of the Americans with Disability Act by the attorney general’s civil rights bureau. In lieu of a monetary settlement, the 42nd Street Development Corporation – which owns and operates Theater Row – will provide a pair of free tickets for a wheelchair-accessible seat and a companion seat once a month for a year to productions at Theater Row’s Acorn Theater. That space is now regularly used by the New Group; its latest production, “Clive,” starring and directed by Oscar and Tony nominee Ethan Hawke, starts performances at the Acorn on Thursday.
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