Bay Area’s Accessible Performances in April

"Fannie" at TheatreWorks. Photo by Kevin Berne

April showers means you’re going to want to stay indoors—do that while going to see one of these wonderful accessible performances.

It’s a season for change and growth, and we’ve got the stories to represent that. A quiet library becomes a meeting place for those in need at TheatreWorks; and stranded passengers clash with those who take them in at Broadway SF. Check out the full list of open captioned, ASL interpreted, and audio described performances coming to the Bay Area in April.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer


“To hope is to vote!” Famed activist and civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer makes this impassioned rally cry, reminding us that change begins with just one voice. Tracing her steps from sharecropper to activist to political candidate, Fannie takes audiences on a gospel-filled journey of justice and self-determination, inspiring every American to rise up and fight for the vital issues of our time. Featuring a live band and the return of Greta Oglesby, star of last season’s critically-acclaimed Gem of the Ocean!

Audio Described: April 1 at 8 p.m. / April 2 at 2 p.m.

Come From Away

Broadway SF

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

ASL Interpreted: April 15 at 1 p.m.

A Distinct Society


By chance and geographic anomaly, a quiet library in northern Vermont straddles the U.S.-Canada border. Most years it’s just a curiosity, but during the “Muslim ban,” it becomes an unlikely meeting place for an Iranian family who find themselves on opposite sides of an invisible divide. When the Québécoise librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager become involved, all must choose between breaking the law and saving themselves. A favorite from our New Works Festival!

ASL Interpreted: April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Open Captioned: April 23 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. / April 26 at 2 p.m.

Audio Described: April 28 at 8 p.m. / April 29 at 8 p.m. / April 30 at 2 p.m.

Pretty Woman

Broadway SF

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). 

ASL Interpreted: April 30 at 1 p.m.