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McLean Players to Offer Audio Description for the Visually Impaired

The McLean Community Players and the non-profit group Metropolitan Washington Ear have teamed up to bring the first full season of audio description services to Northern Virginia theater.

The service begins with the Oct. 5 production of “Time Stands Still,” and continues with audio description at the final Saturday show of each of MCP’s remaining 2013-14 productions.

During pauses in the dialog, patrons who are blind or have low vision can hear a trained volunteer describe the stage action – including body language, costumes, scenery, and lighting – via a small earpiece, as if a friend were seated next to them and without bothering others nearby.

The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides reading and information services for people who are blind, visually impaired, or have physical disabilities that prevent them from effectively reading print, seeing plays, watching television programs and films, or viewing museum exhibits.