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FREE Hadestown Autism Friendly Performance

Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
New York City

Sunday, August 20 at 1 p.m.

The Relaxed [Autism-Friendly] Performance is sponsored by Thomas M. Neff.

This event is FREE to our audience members. All tickets will be awarded through our lottery system by random draw. By filling out this form, you are entering to win tickets for this performance. Limit four tickets per entry.

The lottery is now closed and all winners have been notified. 

This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.

Email autism@tdf.org with any questions. Please do not call.

Age recommendation: 8 and up. All audience members must have a ticket regardless of age. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

About the show: Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including best musical, this acclaimed production by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) intertwines the mythic tales of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone. It's a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back that pits industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love.

Content advisory: Where possible, adjustments to sound, lighting and haze will be made. Break areas will be available for anyone who needs them.

Accessibility: There is no elevator or escalator in the theatre. The mezzanine requires stairs. Most rows in the orchestra do not require steps with the exception of rows R and S, which have one step up to the seats. I-Caption, D-Scriptive, translations and infrared technology are available.

COVID-19 safety information: Masks are optional but strongly encouraged. Seating will be at full capacity.

What they're saying:

"The best new musical of the season" -The Wall Street Journal

"Sumptuous. Gorgeous. As good as it gets." -The New York Times

"Utterly fabulous... Rachel Chavkin is fearlessly innovative. Her wildly inventive production arrives on Broadway with a furnace-like blast of creativity." -The Hollywood Reporter

What makes the performance autism-friendly? To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is being performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made. There will be break areas staffed by specialists in the field in case anyone needs to leave the theatre during the show. A downloadable Event Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance such as a Character Guide will also be available.

Peruse the Hadestown Logistics Guide

View the Hadestown Character Guide

Read the Hadestown Event Narrative

Explore the Hadestown Visual Checklist

See the Accessibility Guide to the Walter Kerr Theatre


We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children's viewing and engagement with the performance.

TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of TDF's Autism Friendly Performances:

Anonymous, Darlene and Stuart Altschuler, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund, Bradley Butwin, The FAR Fund, The Joseph H. Flom Foundation, Eric Grossman, Howard Gilman Foundation, O'Melveny, Jonathan Rosenberg, Seventh District Foundation, Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Taft Foundation, Ronald and Catherine Weiss in honor of Joseph Flom

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addiction. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.