Special Autism-Friendly Production of ‘Wicked’ Saturday in Pittsburgh

Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda) and Mary Kate Morrissey (Elphaba) star in the national touring production of “Wicked,” which takes the stage through Feb. 11 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

A very special performance of “Wicked” will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. To create an autism-friendly setting, the shows are performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

For these special performances, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices exclusively to families, groups, organizations and schools whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum. Pittsburgh will be the first city outside of New York to offer “Wicked” in this form.

Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights. You will enjoy a Broadway theater experience in a judgement free environment. Staffed quiet and play areas will be open in the lobby before and during the performance. Specially trained volunteers will provide audience support.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to offer special prices to allow all patrons a chance to see a Broadway show with their family and friends. Only members of the community who have a family member or friend on the Autism spectrum or who are in need of a sensory-friendly environment themselves may purchase tickets to this performance. Family and friends are welcome to experience the show together. A number of questions must be answered at point of purchased to complete the ticket transaction.

Due to very limited availability, if a member of your party needs to remain in a wheelchair for the performance, please call the customer service line at 412-456-2670.

Special thanks to Autism Connection of PA, FISA Foundation, Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust, The Jack Buncher Foundation, and TeleTracking for their contributions in support of this event.

Please visit autismofpa.org for more information about autism and related conditions.

“Wicked” will continue to entertain Pittsburgh area audiences with performances at the Benedum Center through Feb. 11.

The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships, until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “Wicked.”

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for “Wicked” through Feb. 11. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who wish to participate in the lottery must present themselves at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Participants will have their names placed in a lottery drum; 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at a discounted price, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. There is no lottery for the Feb 3 matinee.

For more information, visit trustarts.org.