Breaking Down Barriers for Blind ThespiansBy Danielson, Christopher; Voice of the Nation's Blind,
Publication Date: March 2005
Article discusses barriers faced by thespians who are blind or have low vision, and discusses stage adaptations that can facilitate participation in plays. The author contends that finding one’s way around a stage and a set without a cane or dog is no different than moving about one’s home or office once the general layout is learned. When an actor needs to stand in a particular spot for a scene, set designers can utilize an area rug or a strip of molding as a tactile guide. For people who have low vision, extra set pieces can be used for contrast. For example, a white coaster can be placed under a wine glass on a dark table surface so that an actor with low vision can smoothly pick up the glass.
National Federation of the Blind (Web Site: http://www.nfb.org )
Link to text: http://www.voiceofthenationsblind.org/articles/117/breaking-down-barriers-for-blind-thespians