Based on Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s phantasmagorical novel, adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Blindness begins with the nightmarish premise of a pandemic that causes blindness. In an immersive sound and light installation, the production features the recorded audio performance of the Olivier Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply), for a wholly unique experience. Hailed by The Guardian as “an exquisitely told story of resilience, violence, and hope,” this remarkable work of art posits the paranoia of governmental indifference to the plight of the suffering, yet offers a message of hope in times of darkness. This actor-less installation, limited to 40 guests at a time, will be a welcoming first step back into Sidney Harman Hall.

All titles, artists and dates subject to change.


“BRILLIANT…Provocative, disturbing, yet with glimmers of hope near the end.” –New York Times

“A CLEVER and COMPELLING way to reopen the theatre.” –BroadwayWorld

“INVENTIVE…A magnificent piece of narration, gripping and believable.” –WhatsOnStage

“TIMELY…An exquisitely told story of resilience, violence, and hope.” –The Guardian

“INGENIOUS…Artistically and technologically pioneering.” –The Telegraph

“UNFORGETTABLE…That it also speaks so eloquently to our Covid-afflicted present and our common humanity is an exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art—not least at times of crisis.” –Metro

“WONDERFUL…Captures the sublime moments of hope in the midst of the horror.” –British Theatre

Your safety is our priority. STC was granted a waiver by the D.C. Government’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency specifically for this event. Highlights of the safety precautions we will be taking at each seating include:

  • Masks will be worn by all patrons and staff at all times. STC will provide masks as needed.
  • If you do not feel well, please stay home. Contact the Box Office to discuss rescheduling your attendance.
  • Seating is limited to 40 people, sitting in pairs on the stage, socially distanced from each other. No patron will be sitting next to someone they did not come to the theatre with. NOTE: Although most seats are sold in pairs, a limited number of single seats are available at each seating.
  • Venue doors will open 20 minutes prior to each seating. Patrons will check in at the box office. No physical tickets will be exchanged. STC will offer a digital program instead of a physical, printed copy.
  • Headsets, seats, and flashlights will be disinfected before every seating, and all bathrooms and lobby spaces cleaned before the next seating group enters the building.
  • Our theatre’s HVAC system meets the current recommended air-flow guidelines with MERV-13 air filters, and all air filters were replaced in November 2020. The HVAC system will use fresh air only (not recycled), before and during all performances.
  • Our concessions bar is closed and food and drink are not allowed in the theatre or lobby.
  • A trained Safety Compliance Officer will be on site at every seating to ensure all safety guidelines are followed and to address any questions or concerns.

View STC’s comprehensive Health and Safety guidelines here

Seats for Blindness are sold in pairs. To inquire about individual seats, please call the box office at 202.547.1122.

If you have any accessibility needs, please call the box office at 202.547.1122.


May 01 - May 23

Sidney Harman HallThe Donmar Warehouse Production
Featuring the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Based on the novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann

This production runs 70 minutes with no intermission.

Blindness includes extended periods of blackout with intermittent lighting, including flashing lights and strobe in close proximity to patrons.
Supported in part by: National Endowment for the Arts CoStar Group

2020/21 Season Sponsor:
Michael R. Klein and Joan Fabry

Additional production support:
Marcel C. LaFollette and Jeffrey K. Stine
Abbe Lowell and Molly Meegan
Judi Seiden
Share Fund

Photos from The Donmar Warehouse's 2020 production of Blindness by Helen Maybanks.
The Performers
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  • Narrator/Doctor's Wife: Juliet Stevenson
    Juliet Stevenson
    Narrator/Doctor's Wife
    Narrator/Doctor's Wife
    Juliet Stevenson

    Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. Her most recent theatre credits include The Doctor, for which she won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress and is currently nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress, Mary Stuart, Hamlet (Almeida/West End); Wings, and Happy Days (Young Vic). Juliet won the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in Death and the Maiden, and has been nominated a further five times. Juliet has received five BAFTA nominations for her work on screen. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply (Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress), Bend it like Beckham, When did you last see your Father?, and Being Julia. Juliet’s latest television work includes Riviera and Out of her Mind, a comedy series with Sara Pascoe which will air in September 2020. Her other credits include One of Us and The Enfield Haunting, and she appeared as a series regular in Atlantis and The Village. She was awarded the CBE in 1999.

The Artistic Team
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  • Simon Stephens
    Simon Stephens

    Simon Stephens is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright. His theatre credits include Fortune (Metropolitan, Tokyo), Maria, Rage (Thalia, Hamburg), The Threepenny Opera (NT), Fatherland (MIF 2017/Lyric Hammersmith/LIFT Festival 2018), Heisenberg (West End), Obsession (Barbican/Toneelgroep, Amsterdam), The Seagull, Herons, Morning, Three Kingdoms, A Thousand Stars that Explode in the Sky, Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Almeida); Nuclear War, Birdland, Country Music, Bluebird (Royal Court); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play) (NT/West End/Broadway), A Doll’s House (Young Vic/West End); Sea Wall (Bush), Harper Regan, Port (Royal Exchange, Manchester/NT), and On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange, Manchester). He has also written for film, television, and radio. Simon is a professor at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith.  

  • Walter Meierjohann
    Walter Meierjohann

    Walter Meierjohann was Artistic Director of HOME from 2013 to 2018 and International Associate Director at the Young Vic in London. At the Young Vic, his productions included the European premiere of In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell McCraney and Kafka’s Monkey, which toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Athens, Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, Taipei, and New York. The production, which starred Kathryn Hunter, also showed in HOME’s 2015 opening season, with Hunter reprising her lead role. Walter has worked extensively in Germany and the UK at theatres including: the Barbican; Liverpool Playhouse; Nottingham Playhouse; The Curve, Leicester; Residenztheater, Munich; Staatsschauspiel, Dresden; Schauspiel, Graz; and Arena, Berlin, for Peter Stein’s Faust Ensemble and Impulse Theatre Festival. Prior to joining the Young Vic, Walter was Artistic Director of Neubau at the State Theatre of Dresden. In opera, he has assisted the late Klaus-Michael Grueber in his productions of Aida (Nederlands Opera, Amsterdam) and Don Giovanni (Ruhrfestspiele).  

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