Round House Theatre

Photo of Exterior to Round House Theatre Company
Venue Address

4545 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
United States

Round House Theatre is one of the leading professional theatres in the Washington, DC, area, producing a season of new plays, modern classics, and musicals for more than 55,000 patrons each year at our 352-seat theatre in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for more than 197 Helen Hayes Awards and has won more than 37, including four “Outstanding Resident Play” Awards, the “Outstanding Resident Musical Award,” and the Charles MacArthur Award for Original New Play in 2016. Round House’s lifelong learning and education programs serve more than 5,000 students each year at its Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Cornerstone programs include Free Play, which provides free tickets to teens and college students; the year-round Teen Performance Company, which culminates in the student-produced Sarah Metzger Memorial Play; Summer Camp for students in grades K-12; and a full slate of classes for adults and youth.

Public Transportation
Round House Theatre is one block from the Bethesda station on Metro’s Red Line, at the corner of East-West Highway and Waverly Street.

Metro riders should disembark at the Bethesda station and take the convenient pedestrian tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue. This pedestrian tunnel ends in the lobby of the Bethesda Crescent Building.

After exiting the tunnel, take the escalator up to street level. Exit the building onto East-West Highway, look to your right, and you will see Round House Theatre across the street at the corner of East-West Highway and Waverly Street.

The pedestrian tunnel is closed 10:00 pm – 5:00 am. During those times the Metro is accessible through the entrance on Wisconsin Avenue in the plaza next to the Hyatt.

Parking Options
The theatre does not own or operate any of the parking garages listed below. While we do our best to provide the most accurate information available, timing and rates are subject to change at the discretion of the owners.

Garage Parking
The LAZ garage underneath the theatre and 7501 Wisconsin Avenue building is open each day until 11:00 pm Monday through Saturday and until 5:30 pm on Sunday. Paid parking is available at a flat rate of $6 for Round House patrons entering the attended garage after 6:00 pm M-F, or all day on the weekends. Those parking before 6:00 pm M-F will receive a $6 discount and be responsible for the remainder. Flat rate parking for $6 is available all-day on the weekends.

If you are staying for a special event that may end after the times listed above, or leaving Round House premises on foot after the show, you will need to move your car immediately following the performance. Once the garage closes you may not be able to access your vehicle until the following morning.

Entrance to the parking garage is on the service road directly across from Waverly Street and adjacent to the theatre. Follow the signs to the parking garage. The eastern-most elevator in the garage (on the P-1 level; clearly marked as for Round House) will take you to our theatre Box Office foyer.

Please note that the payment procedure has changed for the 7501 Wisconsin Avenue garage. Drivers will now be required to take an automatic ticket when entering and later pay at the pay stations located on the P-1 level before returning to their vehicle to exit. The nearest pay station accepting cash & credit is located by the P-1 east tower garage elevator lobby. When exiting the Round House elevator lobby, walk straight ahead and look to the right to find the nearest pay station.

Metered Garage Parking
Two metered public parking decks are on Waverly Street one-half block from the theatre. These meters are in effect weekdays 7:00 am – 10:00 pm and cost $1.25 per hour. Parking in these metered decks is free on weekends. Please be aware that Montgomery County has temporarily closed portions of the 7401 Waverly Street parking garage for rehabilitation.

Pay-by-Cell Phone parking is available in the Waverly Street garage.
Accessibility Information
Seating
Accessible seating is available both in the orchestra and balcony levels for patrons with physical disabilities or mobility impairments. Please request special seating at time of ticket purchase.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)
Round House provides FM audio enhancement for all performances. 24 individual devices are available at the concession stand on a first-come-first-serve basis. Additionally, Round House has 24 neck loops for those with hearing aids that have the T-coil switch, and 24 sets of headphones for patrons without hearing aids (12 over-the-head; 12 behind-the-head). Patrons interested in using an ALD must leave valid identification or credit card to hold device.

Audio-Described Performances
A professional audio-describer provides a carefully timed narration of the onstage visual elements in the performance, including the action, costumes and scenery via Assistive Listening Devices, which are available for loan at each performance.

Open-Captioned Performances
Open captioning provides patrons with live text presentation of onstage dialogue on an LED sign. A professional captioner scrolls up to three lines of text at a time in sync with the actors' spoken word.

Relaxed Performances
Round House programs Relaxed Performances are specially adapted show for adults and children who might benefit from a more relaxed environment. Our Relaxed Performances aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals with sensory and cognitive disabilities, their families, and friends. Tickets to Relaxed Performances are affordable and can be 100% refunded up until the show begins.

Accommodations for Relaxed Performances include:

- A pre-visit social narrative and other preparatory materials explaining what to expect
- Reduction of sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds
- Reduction of overwhelming stage lighting
- Low lighting in the theatre so patrons are able to see should they need to move around or exit the theatre
- Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
- The use of mobile electronic devices are permitted during the performance if they are being used as a communication device
- Designated quiet spaces will be available for those who might feel overwhelmed and need a break from the performance

For more information, please call the box office at 240.644.1100 or email boxoffice@roundhousetheatre.org

TTY
Using the services of Maryland Relay, patrons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, or Speech Disabled can easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with the Round House Box Office about performances in our theatre. For more information about using Maryland Relay’s TTY service visit www.mdrelay.org.

Learn more at https://www.roundhousetheatre.org/Your-Visit/Accessibility

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