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Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre Brings Max and Ruby (and More!) to the Union County Performing Arts Center

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to two upcoming Sensory Friendly Theatre events at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The Sensory Friendly series, sponsored by the Freeholder Board, showcases exciting live performances in an environment tailored to audiences with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

“The sensory friendly theatre allows residents, families, and children to enjoy all of the excitement that comes with live theatre while feeling comfortable in an environment tailored to their specific needs,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The next performance in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series is childhood favorite Max and Ruby: Musical Playdate. There will be two performances on Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission includes a character parade in the theater, which will take place 15 minutes prior to the 1:00 p.m. show and after the conclusion of the 2:30 PM show.

On Sunday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m., Sensory Friendly Theatre will present the beloved ballet classic Nutcracker, performed by the American Repertory Ballet.

 The Sensory Friendly Theatre series began as an initiative of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella when he served as Chairman in 2012. It is designed according to guidelines that help reduce disturbances for youngsters who experience heightened sensory sensitivity. It has been supported by the Freeholder Board every year since then.

For each of the Sensory Friendly performances, the environment at the Union County Performing Arts Center is adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.

Autism Friendly Spaces implements the supportive atmosphere at the performances. For more information on what to expect at Sensory Friendly Theatre visit

All tickets for are $8.00 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at or by calling the box office at 732-499-8226.

The Union County Performing Arts Center and box office are located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

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