Community Partnership


As You Like It

May 20, 2019

7:00 p.m.
CST's Courtyard Theater
by William Shakespeare
adapted for the ensemble by Emma MacLean


A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits and Expectations) provides artistic experiences through which individuals with Down syndrome and developmental differences feel empowered to discover their own unique voices and develop the confidence and skills to share who they are. After the success of Twelfth Night (2016), Cyrano de Bergerac (2018), and Thereby Hangs a Tale (2018), A.B.L.E. is thrilled to continue their partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater this spring. The ensemble, nineteen young adults, take the stage for one night only on Monday, May 20, 2019, with an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s wacky and whimsical comedy.

As You Like It is about navigating conflict, learning to forgive, and celebrating your identity—themes that are especially relevant for A.B.L.E.’s young participants with developmental differences. Adapted and directed by A.B.L.E. teaching artist Emma MacLean, the script has been tailored to the individual strengths of the ensemble. The cast will put their unique stamp on this “Wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful” comedy, bringing The Bard’s poetry and prose to life through scenes, monologues, dances, and puppetry. Actors will share roles; each Actor plays multiple characters because, “One man in his time plays many parts.” As Rosalind learns, sometimes we have to become something quite unlike ourselves, to find who we truly are. Get lost in the Forest of Arden with us!

The Ensemble: Colleen Altman, Quincy Bane, Marissa Bloodgood, Christian Boyd, Alena Brown, Jack Butler, Sandia Coleman, Samuel Floersheimer, Peter Grzeslo, Natalia Janik, Anna Luzadder, Lucas Miezal, Mila Medina, Maria Meyer, Claire O’Leary, Sam Petri, Sam Radinsky, Hannah Vilic, and Lucy Walsh

Teaching Artists: Kaylie Honkala, Emma MacLean, Sean Okerberg

Properties: Alison Perrone

Puppet Design: Stephanie Diaz, Julianne Eisele, Folkmanis, Cynthia Von Orthal

Lighting Design: Claire Chrzan

Facilitators: Rosie Bross, Nate Buursma, Braden Cleary, Shannon Diegal, Mary Feigenbutz, Chelsea Hosler, Lawrence Kern, Arin Mulvaney, Jenna Rapisarda, Michael Russell, Beth Sherwood, Susan Sjodin, Dana Smith, Lindsay Stock, Peter Van Kempen, Adele Wilhelm, Katie Yohe, Polly Yukevich


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Since its inception in 2010, A.B.L.E. has produced 16 theatrical productions, ranging from Shakespeare to original devised work.
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