Community Partnership


Thereby Hangs a Tale

December 17 - 18, 2018

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

Stories devised and performed by the actors of A.B.L.E. Ensemble
7:00 P.M. both nights

About A.B.L.E.

Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations (A.B.L.E.) provides performing arts opportunities through which individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental differences feel accepted and empowered to discover their own unique voices, and develop the confidence and skills to share who they are and all they are A.B.L.E. to do. Supported by a staff of teaching artists and volunteer facilitators, ensembles work together to create theatre and film projects while strengthening lifelong skills including communication, focus, creativity, and teamwork.

To date, the company has staged 13 plays at various professional theatres around the city, ranging from original stories devised by the ensemble to classics by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Gilbert & Sullivan. A.B.L.E.’s previous partnerships with Chicago Shakespeare Theater include adaptations of Twelfth Night (2016) and Cyrano de Bergerac (2018). A.B.L.E.'s feature films The Curse of the Tempest Jewel and The Spy Who Knew Me have been recognized by several festivals on the local and international circuits, and are available for private screenings at schools and community organizations. Additionally, A.B.L.E. hosts specialty workshops, and partners with community organizations to lead trainings and residencies. For more information, visit:

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