Community Partnership


Cyrano de Bergerac

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About A.B.L.E.

A.B.L.E. was founded with a mission of providing 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 what they are ABLE to do. Since its inception in 2010, A.B.L.E. has produced 13 theatrical productions, ranging from Shakespeare to original devised work, at various theaters around Chicago. In 2016, their adaptation of Twelfth Night was produced at Chicago Shakespeare Theater for Shakespeare 400 Chicago. A.B.L.E.'s first independent feature film, THE CURSE OF THE TEMPEST JEWEL, was featured on "Your Chicago" on the CBS Evening News, in the Chicago Onscreen Local Showcase through Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks program, and received the Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Festival. Their second film, THE SPY WHO KNEW ME, premiered in September 2018 and is available for private screenings at schools at community organizations. For more information, visit:

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