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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

About A.B.L.E.

Founded on the belief that everyone is A.B.L.E. to connect, to communicate, and to create, 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 theater and film projects while strengthening lifelong skills including communication, focus, creativity, and teamwork.

To date, A.B.L.E.’s teen and adult ensembles have staged sixteen plays ranging from original stories devised by the ensemble to classics by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Gilbert & Sullivan. A.B.L.E. partners with professional theaters around the city, including Chicago Children’s Theatre and Victory Gardens Theater. Most notably, A.B.L.E. has forged an ongoing partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, collaborating on adaptations of Twelfth Night (2016) and Cyrano de Bergerac (2018), and the world premiere Thereby Hangs a Tale (2018).

A.B.L.E.'s feature films, The Curse of the Tempest Jewel (2014) and The Spy Who Knew Me (2017) have been recognized by several festivals on the local and international circuits.  A.B.L.E. tours both films to local schools and community organizations for private screenings and discussions about best practices for inclusion. Additionally, A.B.L.E. hosts specialty workshops and outreach programming for schools and other community organizations, including partnerships with the PACE program at National Louis University, Seesaw Theatre, and the internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly.  For more information, visit: www.ableensemble.com

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