Community Partnership


Cyrano de Bergerac

May 17, 2018

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

7:00 P.M.


A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations) provides artistic experiences through which individuals with developmental differences feel empowered to discover their own unique voices and develop the confidence and skills to share who they are. Supported by a staff of teaching artists and volunteer facilitators, actors work together and support each other to create a performance piece, while building lifelong skills that will help both onstage and in their day-to-day lives. The actors, 21 young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences, will take the stage with an original adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic, Cyrano de Bergerac–a story about love and war, courage and heartbreak.

Cyrano explores deeper themes such as inner and outer beauty, "otherness," unrequited love, loyalty, and friendship–themes that hit home for any teenager, but especially those with developmental differences. Adapted by A.B.L.E. co-founder and Artistic Director, Katie Yohe, the script has been tailored to the individual strengths of the ensemble. Infused with humor, music, and swordfights, Cyrano offers many opportunities for the cast to showcase their diverse talents. 


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Since its inception in 2010, A.B.L.E. has produced 13 theatrical productions, ranging from Shakespeare to original devised work.
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