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Theatre & Performing Arts

A.B.L.E. presents The Odyssey

Set sail for an adventure like no other, full of twists and turns. Together we’ll meet indulgent Lotus Eaters and seductive Sirens who test our focus, and face terrifying monsters who test our wit and our courage. As we follow Odysseus on his Journey, the ensemble reflects on choice and agency and the hero in all of us.


A.B.L.E.Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations—a Chicago-based nonprofit that creates theatre and film for, with, and by individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is thrilled to return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater with a re-imagining of the epic classic The Odyssey

A.B.L.E’s production weaves music, movement, shadow puppetry, and scenes devised by the group into a powerful and joyful celebration of the choices we make, and the challenges we face along our journey. The vibrant adaptation features a neurodiverse cast of 44 performers, including 24 actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The performance in the Courtyard Theater on May 11, 2024 at 2pm will mark the two companies’ 7th collaboration, most recently having co-produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream last spring. 


Accessibility at this performance

  • Open captioning
  • Dual ASL interpretation
  • Relaxed performance, including a designated movement zone
  • Sensory Support
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Masks required out of consideration for our immunocompromised community members


Ticket Tiers

All tickets are general admission. 

ABLE is committed to removing barriers, and that includes ensuring our work is financially accessible for everyone who wants to attend. Pick the pricing tier that works for you:

  • $15I am ABLE to connect – this level represents ABLE’s commitment to making the arts accessible for all.
  • $30 – I am ABLE to contribute – this level helps offset crucial production costs like props, costumes, and rehearsal space.
  • $45 – I am ABLE to create – this level represents the true cost of A.B.L.E.’s programming. If everyone purchased a ticket at this level, we would break even for this semester.


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