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Cyrano de Bergerac
  • A.B.L.E. previously partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2016, presenting an adaptation of Twelfth Night for Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong international arts festival celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy . Now, the ensemble is delighted to be part of the inaugural season in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. At over 650 seats, this world-class venue will be the largest house the ensemble has ever performed in, and they are grateful for the opportunity to reach a wider audience.

    Presently, A.B.L.E. hosts two ensembles, comprised of a total of 21 young adults ranging in age from 15-21. Supported by a team of professional teaching artists and volunteer facilitators, the ensembles meet for weekly rehearsals to participate in a range of theater games and activities aimed at exploring the characters and themes of the play. Along the way, actors build confidence and strengthen lifelong skills including speech and communication, focus, creativity, and teamwork.

    This performance will mark the final production for two of the ensemble’s founding members, Emily Kwidzinski and Emily Lavin. Both actors turn 22 this year and will graduate from both the Chicago Public School system and A.B.L.E.’s teen ensemble. Inspired by the growth of these founding actors, A.B.L.E. will launch a new ensemble for adults ages 22 and up later this year.

Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • Address: 800 E. Grand Ave.
  • May 17, 2018
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater