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Theatre & Performing Arts

Free Street Announces A One-Of-A-Kind Experience with 57 BLOCKS

This spring, Free Street merges their Pulaski Park and Storyfront Youth Ensembles to create the moving production, 57 Blocks. This immersive play investigates issues of education, immigration and incarceration in the city, helmed by directors Katrina Dion, Marilyn Carteño and Sebastian Olayo.

57 Blocks has a cast of nine and was created over the last two years with more than 30 youth participants to create the scenes for this original and one-of-a-kind immersive experience. Audiences will arrive at Pulaski Park, and be welcomed to their first day, not as “students,” but as accomplices to youth in Chicago in their mission to change the face of education as we know it. During this 2 hour “orientation,” audience members will learn about the history of education in our city, while being invited to listen to the personal stories of the youth leading them. By the end of the play, the audience will find themselves dreaming of radical possibilities for Chicago at The Storyfront. 

Performances are Wednesday, June 1 and continue June 2, June 8, 9 13, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m..  Press Opening is Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.  All performances begin at Pulaski Park and end at The Storyfront.  Tickets may be purchased at For more information visit


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