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May 2022

A hand-drawn poster for the show features an all black starry background in a cityscape. A train zooms from left to right through the poster past the FREE STREET logo and on a track made of the link "FREE-STREET-57-BLOCKS.EVENTBRITE.COM." Hovering above various black and white two story buildings, In giant mustard colored block letters the poster reads 57 BLOCKS. A billboard behind and to the left of the train shows white text on a black background that reads "Directed by Katrina Dion, Marilyn Carteno, and Sebastian Arboleda." On the same billboard in mustard colored text it reads, "Written and Performed by The Free Street Youth Ensemble." The bottom of the poster features a mustard colored bus and a sign on the side that shares the dates of the "Virtual Show June 11, 14, 18, 21 at 7pm CST, PAY WHAT YOU CAN." On the bottom of the poster in white font we expressed gratitude with our donor support statement: "Free Street Theater is a long standing artist-in-residence for the Chicago Park District and receives support from the Arts Work Fund, the Crossroads Fund, The Chicago Community Trust, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Field Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, MAPFund, After School Matters, the Network for Ensemble Theaters, The League of Chicago Theatres, and United Way."

57 Blocks

May 25 - June 18
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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During 57 Blocks, 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. Audience members will take a bus ride between our two locations. This is part of the performance, and the show will continue while inside the bus.

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