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57 Blocks

May 25 - June 23

Free
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."

“If we could create portals to new realities, what would we find?”

57 Blocks is an experimental, innovative play by Free Street Theater.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A SEAT ON THE BUS !

ABOUT THE SHOW:

57 Blocks is an immersive and interactive performance, that brings together Free Street’s two youth ensembles, and connects audiences to both of our spaces by way of a bus ride. 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.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. 

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A SEAT ON THE BUS JUNE 23RD! 

ACCESSIBILITY:This show is geared to support the needs of folks with sensory sensitivities. Audience members are offered an Access Packet, free individually packaged sensory tools: (sunglasses, earplugs, pop toys) and the option to wear a name tag. As part of the extension dates of this show, Free Street Theater will have a wheelchair accessible bus available to audience members on June 23rd. Email boxoffice@freestreet.org if you have any questions or inquiries about accessibility for this show.

View the ACCESSIBILITY PACKET here.

NOTE THAT TICKETS ARE RARE: THERE WILL ONLY BE ENOUGH SPACE FOR 12 AUDIENCE MEMBERS PER NIGHT. WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT, AND A WAITLIST WILL BE CREATED. IF YOU ACQUIRE A TICKET, BUT CAN NO LONGER ATTEND, PLEASE CONTACT BOX OFFICE AT boxoffice@freestreet.org SO THAT ANOTHER PERSON CAN ACQUIRE A TICKET.

This project is made possible by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the League of Chicago Theatres through grant funds provided by The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Joyce Foundation for the Year of Chicago Theatre.
Free Street Theater is a long standing artists-in-residence for the Chicago Park District and receives support from the Alexandra Shipley, 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, McGuireWoods LLP, the Network for Ensemble Theaters, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, The League of Chicago Theatres, and United Way.

Details

Start:
May 25
End:
June 23
Cost:
Free
Website:
57blocks.eventbrite.com

Organizer

Free Street
Phone:
7737727248
Email:
info@freestreet.org
Website:
www.freestreet.org

Venue

Free Street Theater
1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Phone:
7737727248
Website:
www.freestreet.org