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.
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 email@example.com 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.