About this Show
A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan explores how a caring teacher helped guide a blind and deaf girl into a career as an internationally acclaimed writer and political activist. Thodos Dance Chicago, a dynamic contemporary dance company praised for its athleticism and distinctive choreographic voice, interprets this inspiring American story through movement and music.
These student-focused performances include selections from A Light in the Dark, demonstrations, and interactive student participation to help young children better understand disability issues and how Helen Keller rose to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians. Learn more about Connections performances.
For guests attending any performance of A Light in the Dark who are blind or have low vision, we will offer a guided tour of the production at 9am on Saturday, October 22. This touch-tour allows for a deeper connection and understanding of the performance. Children and adults alike are allowed to touch portions of the scenery, props, and costumes while also meeting the cast and listening to them describe their characters and appearance. Sign up for the touch tour on October 22 at 9am for A Light in the Dark.
We will offer audio description of the 11am show on October 22, following the touch tour. This performance will also be ASL interpreted and open captioned.
At 11am on October 23, we will offer a sensory friendly performance which will also be open captioned. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.
Both performances on Sunday, October 23 will be open captioned. Show times are 11am and 2pm.
For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, contact Access & Red Kite Administrator Alex Mauney – firstname.lastname@example.org
What Critics are Saying
“Chicago Children’s Theatre shows that speech isn’t the only language to tell a story” – Chicago Reader
“Magnificently adapted, directed and choreographed, this production is an impressive, emotionally-charged, compassionate condensation of the original play and film. The young cast features an array of excellently trained dancers who tell Gibson’s story through graceful, modern movement and facial expression.” – Chicago Theatre Review
“The dancing is lilting and infectious, glossed with a warm evocation of the past, an old fashioned storytelling art not often seen in choreography today.” – Chicago Tribune
“The larger-than-life gestural language of the choreography weaves a tale with an almost mythic tone that gives us new insight into Helen Keller’s world.” – Dance Magazine
“A powerful portrait of the meaning of communication, movement, independence, freedom and love.” – Chicago Sun Times
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Box Office: 872-222-9555
Box Office Phone Hours:
9 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday-Friday
Due to construction on the lot next door to the Ruth Page Center, parking can currently be found at the following locations:
-Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, around the corner from the venue
-LAZ Parking, next to the Hotel Indigo (1250 N. Dearborn Street), just north of Division Street
-On-street parking, metered at $4/hour, two-hour maximum