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Published on March 14, 2016

Chicago Actor with Disability Performs on Stage with High-Tech Device

by Janet Davies

CHICAGO (WLS) --Actor Michael Patrick Thornton is getting rave reviews for his role as Richard III at Steppenwolf Theatre, and a robotic breakthrough from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago helped make it all happen.

A 2003 spinal stroke changed Thornton's acting career forever, however, a device called an exoskeleton, is changing it again.

"I remember laying in a hospital bed here not being able to talk and so to kind of go from there to being onstage with my theater, The Gift at Steppenwolf," Thornton said. "It's been one hell of a trajectory."

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