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Published on March 09, 2016

Disabled Chicago Actor Will Be First To Use Robotic Exoskeleton On Stage

by Mina Bloom

LINCOLN PARK — For the first time ever, an actor using a robotic exoskeleton — an apparatus that helps wheelchair users walk — will perform on a Chicago stage, bringing much-needed awareness to the relatively new technology that has potential to help disabled people across the world, advocates say.

Michael Patrick Thornton, who has appeared on ABC's "Private Practice," uses the exoskeleton in his role as Richard in the Shakespearean play "Richard III," a Gift Theatre Company Production that debuts Thursday at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted St.

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