Interview with Circus/Physical Performer JEAN CLAUDIO

Circus/Physical Performer JEAN CLAUDIO on bringing Don Freeman’s classic teddy bear Corduroy from page to stage in Emerald City Theater’s critically acclaimed production. Jean also talks about the vibrant arts scene in his native Puerto Rico and becoming a faculty member at the Actors Gymnasium. CORDUROY plays at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse Theatre (175 E Chestnut) for a limited engagement through January 5, 2020.Visit for tickets and more information.

JEAN CLAUDIO (Corduroy) is an ice cream, coffee, and hat lover, and sometimes a circus and physical performer. He was born in Puerto Rico, trained in Argentina, and lives and works in Chicago. He has worked with companies like Barrel of Monkeys, Actors Gymnasium, Opera-Matic, CircEsteem, and Theater Oobleck among others. Clowning has been his main core but also acrobatics, diabolo, handstands, and silly dances.


Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of CORDUROY plays Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse Theatre (175 E Chestnut) for a limited engagement to January 5, 2020

In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. After the lights are dimmed and the doors locked, the department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy. It’s up to Corduroy to outsmart the Night Watchman as he waits for his new pal Lisa to return with her mother. Along with exciting scenes of clowning and mischief, the story teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional love. Tailored for young imaginations, this playful adventure will delight ages three and up!

The play CORDUROY was adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser and is based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman. Jamal Howard, the Artistic Associate Director at Emerald City Theatre will direct the production. CORDUROY is produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences. The show is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.


Emerald City Theatre (ECT) is Chicago’s largest theater for young audiences, reaching children 0 – 15-years-old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and community engagement. Serving an average of over 60,000 children and their grown-ups annually, the company has created over 100 productions in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Downtown Chicago.

ECT also builds skills in children through its yearly camps, classes, and residencies – the largest theater arts education program in Chicago, serving over 64,000 students to date and an average of 200 schools annually.

ECT’s signature community engagement program, One Fund supports increased literacy among Chicago’s children by providing a free play and free companion book to low-resourced Chicago Public Schools students. In 2018, ECT provided 95,000 free books to CPS students in Kindergarten – 3rd grade as part of a partnership with Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House book series.

ECT’s lead supporters include ECT’s lead supporters include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, KPMG, Illinois Arts Council, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


Individual tickets for CORDUROY are available by calling the Broadway In Chicago Ticketline at (800) 775-2000 or by visiting Tickets are available for groups 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing

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