Story Pirate and native Evanstonian Duke Doyle will return to help clients of Center for Independent Futures write and perform their stories. Mr. Doyle is the son of Jane Doyle, who, with Kay Branz, cofounded CIF. Photo courtesy of CIF

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Story Pirates has sailed back into the warm waters of Lake Michigan and will be appearing at SPACE in Evanston. Center for Independent Futures (CIF) will again host this nationally respected arts and creative writing organization based in New York City and Los Angeles.

Story Pirates is a nationally respected arts and creative writing organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people, to promote literacy as a vital part of early childhood education and to preserve the spark of youthful creativity often lost in the transition to adulthood.

Story Pirates does this by showcasing the words and ideas of young people with disabilities. The Pirates’ mission melds with the mission of CIF: to offer persons with disabilities the chance to live full, independent lives in the community of their choice. CIF now supports individuals in four Evanston residences, teaches independent living skills and provides person-centered planning and assessment tools.

The cornerstone of the company is the Play/Write Program, a series of creative writing and drama workshops that lead to a musical sketch comedy show acted by adults and comprised entirely of stories written by kids.

CIF clients will be featured in shows at noon and at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 25 at SPACE, 1225 Chicago Ave.