Thursday, April 2, 2015

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES COMPLETE 2015-2016 SEASON

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we just can't get enough of Lookingglass Theatre's world class offerings. Their 28th season is no exception with an ambitious lineup that is sure to delight and enlighten! Treasure Island, directed by the inimitable Mary Zimmerman (another top favorite of ours) is sure to be a stellar all ages pick. We also can't wait to see the Lookingglass spin on Blood Wedding and Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure.


The company’s 28th season includes the World Premiere adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman; Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling; and the World Premiere of Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker.

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces its complete 2015-2016 season.  In addition to the previously-announced World Premiere adaptation of Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, co-produced with Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Lookingglass Season will include Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling; and the World Premiere of Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker. Subscriptions to Lookingglass’ 2015-2016 season are on sale now and may be purchased through the box office at (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

“We are thrilled not only to debut Mary Zimmerman’s next world premiere adventure, but also to herald Dan Ostling’s singular vision of Federico García Lorca’s seductive tale to the stage, and to introduce Kevin Douglas’ hilarious but provocative vaudeville play to Chicago,” comments Artistic Director Andrew White. “The characters in these plays place everything on the line without compromise. They risk it all in the name of adventure, wealth, passion, revenge, fame and infamy. I simply cannot wait to share these three captivating stories with our audiences.”

The Lookingglass 28th season is:
World Premiere
Treasure Island
Adapted and Directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman
From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Previews October 7 – 16, 2015
Opening Saturday, October 17, 2015
Regular Run October 18, 2015 – January 17, 2016


Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers the dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper’s son armed with only his wits into a desperate race for buried treasure against a dastardly throng of cutthroat pirates.


Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling rogues, as Treasure Island explodes like a cannon ball onto the stage regaling thrill-seekers with a story both epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing.

Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) returns to helm this glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novel




Blood Wedding
Written by Federico García Lorca
Translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata
Directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling
Previews March 2 – 11, 2016
Opening Saturday, March 12, 2015
Regular Run March 13 – April 24, 2016


When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal.

Lorca – one of Spain’s most revered and controversial dramatists – dared to pen a seductive tale of passion and vendetta in a rural Spanish community, one that speaks to any heart longing for true connection. Lookingglass celebrates Lorca’s revolutionary theatrical vision and this bold and timeless work in an immersive experience lush with music, movement, and poetic storytelling.




World Premiere
Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
Written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas
Directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker
Previews June 1 – 10, 2016
Opening Saturday, June 11, 2016
Regular Run June 12 – August 7, 2016


It’s 1908 and Chicago’s Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple – and complicated – as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the “big time?”

Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions are on sale for the 2015-2016 Season.  Performances will be held at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. 

Current subscribers who renew before April 15 may do so for the reduced rate of $110-$162.  Subscriptions for the 2015-16 Season are $116-$170 for three plays.

Subscription benefits include access to the best seats in the house, pre-sale opportunities and savings before single tickets go on sale to the general public, special perks at restaurant partners, unlimited ticket exchanges, discounted parking at the nearby John Hancock Center, Water Tower Place and Olympia Centre Garage, reduced tuition for Lookingglass’ renowned classes and summer camps, and access to exclusive subscriber-only events.  For season subscription and ticket information, call the Lookingglass Theatre box office at (312) 337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.

About Lookingglass Theatre Company
Inventive.  Collaborative.  Transformative.  Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students.  Now in its 27th season, Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. The Company has staged 62 world premieres, received 101 Joseph Jefferson awards and nominations, and work premiered at Lookingglass has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Princeton, Hartford, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and St. Louis.  Lookingglass original scripts have been produced across the United States.

The Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago's landmark Water Tower Water Works opened in June 2003.  In addition to developing and presenting ensemble work, Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, teamwork and confidence with thousands of community members each year.

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues to expand its artistic, financial and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Andrew White, Executive Director Rachel Kraft, Producing Artistic Director Philip R. Smith, Artistic Director of New Work Heidi Stillman, a 24-member artistic ensemble, 15 artistic associates, 11 production affiliates, an administrative staff and a dedicated board of directors led by Chairman Joe Brady of Jones Lang LaSalle and President John McGowan of CTC | myCFO (a part of BMO Financial Group). For more information, visit lookingglasstheatre.org.

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