ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar
Latest Sensational Production of
Slated For Spring 2022
Here at ChiIL Mama, we've caught every Lookingglass Theatre Company production for decades and their signature show, Lookingglass Alice remains a top family favorite of ours. My children grew up adoring Lookingglass Alice in her many iterations. I don't doubt that seeing world class, circus/theatre stage magic like this inspired both my son and daughter to take circus arts classes, perform in years of Actors Gymnasium teen shows, and develop a lifelong love affair with the theatre. My son's now a junior at Northwestern majoring in Theatre Arts, like so many of the Lookingglass movers and shakers did before him. Alice has been off the Lookingglass stage since 2014, and we just can't wait to see what astounding adventures lay in store this time around!
Lookingglass Theatre Company is thrilled to announce new dates for the return of the “breathtaking” (The New York Times) production of Lookingglass Alice. Performances for the circus-infused spectacle, beloved by critics and audiences alike, will now run April 30-July 31, 2022. Tickets for the quintessential, “extraordinary...endlessly inventive” (Variety) Lookingglass favorite are on sale now.
Lookingglass Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, is adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin. “We eagerly await the return of the joyful and thrilling Lookingglass Alice,” says Artistic Director Heidi Stillman. “This show is brimming with imagination, feats of daring, wit, whimsy, and a whole lot of heart. Coming out of the past couple of years we have all had, the sheer joy of this experience will be a balm for the soul.”
Last produced at Lookingglass Theatre in 2014, Catlin is eager for audiences to see the show, either again or for the first time. “In a lot of traditional theaters, they’ll talk about a 'frozen' script, that it’s locked,” Catlin says. “To me… we get to keep working on it, we play, it’s a play. The world is changing. The play changes because the world changes."
Purchases can be made online at lookingglasstheatre.org. Group sales are available for groups of 10+ at lookingglasstheatre.org/groups.
Adapted and Directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin
From the works of Lewis Carroll
Produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium
April 30- July 31, 2022
Lookingglass Alice returns for a circus-infused trip down the rabbit hole and deep into your heart. The New York Times calls this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories “eye-catching entertainment,” the Chicago Tribune lauds it as “ingenious,” and The Chicago Sun-Times hails the production as “pure, unadulterated magic.”
This signature Lookingglass production, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin (The Little Prince, Moby Dick), has toured the country, enchanting audiences of all ages, painted each time with a fresh coat of magic. The awe-inspiring show comes back home to Lookingglass Theatre for a new generation to discover.
About the Writer/Director
David Catlin (he/him) (Writer and Director of Lookingglass Alice, Ensemble Member) is a founding Ensemble Member, actor, writer, director, and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass. David adapted and directed Moby Dick, which debuted at Lookingglass in summer 2015, toured nationally, and played again at Lookingglass in summer 2017. Other Lookingglass writing credits include Icarus, Her Name Was Danger, and The Idiot (Jeff Award for Adaptation). Most recently, he directed Mr. Dickens’ Hat at Northlight Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s original, for Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Additional Lookingglass directing credits include: The Little Prince, Black Diamond (co-director), Metamorphosis, and West. Lookingglass acting credits include Hard Times, The Arabian Nights, Our Town, Argonautika, La Luna Muda, The Odyssey, and The Jungle. David is an Artistic Associate with The Actors Gymnasium and serves on the acting faculty at Northwestern University.
Lookingglass Alice Performance Schedule
April 30 – May 10
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
May 12 – July 31
Thursdays 1:30pm* & 7pm
Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm
Sundays 2pm & 7:30pm
*Tuesday Evening and Thursday Matinee performances alternate. Please see the performance calendar on the website for full calendar and details.
Thank You to Our Season Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Thank You to Our Lookingglass Alice Sponsors
Production Sponsor: Northern Trust
Production Support: Steve and Lorrayne Weiss
Become A Scene Maker
Every moment of the creative process is crucial to the final production. And every donation from you, our community, is key to building a thriving arts scene. From inside the storycastle, Lookingglass is looking forward. Forward to telling new stories. Forward to including new audiences. Forward to breaking all conventions of institutional Theatre. Starting now. Play a role in shaping a flourishing, arts-driven tomorrow.
Be a Scene Maker and support Lookingglass at lookingglasstheatre.org/scene-maker
About Health and Safety
The health and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff is a top priority. Lookingglass is part of a coalition of more than 70 performing arts venues across Chicagoland implementing unified COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances.
Lookingglass Theatre offers ground floor and balcony seats for all patrons who use a wheelchair or a scooter, or patrons who cannot walk stairs. Assistive listening devices are available at the patron's request.
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 34th 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, located in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works, has staged 70 world premieres, received 161 Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations, and produced work all across the United States. In 2016, Lookingglass received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and in 2017, was the recipient of the League of Chicago Theatres’ Artistic Achievement Award.
Lookingglass continues to expand its artistic, financial, and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Heidi Stillman, Executive Director Rachel L. Fink, a 29-member artistic ensemble, 22 artistic associates, an administrative staff, and a dedicated board of directors led by Chair Diane Whatton.
For more information, visit lookingglasstheatre.org/plays-events.
Engage with us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. #LookingglassTheatre
About The Actors Gymnasium
The Actors Gymnasium is one of the nation’s premier circus and performing arts training centers. Founded in 1995, Actors Gym is dedicated to expanding human and theatrical potential through the circus arts by pushing the limits of physical, emotional, and creative expression. It is committed to minimizing barriers to circus arts and operating from an anti-racist perspective to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all its programs.
The Gym provides educational programs for students of all ages and levels, produces original and daring circus-theatre, and offers award-winning entertainment for corporate and other special events.
Actors Gym is proud to partner with many performing arts organizations throughout Chicagoland and serves as the exclusive provider of circus performing arts training for Lookingglass Theatre.
At The Actors Gymnasium, people learn to fly – physically, emotionally, and creatively.