Lookingglass Theatre Company

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Lookingglass Theatre Company is a non-profit, ensemble-based theater company located in Chicago, Illinois. Their pieces tend to focus on the spectacular and the physical.

As of June 2011, Lookingglass has won 42 Joseph Jefferson Awards and was the recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

History[edit]

Lookingglass was founded in 1988 by David Catlin, David Schwimmer, Lawrence DiStasi, David Kersnar, Eva Barr, Joy Gregory, Andy White, and Thom Cox. Their first production Through the Lookingglass was directed by David Kersnar and took place at the Great Room in Jones Residential College on the Northwestern University campus in the fall of 1988.

They have since performed more than fifty world-premiere original works (their most recent being Sara Gmitter's In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story in 2014).

Facilities[edit]

The historic water pumping station building that houses the Lookingglass Theater Company

An itinerant theater company for years, Lookingglass finally moved into a permanent home on June 14, 2003—a brand-new theater in the newly renovated Water Tower Water Works on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Its first production in the new space was an adaptation of Studs Terkel's Race, adapted and directed by ensemble member David Schwimmer.

Morris Architects Planners designed the new space in the black-box style, meaning that the seating area may be completely rearranged for each production. The maximum capacity is 270 persons, counting those in the removable balcony. There is also a studio space located in the second floor of the facility for smaller events and productions.[1]

Productions[edit]

Current season[edit]

Past seasons[edit]

1988

  • Through the Looking Glass

1989–90

1990–91

1991–92

  • Eurydice
  • All Soul's Day
  • Lookingglass Lab: Slap My Bald Head and The Third Voyage

1992–93

1993–94

  • The Master and Margarita
  • Up Against It

1994–95

  • Dreaming Lucia
  • HereAfter

1995–96

  • The Naked King
  • S/M

1996–97

  • The Vanishing Twin
  • Eye Plus One: In the Eye of the Beholder Plus Lookingglass Works in Progress
  • 28: Pictures of Life in a High-Tech World

1997–98

1998–99

1999–2000

  • Her Name Was Danger
  • Eleven Rooms of Proust
  • Lookingglass Hamlet

2000–01

2001–02

  • They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story
  • La Luna Muda
  • Summertime

2002–03

  • Hard Times
  • Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession

2003–04

  • The Secret in the Wings
  • Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22
  • The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World

2004–05

  • 1984
  • Lookingglass Alice
  • Hillbilly Antigone

2005–06

  • Hephaestus
  • Manuscript Found in Saragossa
  • Sita Ram
  • The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Wants and Needs

2006–07

  • Clay
  • Argonautika
  • The Wooden Breeks
  • Black Diamond
  • Lookingglass Alice

2007–08

2008–09

2009–10

2010–11

2011–12

2012–13

  • Metamorphoses
  • Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
  • Still Alice
  • Big Lake Big City

2013–14

  • The North China Lover
  • The Little Prince
  • In the Garden

2014–15

  • Death Tax
  • Lookingglass Alice
  • Title and Deed

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Lookingglass Theatre web site

References[edit]

  1. ^ About the Water Tower Water Works