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"Moby Dick," adapted by David Catlin from Herman Melville, at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Lookingglass Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The season features three world premiere works written and directed by Lookingglass ensemble members.

CHICAGO: Lookingglass Theatre Company has announced their 2018-19 season, featuring three world premiere plays created by Lookingglass ensemble members.

“This season features two of our most prolific and well-loved auteur directos, Mary Zimmerman and David Catlin,” said artistic director Heidi Stillman in a statement. Together with our new executive director Rachel L. Fink, we are looking forward to starting our next 30 years with a dynamic lineup of Lookingglass originals.”

The season will open with The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime (Nov. 18-Jan. 13, 2019), a world premiere conceived and directed by Mary Zimmerman and adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. This adventure of a little tin soldier will utilize Zimmerman’s blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians.

Next up will be the world premiere of Act(s) of God (Feb. 13-April 7, 2019) by Kareem Bandealy. The play shows a family gathering for an overdue dinner when a mysterious envelope arrives. As they scramble to welcome an unexpected visitor, absurdity reigns as this nuclear family sees long-held certainties crumble. Heidi Stillman will direct.

The season will conclude with the world premiere of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (May 8-Aug. 4, 2019), written and directed by David Catlin. Based on the book by Mary Shelley, Catlin’s play is a visceral, original retelling of the classic gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create and destroy life.

Founded in 1988, Lookingglass Theatre Company produces new and cutting edge work, presented by its ensemble members.

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