CHICAGO: Lookingglass Theatre Company has announced its 2020-21 season, featuring three new plays.
“Throughout our history as a species, humans have gathered together to hear stories that transport us to another time and place, that make us laugh, cry, and gasp with wonder,” said artistic director Heidi Stillman in a statement. “Our 2020-21 season promises to carry this tradition forward as we present three incredible works from ensemble member Mary Zimmerman and artistic associates Sara Gmitter and Matthew C. Yee.”
The season will open with The Odyssey (Oct. 9-Jan. 10, 2021), written and directed by Mary Zimmerman. The play, based on the Robert Fitzgerald translation of Homer’s epic poem, was first produced at Lookingglass Theatre Company 30 years ago.
Next will be the world premiere of Villette (Feb. 5-April 25, 2021), by artistic associate Sara Gmitter. Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s novel, the play follows heroine Lucy Snow as she navigates a new country with determination and a dry sense of humor. Ensemble member Tracy Walsh will direct.
Following will be the world premiere of Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon (May 28-Aug. 8, 2021), with book, music, and lyrics by artistic associate Matthew C. Yee. The musical, filled with country western music and folk songs, is about a young couple who set out on a road trip to flee expectations and traditions. Amanda Dehnert will direct.
“In these challenging times, the team here at Lookingglass is focusing our creative energy on the future, and we are thrilled to announce this season,” said executive director Rachel Fink in a statement. “We are looking forward—this is an ideal season for our loyal Lookingglass patrons and to introduce our theatre to new audiences with plays by Lookingglass company members.”
Founded in 1988, Lookingglass Theatre Company produces new and cutting edge work, presented by its ensemble members.
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