Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussions


Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production.  These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

REFLECT post-show panel discussions take place directly following the 2PM matinee at Lookingglass Theatre. The discussions are free and open to the public.


Moby Dick REFLECT Schedule:



Escape, Exploration and Encounter: Is Moby Dick THE American novel?

Melville biographer Michael Shelden, author of Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby Dick, discusses what the epic novel reveals about the American character. Shelden’s biography of George Orwell was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.



Adventures in Adaptation:  Staging the Impossible

How does one tame an enormous whale of a novel? How much is done on the page, how much is done on the stage? A conversation with Moby Dick’s adaptor and director David Catlin and other guests.




Extremity and Endurance: Survival on the Open Sea

The crew of the Pequod is in for a long, rough ride even before they encounter a certain white whale. Join seasoned sailor Steve Draska and others for a conversation about the hard and harsh realities of sun, sea, salt water, and the hunt for whale oil.


Mermaids, Myths, and Maritime Monsters:  What Lies Beneath the Surface?

What creatures lurked in the murky ocean depths, haunting the dreams and nightmares of unknowing sailors? Northwestern University’s Tracy Davis and the Raven Foundation’s Andrew McKenna discuss.