Eastland: An Original Musical
Written by Andy White
July 24, 1915
Moored on the Chicago River between Clark St and LaSalle, The Eastland begins boarding and thousands of Western Electric employees and their families climb the ramp, excited for their annual company outing. Overflowing with passengers about to depart, the boat leans port â€“ and doesnâ€™t lean back. Within minutes, cries fill the air, families are torn apart and unexpected heroes emerge to rescue dozens of Chicagoans from a watery end.
Artistic Director Andrew White (Of One Blood, 1984) resurrects the ghosts of Americaâ€™s forgotten tragedy in this Lookingglass Original musical, with music by Artistic Associate Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman, the team behind the score of Lookingglass Alice, 1984, Metamorphoses, Hard Times, and The Secret in the Wings, as well as the acclaimed Winesburg, Ohio. Directed by Amanda Dehnert (Peter Pan: A Play).
Inspired in part by Jay Bonansinga's The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy
Eastland is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. More information>
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Venue: Water Tower Water Works
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