Schwimmer, Slotnick, Stillman, Catlin Will Populate Lookingglass' Our Town in Chicago
Company members mentioned in this article: David Catlin, David Schwimmer, David Kersnar, Laura Eason, Heidi Stillman, Joey Slotnick, Tracy Walsh, Christine Mary Dunford, Thomas J Cox, Andy White, Raymond Fox, Kevin Douglas and Louise Lamson
by Kenneth Jones
Casting has been announced for the Lookingglass Theatre Company's 2009 production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, co-directed by 2008 Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, with previously announced David Schwimmer as George Gibbs.
The Chicago production will run Feb. 11-April 5, 2009, at Lookingglass Theatre Company's home inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works.
Schwimmer, long associated with Lookingglass, starred as Ross on TV's "Friends" and appeared in the recent Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Lookingglass leaders are jumping into the act: Artistic director David Catlin will play Dr. Gibbs, and artistic director of new works Heidi Stillman will play Mrs. Gibbs. Joey Slotnick, whose face is known from film and TV, will play the Stage Manager.
Our Town will also feature Lookingglass Ensemble Members Thomas J. Cox (Ensemble), Christine Mary Dunford (Mrs. Webb), Laura Eason (Emily Webb), Raymond Fox (Ensemble), David Kersnar (Simon Stimson), Tracy Walsh (Ensemble), and Andrew White (Mr. Webb), and Artistic Associates Kevin Douglas (Ensemble) and Louise Lamson (Rebecca Gibbs).
According to production notes, "The citizens of Grover's Corners share the ultimate tale of community in this American classic. The Lookingglass Ensemble will infuse the play with a singular chemistry you won't see anywhere else. In the hands of these renowned artists, Thornton Wilder's masterpiece will be disarmingly beautiful, utterly compelling and painfully funny."
Shapiro is an Ensemble Member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She won the 2008 Tony Award for her direction of August: Osage County. Thebus is an Artistic Associate at Steppenwolf.
For tickets and more information visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org or call (312) 337-0665.