David Schwimmer, Haiti and Icarus are all on Lookingglass season
by Chris Jones
A new play about Internet predators co-written and directed by ensemble member David Schwimmer; a riff on Jean Racineâ€™s â€śPhaedraâ€ťâ€”titled â€śFedra: Queen of Haitiâ€ťâ€”reset in Haiti; and a piece about Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun, make up the three shows in the Lookingglass Theatreâ€™s 2009-10 subscription season, officially announced by the theater Monday.
Slated for spring 2010, Schwimmerâ€™s â€śTrust,â€ť which is written with Â Andy Bellin,Â stems from the sitcom starâ€™s longtime involvement with groups warning of the ubiquitous problems of date rape and predators who first gain the confidence of their victims. Lookingglass managing director Rachel Kraft said the theater plans to partner with various social-service organizations to offer a full program of talk-back sessions and other engagement activities.
The first show of the season, "Fedra: Queen of Haiti," penned by J. Nicole Brooks, imagines what happens had the Haitian slave insurrection succeeded in changing the face of a nation.Â Brooks, an ensemble member at Lookingglass, also wrote â€śBlack Diamond,â€ť seen at Lookingglass in 2007.
Â According to Lookingglass artistic director David Catlin, â€śIcarusâ€ť will be a piece that homes in not so much on the folly of the young manâ€™s endeavor, but on Daedalus, the father who wants to help him succeed.
â€śAs parents,â€ť said Catlin, â€śI think we all worry about whether we are giving our children necessary tools that might also mean they can hurt themselves.â€ť
Assuming a planned tour comes together, Lookingglass also is hoping to offer a reprise engagement of â€śLookingglass Aliceâ€ť at its theater during the summer of 2010.