Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure

Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure

It’s 1908 and Chicago’s Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple – and complicated – as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the “big time?”

Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American culture and show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.

Know Before you GO

Learn more about Chicago in 1908 and the world of Thaddeus and Slocum.


For this production, our designers have recreated a Vaudeville theater, complete with a “cabaret pit” surrounding the stage. Patrons in these seats will be part of the show, seated in wooden chairs with actors constantly moving around them. For our under 35 crowd, these seats are just $20. Please bring your I.D. when picking up your tickets for proof of age. 

Click Buy Tickets, choose your date, and then select Cabaret Pit.


Select partial view seats are available for each show. Call the box office at 312.337.0665 for details. 

Audience engagement


Panel Discussions take place directly following the 2PM matinee on select days at Lookingglass Theatre. Reflect panel discussions are free and open to the public. Seating is subject to availability.



Accessible performances

Audio Description/Touch Tour
Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:30PM

Each main stage production features one performance with audio description. This service allows patrons with vision loss to hear a verbal description of the design elements, actor movements, and other elements not conveyed through sound.

Open Captioning
Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:30PM

At captioned performances, text is displayed in line-of-sight on an electronic LED board showing what the actors are saying and other sound effects on stage.



Written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas
Co-Directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

Molly Brennan (Abby/Sarah)
Adam Wesley Brown (Rufus/Johnny)
Lawrence DiStasi* (Frank)
Raymond Fox* (Gerry)
Sharriese Hamilton (Nellie)
Tosin Morohunfola (Zeke)
Christina Nieves (Isabella beginning 7/20)
Monica Raymund (Isabella through 7/17)
Samuel Taylor (Slocum)
Travis Turner (Thaddeus)


Collette Pollard (Scenic Designer)
Samantha Jones (Costume Designer)
Christine A. Binder* (Lighting Designer)
Josh Horvath (Sound Designer)
Rick Sims* (Composer)
Katie Spelman (Choreographer)
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi* (Circus Choreographer)
Ryan Bourque (Fight Choreographer)
Sarah Burnham (Properties Designer)

*Lookingglass Theatre Company Ensemble Member, Artistic Associate, or Production Affiliate.



Runs June 1 – August 14, 2016

Venue Water Tower Water Works

Run Time 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

Content Advisory  Thaddeus and Slocum contains adult language and mature themes relating to the racial inequalities in 1908 Chicago. Recommended for ages 13 and up with parental discretion.

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Groups of 10 or more save up to 20%. Email or call 773.477.9257 x125 for details.

Production Sponsors


United Airlines

Leading Producers Circle Members

Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime

Producers Circle Members

Paul and De Gray
Abbie Roth and Sandra Gladstone Roth

Opening Night Sponsor

Park Hyatt Chicago OTW 9-17-09