Although our theatre is dark, our imaginations are alive and our desire to share art with you is as strong as ever. If you are able, please consider making a gift to support Lookingglass today. Your donation will have an immediate impact on our ability to produce the new Chicago Stories series, foster a virtual creative home for our artists, continue offering youth programming, and so much more. Thank you for your generosity!

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HER HONOR JANE BYRNE AUDIO PLAY

Lookingglass Theatre Company is excited to announce the Her Honor Jane Byrne audio play, written and directed by Lookingglass Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks, is now available to listen to on demand!

The world premiere audio collaboration aired on WBEZ in November and December to wide acclaim and is now available to listen to on the Lookingglass website for one month only (through May 18, 2021). Free to listen, donations encouraged.

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THE SECRET PASSAGE DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP

Turn up at the (virtual) Lookingglass house, flash your pass at the front, and enter…The Secret Passage. TSP is a digital series that reveals a corridor of hidden doors. And behind each door lives an exclusive peek into our process. From mind-expanding artist conversations to first-ever play workshops to archival audio recordings of our former glories to discounts on public Lookingglass events, the perks of the pass will cast you as a true “insider” and a key player in preserving our future.

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LOOKINGGLASS SWAG IS HERE

You love us. We know it. We love you. Let’s show it. And to that end: the Lookingglass Online Shop is now live! Featuring one-of-a-kind Lookingglass Signature branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and more. Treat yourself, or spread the story of our special love to friends, family, neighbors – to all our people. Explore the offerings and support Lookingglass today!

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CHICAGO STORIES

Diverse. Vibrant. Teeming with stories. This is Chicago. Okay?

Lookingglass Theatre has called Big Shoulders home for over three decades. And as life is a process of perpetual self-discovery, we’re making this moment in the company’s life to find out who we are now. The Chicago Stories initiative will feature COVID-considerate events/expressions that plumb the depth of Chicago’s history and people, while inventing new Chicago traditions to carry us forward…together. 

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THE LOOKING FORWARD CAMPAIGN: JOIN US IN SUSTAINING ART NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE

You are the key to sustaining our Company.

The arts are critical at a time like this, and will be even more so when we emerge from this crisis. As a non-profit theatre, Lookingglass relies on your donations –now more than ever– to support our staff and artists, prepare for future seasons, and serve virtual audiences, students, teachers, and the entire community.

We’re still committed to doing our part. But we cannot do it alone.

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KEEP CURIOUS WITH US WHILE AT HOME

We’ll be releasing some digital delights via email and social media which we hope will keep Lookingglass close to your heart, until we can gather again in our story castle. Join us as we journey down the digital rabbit hole together…

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We at Lookingglass believe that Black Lives Matter and stand with Black, Brown, Indigenous and other marginalized communities exploited by hatred, police brutality, and injustice.

We believe that our work and our lives are infinitely more complex, rewarding, illuminating, and nearer to truth when we have a wider variety of human experiences in our room, at our table, and on our stage.

We commit ourselves to the following Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion guidelines, which have been developed by a task force of representatives from our Board, Associates Board, Staff and Ensemble.

READ OUR FULL ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT

Past Events

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THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER STREAM
Gather the family together to experience Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a little tin soldier who never gives up, Chicago’s beloved holiday tradition will stream in your home this December 1-27!
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HER HONOR JANE BYRNE AUDIO PLAY
Lookingglass Theatre Company is thrilled to announce an audio collaboration with WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, of Her Honor Jane Byrne, written and directed by Lookingglass Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks. The audio collaboration is based on the play which premiered on the Lookingglass stage in March 2020 just five days before the Theatre had to close due to COVID-19. Chicago is “The City That Works”—but does it work for everybody? It’s 1981, the city’s simmering pot of neglected problems boils over, and Chicago’s first woman mayor is moving into Cabrini-Green. Is this just a P.R. stunt, or will it bring the City together? For the next three weeks, residents, activists, media, the “Machine,” and the Mayor herself will collide as the City’s raw truths are exposed. Tune in to find out who will come out on top in this bold new work.
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EASTLAND: AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL WATCH PARTY
As our next offering in the Chicago Stories initiative, Lookingglass invites audiences to revisit a largely unknown piece of history that unfolded in the heart of the city. On the evening of Thursday, August 20 at 5PM CT, you’re invited to a free online public fundraiser of our acclaimed production of Eastland: An Original Musical in support of Lookingglass Theatre Company. After the show, join creative team members Andrew White, Ben Sussman, and Andre Pluess for a post-show conversation. Since Eastland premiered on our stage in 2012, our audiences have consistently expressed their desire to see this cathartic show again. We are honored to revive, for 24 hours only, this original musical about Chicagoans facing an historic challenge with tenacity, bravery, and hope.
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SUNSET 1919
A spoken word piece performed and penned by Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks. A musical selection from composer and cornetist Ben LaMar Gay. A choreographed movement piece featuring artist Adeoye. Directed by Artistic Associate Wendy Mateo and Lorena Diaz.

2021 gglassquerade unGALA

A one-of-a-kind experience brought to you by a one-in-a-million theatre company…and you don’t even have to be there in person! It’s the 2021 gglassquerade unGALA, a virtual event in support of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Stay home, stay safe, stay cozy, and all the while, sustain America’s most innovative ensemble-based theatre.

We’ll bring the ritz right into your residence as Ensemble (not) hosts Anthony Fleming III and David Schwimmer tour you through an evening of our former majesties and future feats of imagination. Featuring (dis)appearances by Lookingglass Ensemble Members Kareem Bandealy, J. Nicole Brooks, Kasey Foster, and Heidi Stillman, and along with (no) surprise celebrity visits (by no means the unparalleled Stephen Colbert), the unGALA promises to make presence out of absence the way only Lookingglass can. 

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LOOKINGGLASS BRINGS STORIES TO LIFE... AND LIFE TO STORIES.

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