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See yourself here, Chicago. In the Lookingglass.

A partnership with one of this city’s leading Black theatre companies. A homegrown holiday hearth-warmer. Two original CHI-made works each featuring unconventional central characters. A twirl around five extraordinary homespun districts (from Englewood to Edgewater to Avalon Park and more). And a transcendent summer sunset ritual that draws us all back waterside.

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Villette

A World Premiere

Written by Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter
Adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë
Directed by Ensemble Member Tracy Walsh

You’ve never met a heroine like Lucy Snowe. Suddenly bereft of family, friends, and funds, young Lucy journeys unaccompanied to France an unfamiliar land as a vain debutante, quarrelsome teacher, and mysterious ghost draw her into a complicated maze. Will tenacious Lucy, and her wry wit, emerge intact?

From the author of the captivating classic, Jane Eyre, comes this undiscovered gem, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, adapted by Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter (In the Garden) and directed by Ensemble Member Tracy Walsh (The Old Curiosity Shop).

February 8 – April 23, 2023
Lookingglass Theatre in Water Tower Water Works

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Lucy and Charlie‘s Honeymoon

A World Premiere Musical

Composed and Written by Artistic Associate Matthew C. Yee
Directed by Amanda Dehnert

Hooray! Lucy and Charlie just got hitched…and they’re embracing the worst of the American dream. They do what they want. Take what they want. They’re First Generation Asian American Renegades. In love. And on the run.

Featuring original country western and folk songs, directed by Amanda Dehnert (Peter Pan (A Play), Eastland), Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon tracks a young couple as they rev it down quintessentially American highways and across stereotypic borders, fleeing expectation and trawling up trouble along the way.

Fresh from his Broadway debut in Almost Famous The Musical, Artistic Associate Matthew C. Yee’s world premiere musical romp gives a nod to America’s past, takes tally of its present, and blows its future wide open.

May 24 – August 13, 2023
Lookingglass Theatre in Water Tower Water Works

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Upcoming Events


Sunset 1919

A Community Ritual

Curated & Coordinated by Artistic Producer: Culturalist and Strategy Designer Arkey Adams, Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy, and Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks

By establishing an artistic ritual featuring music, movement, and word, Lookingglass Theatre commemorates the start of the 1919 Chicago race riots, incited by the tragic murder of Eugene Williams, a Black teenager stoned to death after drifting into a “whites only” section of Lake Michigan. Sunset 1919 is meant to peacefully honor the lives of Black humans impacted by the deadly racial attacks that swept the nation that summer, the roots of which stretch back across centuries, and the fruits of which we continue to pluck – a moment in an unbroken line.

Thursday, July 27 2023 at 7PM
Eugene Williams Memorial Marker
125 Fort Dearborn Drive
Chicago, 60616

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