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. The world premiere radio play of Her Honor Jane Byrne will air on WBEZ 91.5 (on air and live online) on Thanksgiving Day from 11AM-1PM and Saturday, November 28 from 2-4PM.
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.
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.