Moored on the Chicago River between Clark St and LaSalle, The Eastland begins boarding and thousands of Western Electric employees and their families climb the ramp, excited for their annual company outing. Overflowing with passengers about to depart, the boat leans port – and doesn’t lean back. Within minutes, cries fill the air, families are torn apart and unexpected heroes emerge to rescue dozens of Chicagoans from a watery end.
Artistic Director Andrew White (Of One Blood, 1984) resurrects the ghosts of America’s forgotten tragedy in this Lookingglass Original musical, with music by Artistic Associate Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman, the team behind the score of Lookingglass Alice, 1984, Metamorphoses, Hard Times, and The Secret in the Wings, as well as the acclaimed Winesburg, Ohio. Directed by Amanda Dehnert (Peter Pan: A Play).
Inspired in part by Jay Bonansinga’s The Sinking of the Eastland: America’s Forgotten Tragedy
Eastland is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
Featuring Ensemble Members Lawrence E. DiStasi, Christine Mary Dunford, and Doug Hara; with Jeanne T. Arrigo, Derek Hasenstab, Erik Hellman, Malcolm Ruhl, Michael Barrow Smith, Scott Stangland, Tiffany Topol, Claire Wellin, and Monica West.
Production Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust
Production Sponsor: Arts Works
Production Sponsor: United
Opening Night Sponsor: Il Mulino