HARD TIMES

October 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Adapted and Directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman
From the Book by Charles Dickens
In Association with The Actors Gymnasium
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Lookingglass launches its 30th Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times.

A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind’s school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.

Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

Captivating in every sense of the word.

Chicago Sun-Times

A chance to escape to the circus.

Chicago Tribune

ARTISTS

Adapter/Director
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer, Composer
Circus Choreography
Properties Designer
Stage Manager
 

FEATURING

Rachael, Mrs. Gradgrind, Sherezade (beginning 12/19)
Sleary, Stephen
Mrs. Sparsit, Drunk Woman, Pufflerumpus
Bitzer, Le Papillon
Mr. Gradgrind, Sissy's Father, Slackbridge
Mr. Harthouse, Mr. M'Choakumchild, Kidderminster
Rachael, Mrs. Gradgrind, Sherezade (through 12/17)
Mr. Bounderby
 
 
 

LOOKINGGLASS ARTISTS

Lookingglass is an ensemble based company, with a dedicated group of artists composing its roster of Ensemble Members, Artistic Associates, and Teaching Artists.
ATRA ASDOU
Artistic Associate
BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE
Artistic Associate
MARA BLUMENFELD
Ensemble Member
DAVID CATLIN
Ensemble Member
RAYMOND FOX
Ensemble Member
SYLVIA HERNANDEZ-DISTASI
Artistic Associate
LOUISE LAMSON
Ensemble Member
DANIEL OSTLING
Ensemble Member
ANDRE PLUESS
Artistic Associate
HEIDI STILLMAN
Ensemble Member
TROY WEST
Artistic Associate
 
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VENUE

Water Tower Water Works
821 N Michigan Ave

RUN TIME

2 hours 45 minutes, including one intermission

AGE RECOMMENDATION

Ages 10+

ACCESSIBILITY

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    Open Captioning

    Thursday, December 14
    7:30PM

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    Audio Description/Touch Tour

    Thursday, December 7
    7:30PM | Touch Tour begins at 6PM

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SPONSORS

Production Sponsor
Producer’s Circle

Leigh and Henry Bienen

Abbie Helene Roth and Sandra Gladstone Roth

Opening Night Sponsor

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