HER HONOR JANE BYRNE

November 11 - December 19, 2021

Written and Directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks

Her Honor Jane Byrne is part of our 2021-22 Season! Become a gglasspass member to get tickets to all three productions in our season. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date. Please sign up for our email list here and we’ll keep you updated. 

Lookingglass Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks’ smoldering new play, Her Honor Jane Byrne, premiered onstage in March 2020 just five days before the theatre went dark due to COVID-19. We are thrilled this timely and brilliant play will now have its deserved run onstage.

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. Who will come out on top?

Her Honor Jane Byrne is the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.

“A screamingly necessary show, executed masterfully” - Rescripted

“A deeply moving portrait of systemic failure and human resilience.” -Chicago Tribune

“A well-argued, passionately delivered piece of Chicago history.” -New City

“A stunning world premiere.” - Chicago Reader

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.
J. NICOLE BROOKS
Director and Playwright
WENDY MATEO
Associate Director
CHRISTINE A. BINDER
Lighting Designer
 
 
 

VENUE

Water Tower Water Works
821 N Michigan Ave

RUN TIME

2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

AGE RECOMMENDATION

Ages 13+

Advisory: This production features explicit language, haze, strobe effects, loud sounds, depiction/images of violence, and depictions of gun violence.

For additional content warnings that may contain spoilers, please contact the Box Office at box@lookingglasstheatre.org.

BRING A GROUP!

Groups of 8 or more save up to 20%

Learn more about group discounts or send us an email to inquire.

SPONSORS

Production Sponsors

Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Lead Sponsors

Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime

Production Support

Leigh and Henry Bienen
Linda Karn
Rachel E. Kraft and Douglas R. Brown
Abbie Roth

Opening Night Sponsor
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