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 (on air and live online) on Thanksgiving Day from 11AM-1PM and Saturday, November 28 from 2-4PM on WBEZ 91.5.
From all of us at Lookingglass, thank you for making this radio play adaptation of Her Honor Jane Byrne possible. While our doors are closed we are only able to keep producing new works and serving our community because of the generosity of our donors and patrons. If you are able this holiday season, please consider making a gift to Lookingglass. Your donation of any size will help us continue the important work of bringing the arts to Chicago. Thank you for your support!
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from William Blair, the Bayless Family Foundation, Kathy Byrne, Mary and Lionel Go, the Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime Charitable Trust, and Nancia Shawver and Larry Weiner.
Thank you also to the sponsors who generously supported the premiere of Her Honor Jane Byrne on our stage last spring.
Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime
Leigh and Henry Bienen
Rachel E. Kraft and Douglas R. Brown
Lookingglass is an ensemble based company, with a dedicated group of artists composing its roster of Ensemble Members, Artistic Associates, and Teaching Artists.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov
An earlier version of Her Honor Jane Byrne was produced for the stage at Lookingglass Theatre Company, March 2020. Information about that production, along with the original creative team, can be found here.