KEEPING CURIOUS

KEEPING CURIOUS

Curiosity is a driving impulse behind our work, and during this challenging time, Lookingglass is committed to continuing to create art that captures imaginations. Thank you for your ongoing support and belief in the work of Lookingglass.

We have some digital delights planned, which we hope will keep Lookingglass close to your heart, until we can gather again in our storycastle. Explore the below content, as we hope to engage and inspire you during this time. Please join us as we journey down the digital rabbit hole together…

WORKSHOP: MOVEMENT + COLOR EXPLORATION WITH LOUISE

Watch as Ensemble Member Louise Lamson presents a workshop that explores feelings through color, movement, and music. This workshop is best suited for students Pre-K- Grade 5.

Louise is a Lookingglass Ensemble Member and Teaching Artist with Lookingglass Theatre. Past Lookingglass credits include Plantation!Hard Times, and Death Tax.

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THE INFINITE ROOM EPISODE 6

In Episode 5, Lookingglass Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Director/Playwright Alexander Zeldin talked about how experiences in the theatre can impact us, as individuals and as a community. Powerful theatre experiences take place well beyond the four walls of a traditional theatre: they happen in classrooms, gyms, fieldhouses, the streets — any place people gather to hear a story, to witness an experience. And the impact of this kind of theatre can be every bit as profound. Since 2016, Lookingglass has been in partnership with the Chicago Worker’s Collaborative, bringing their workers to the theatre, and theatre artists to their neighborhoods. Hear how frontline workers use theatre to change their lives.

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CHICAGO ACTS TOGETHER

Lookingglass is proud to be amongst 88 local theatre companies who have rallied together to promote a NEW limited edition “Chicago Acts Together” t-shirt featuring the names of all participating theatres. 100% of the proceeds from sales will go to The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund, a League of Chicago Theatres initiative that directly assists theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19.

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LOOKINGGLASS MIXTAPE #2: HOW WE CLOWN

Hi. We made you a mixtape. Mixtape: a lo-fi, unpretentious, from-the-heart way of revealing facets of a personality. We’ll peruse our treasured YouTube archives together as we drop these mixtape collections.

Mixtape #2: How We Clown. Sometimes sharp. Sometimes sweet. Often goofy. Just a buncha clowns, clownin’ around.

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THE INFINITE ROOM EPISODE 5

Plays that grapple with the issues of our times – race, class, gender, civil and human rights, etc. – have been a rich strand of Lookingglass’ history. But can plays really make a difference in this increasingly complex world? Lookingglass Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Director/Playwright Alexander Zeldin talk about the plays they’ve created at Lookingglass and elsewhere, and why they believe theatre can change hearts, minds, and maybe even our world.

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WORKSHOP: CREATING CHARACTERS WITH EDMUND

Lookingglass Teaching Artist Edmund O’Brien as he instructs students how to create characters on the spot based on suggestions such as an emotion, an activity, or a location. This workshop is best suited for students grades 3-8.

Edmund is a Teaching Artist with Lookingglass Theatre, The Second City, Northlight Theatre and Kidprov Chicago, which he founded with his wife Dana.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: THOMAS J. COX

Step Through the Lookingglass to view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home. This series aims to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season.

Ensemble Member Thomas J. Cox graces us with his at home version of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 44.

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THE INFINITE ROOM EPISODE 4

Design is a part of the theatre experience anywhere but at Lookingglass, designers create a fully immersive, sensory event. Lookingglass is one of the few companies to have designers among its Ensemble, transforming the theatre every time you walk in and helping choose each season. A conversation about why design matters, with Ensemble members: Costume Designer Mara Blumenfeld; Scenic and Lighting Designer Daniel Ostling; and Sound Designer Andre Pluess.

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NEW ONLINE GGLASSCLASSES

Students (Kindergarten–Grade 12) are invited to create with Lookingglass Ensemble Members and Teaching Artists in our virtual story castle. Through the process of crafting original works of art, teachers will guide students as they work with their peers during class, while also inspiring offline creative work. Offerings include: Movement + Dance, Puppetry, Physical Theatre, Adaptation, Documentary Theatre, and Character Study.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: KAREEM BANDEALY

Step Through the Lookingglass to view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home. This series aims to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season.

Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy has something to say to you, in “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams.

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WORKSHOP: AUDITION ADVICE WITH PHILIP R. SMITH

Learn from Lookingglass Producing Director and Ensemble Member, Philip R. Smith, as he shares audition advice. He’ll share his best tips and tricks for how to prepare for your next big audition, specifically for middle and high school students. Philip R. Smith is also a Casting Director at Lookingglass where he has cast and produced over 70 plays! As an actor, he most recently appeared at Lookingglass as Dr. Astor in Life Sucks by Aaron Posner.

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WORKSHOP: PHYSICAL COMEDY WITH MICAH

Join Lookingglass Teaching Artist Micah Figueroa, as he engages youth in an introduction to basics of physical comedy- character walks, slips, trips, and falls! We’ll safely use our bodies to breakdown daring gags straight from the vaults of silent film! This workshop is best suited for Grades 4-8.

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THE INFINITE ROOM EPISODE 3

Mr. Rogers told us when things are hard to “look for the helpers.” The Chicago Help Initiative has been bringing people experiencing hunger and homelessness to every show at Lookingglass for three years running. Hear Founder Jacqueline Hayes, Arts & Culture Coordinator Susan Gold, and member of the Arts & Culture group John Riley talk about the bare necessities: food, shelter, and yes – theater.

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LOOKINGGLASS MIXTAPE #1: HOW WE MOVE

Hi. We made you a mixtape. Mixtape: a lo-fi, unpretentious, from-the-heart way of revealing facets of a personality. We’ll peruse our treasured YouTube archives together as we drop these mixtape collections.

Mixtape #1: How We Move: We dance. We fly. We fall. We rise. This is how we move through the worlds we make.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: PHIL SMITH, LOUISE LAMSON, AND FAMILY

Step Through the Lookingglass and view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home, aiming to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season. Ensemble Members Phil Smith and Louise Lamson, with their sons Wesley and Guthrie (and their dog, Ivy, too!), are here sharing “Ations” by Shel Silverstein.

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THE INFINITE ROOM EPISODE 2

Great stories from around the globe and across millennia have found their way to the Lookingglass stage, comprising almost half of the company’s world-premieres.  Hear Ensemble Members David Catlin and Mary Zimmerman talk about what stories draw them in, how they imagine and create them onstage, and why they think these stories, and our need to hear them, aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

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KASEY FOSTER'S HOUSE PARTY

Enjoy a half hour of music from the comfort of your home. Ensemble Member Kasey Foster hosts a house party on the Lookingglass Facebook Page. Put on your fancy shoes, pour a gglass half full, and relax into a virtual happy hour.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: WENDY MATEO

Step Through the Lookingglass and view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home, aiming to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season. Listen to Artistic Associate Wendy Mateo share “Tonight I Can Write” by Pablo Neruda.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: MATTHEW C. YEE

Step Through the Lookingglass and view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home, aiming to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season. Hear Lookingglass Artistic Associate Matthew C. Yee take us on a trip down memory lane, sharing “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle. Matthew is writing the book, music, and lyrics for Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon, which will be a part of Lookingglass’ upcoming season!

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WORKSHOP: MAKE BELIEVE WITH ALISA

Gather your youngsters and tune in to a “Make Believe” workshop with Lookingglass Teaching Artist Alisa Rosenthal. Engage in singing, moving, crafting, and overall silliness, best suited for kids Pre-K through 2nd grade. Join us every Tuesday Live on our Facebook for a new workshop on Lookingglass Live.

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WORKSHOP: YOGA WITH ADEOYE

Practice yoga with Adeoye as he provides an introduction to yoga for beginners. Adeoye’s workshop is suitable for students of all ages. Join us on Tuesdays at noon, live on our Facebook, for a new workshop on Lookingglass Live.

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THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS: SULLY RATKE

Step Through the Lookingglass and view timely poetry, stories, and songs our Ensemble and Artistic Associates have filmed at home, aiming to provide hope, meaning, and fulfillment in this season. Enjoy Artistic Associate Sully Ratke, sharing a beautiful reading of “Moon Language” by Hafez.

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THE INFINITE ROOM PODCAST

Welcome to The Infinite Room podcast. Each episode, Lookingglass artists will ask ourselves and others Big Questions—about art and theatre and the planet we live on; we’ll engage in frank conversation—sometimes serious, sometimes decidedly not—about the stories we tell, why and how we tell them, and how they intersect with our city, our country, and our world.

A playwright, an activist, and a non-profit leader walk into The Infinite Room and talk about the intersection of art and politics, and the way radical imagination can lead to real change. Lookingglass Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks, former Cabrini-Green resident and director of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign J.R. Fleming, and Lisa Yun Lee, Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum join Lookingglass Ensemble Member Andrew White on episode one of The Infinite Room podcast.

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