Dive even deeper into the world of the play with the Lookingglass REFLECT Series! This specially-curated series of post-show conversations and panels offers audiences an opportunity to think, hear, and talk about the performance they just experienced. Come hear in-the-field experts offer their insights on the show’s themes and leading artists give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Lookingglass creative process.
REFLECT post-show discussions are free and open to the public, and take place directly following the 2PM matinee on select Sundays at Lookingglass Theatre.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
The Creator and The Creature
When most people hear the name Frankenstein, they think of the monster rather than the doctor who stitched together organs and flesh into an animate being. But which of the two is more monstrous? With whom, if either, do your sympathies lie? Is the creator responsible for the acts of their creation?
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
The Monstrous Feminine
Mary Wollstonecraft was only 18 years old when she wrote the novel she later called her “hideous progeny.” Yet she’d already learned both the expectations of, and limitations on, the women of her era. How much of the novel reflects her relationship with her lover, the severe parameters for her gender, and the challenges to her own body?
SUNDAY, JULY 14
A Gothic Gathering
Presented in partnership with The Poetry Foundation
When Lord Byron, Percy Byshhe Shelley, Dr. John Polidori, and Mary Wollstonecraft gathered in a chateau to spin “ghost stories,” no one could have known we’d still be haunted two hundred years later. How did this critical mass of poetic minds come together? How did their work influence each other and shake the literary world, and what is their legacy?
SUNDAY, JULY 21
The Perpetual Double-edged Sword
Frankenstein was one of the first modern novels to ask whether scientific exploration is our ally or our enemy. Yet every advance in technology—bio-engineering, genetic modification, cloning, etc.—poses new ethical questions. Should there be limits on experimentation? Do the inventor’s intentions matter? How do we balance our insatiable appetite for “what’s next” with not knowing what it will bring?
SUNDAY, JULY 28
The Creatures and Their Creators
This year, four Chicago theaters brought some version of Mary Shelley’s monster to their audiences. Join us for a conversation with the lead artists as they reflect back on what they saw on each other’s stages, what they learned over the course of their own journey, and their fantasies and nightmares about the looming future.