Turn up at the (virtual) Lookingglass house, flash your pass at the front, and enter…The Secret Passage. TSP is a digital series that reveals a corridor of hidden doors. And behind each door lives an exclusive peek into our process. From mind-expanding artist conversations to first-ever play workshops to archival audio recordings of our former glories to discounts on classes and public Lookingglass events, the perks of the pass will cast you as a true “insider” and a key player in preserving our future.
Keep engaged with Lookingglass during this season by signing up for The Secret Passage digital membership, and we’ll populate your inbox once a month with a few surprises including enthralling stories, virtual delights, exclusive artist engagement opportunities.
Explore some of what will be discovered as you enter The Secret Passage…
The Hidden Door Artist Conversation Series
An artist conversation series featuring exclusive to you conversations with Ensemble Members David Schwimmer, Kevin Douglas, Mary Zimmerman, Mellon Playwright in Residence J.Nicole Brooks, Anthony Fleming, Kareem Bandealy, and David Catlin among others.
Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon Sneak Peek
Artistic Associate Matthew C. Yee’s new play takes his characters, and us, on a side-winding road-trip through an America we’ve never seen before, with original songs as road signs and highway markers. Come grab a seat and buckle up for a sneak peek as this brand-new play makes its way towards its next destination.
The Jungle Radio Play
Ensemble Member David Schwimmer’s adaptation and direction of Upton Sinclair’s American classic ignited Lookingglass’s lift-off as part of “the bold breed” of new Chicago theatre-makers. Recorded in 1992 in a co-production with L.A. Theatre Works, and featuring 11 Ensemble Members, this radio adaptation strikes deep at the eternal American myths about immigrants, labor, and who can come out ahead…or even alive.
The Master and Margarita Radio Play
Ensemble Members David Catlin and Heidi Stillman brought Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, subversive novel to wild, rollicking life onstage, and this radio adaptation is no less boisterous and outlandish. Traversing time from ancient Jerusalem to 1930’s Moscow, the whirlwind novel brings Satan and his retinue to Stalin’s Russia, as two lovers reach across time in an effort for eternal connection. Featuring many ensemble members including David Schwimmer, Phil Smith, Joy Gregory, and our beloved friend and Steppenwolf ensemble member Mariann Mayberry.
The Scarlet Letter Radio Play
Ensemble Member Thomas J. Cox’s adaptation of this classic American tale of sin, Puritanical obsession, and a woman fiercely determined to make her own choices resonates in ways author Nathaniel Hawthorne could not have foreseen…or maybe he did. The Lookingglass Ensemble tears into this (apparently) timeless contest of wills.
With Artistic Associates Matt Yee and Sully Ratke, and a special appearance by Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy.
House Party Concert
With Ensemble Member Kasey Foster and partner Charlie Otto!
Join Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks for a behind-the-scenes look into the process of adapting Her Honor Jane Byrne into a radio play that will air on WBEZ this fall! This vlog will allow you to experience the creative process alongside artists and get a glimpse into what it takes to produce a radio play from start to airdate.
50 Wards: A Civic Mosaic, is an ambitious project our Ensemble Members are conceptualizing, which we plan to be able to share with you in the dark winter months ahead. TSP members will be invited to dive into the making of these artistic impulses.
Keep engaged with Lookingglass during this season by signing up for The Secret Passage digital membership, and we’ll populate your inbox once a month with enthralling stories, virtual delights, exclusive artist engagement opportunities.