David Schwimmer, star of television's popular "Friends," is planning to adapt and direct Studs Terkel's book "Race" for the actor's Chicago-based theatre group, the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Lookingglass hopes to stage a few workshops in summer 2000, the theatre's director of artistic development, Tom Park, told Playbill On-Line. A production may happen next season, depending of Schwimmer's schedule.
Park said that Schwimmer may also act in the piece.
Legendary Chicago-based journalist and author Terkel has written several books, almost all of them oral histories in which Terkel interviews dozens of subjects about one overriding topic. "Race" concerns the public's attitudes toward racial identity. Among his other works are "The Good War" and "Working." The latter was made into a musical by Stephen Schwartz.
Schwimmer began his career as an actor in Chicago, where he helped form Lookingglass after graduating from Northwestern University. He has since devoted much of his time and energy to television and film, but occasionally returns to the theatre. This past summer, he appeared in Warren Leight's new play The Glimmer Brothers (since retitled Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Aside from spawning Schwimmer, Lookingglass is best known for being the first artistic home of experimental director Mary Zimmerman. The troupe's latest production is Her Name Was Danger by David Catlin, which runs at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company through Jan. 2, 2000. --By Robert Simonson