Schwimmer, Stillman, Slotnick, Zimmerman, Shapiro Step Into Lookingglass Season

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Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago has announced casting for its 21st season, a slate that will boast participation from more than 20 ensemble members, including David Schwimmer, Joey Slotnick, Mary Zimmerman and more.
David Schwimmer
David Schwimmer

Schwimmer (of TV's "Friends" and Broadway's Caine Mutiny Court-Martial) will play George in Our Town, with Slotnick playing the Stage Manager.

The season will feature a world premiere adaptation, The Brothers Karamazov, Thornton Wilder's Our Town directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, and adaptor-director Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights.

Lookingglass Ensemble Members participating in the season are Eva Barr, Mara Blumenfeld, Thomas Cox, Christine Dunford, Laura Eason, Raymond Fox, Doug Hara, David Kersnar, John Musial, Dan Ostling, Schwimmer, Slotnick, Philip R. Smith, Heidi Stillman, Tracy Walsh, Andrew White, and Zimmerman, with artistic associates Louise Lamson, Chris Binder, Andre Pluess, Rick Sims, and Alison Siple and production affiliate Ray Nardelli.

Additional casting and company member involvement will be announced at a later date.

Subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2008-2009 season of Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Single tickets will go on sale in September 2008.

For season subscription and ticket information, call the Lookingglass Theater box office, (312) 337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.

Lookingglass Theatre Company's 2008-2009 Season

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman, a world premiere Lookingglass Original, Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Featuring ensemble members Eva Barr (Mrs. Kolklakov), Doug Hara (Alyosha) and Philip R. Smith (Ivan) and artistic associate Louise Lamson (Katerina). Designers include ensemble members Mara Blumenfeld (costumes) and Dan Ostling (set), artistic associates Chris Binder (lighting) and Rick Sims (sound) and production affiliate Ray Nardelli (sound). Other cast members include Maury Cooper, Chaon Cross, Larry Grimm, and Joe Sikora.

    "Russian patriarch Fyodor Karamazov is a one of literature's most lecherous, greedy and delightfully despicable fathers. When his eldest son discovers they are competing for the affections of the same woman, concealed tensions erupt into a storm of passion, deceit and betrayal." Director-adaptor Stillman created the popular Lookingglass adaptation of Dickens' Hard Times.

  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, Feb. 11-April 5, 2009. Featuring ensemble members Thomas J. Cox (Ensemble), Christine Dunford (Mrs. Webb), Laura Eason (Emily Webb), Raymond Fox (Ensemble), David Catlin (Dr. Gibbs), David Kersnar (Simon Stimson), David Schwimmer (George Gibbs), Joey Slotnick (Stage Manager), Heidi Stillman (Mrs. Gibbs), Tracy Walsh (Ensemble), and Andrew White (Mr. Webb) and artistic associate Louise Lamson (Rebecca Gibbs). Designers include ensemble member John Musial (set) with Kevin O'Donnell (music).

    "The citizens of Grover's Corners share the ultimate tale of community in this American classic, directed by 2008 Tony Award-nominated Steppenwolf Ensemble Member Anna D. Shapiro and Steppenwolf Artistic Associate Jessica Thebus. The Lookingglass Ensemble will infuse the play with a singular chemistry you won't see anywhere else. In the hands of these renowned artists, Thornton Wilder's masterpiece will be disarmingly beautiful, utterly compelling and painfully funny."

  • The Arabian Nights adapted and directed by ensemble member Mary Zimmerman, a Lookingglass Original, May 20-July 12, 2009. Designers include ensemble members Dan Ostling (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes) and artistic associates Andre Pluess (sound design) and Alison Siple (costumes). Casting TBA. "Tony Award-winning Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman returns to the Water Tower Water Works following the successful run and three-city tour of Argonautika, with her Lookingglass Original adaptation of one of the world's most enduring works of literature. When he discovers his wife in the arms of another man, King Sharayar vows to ruthlessly murder every virgin in the kingdom. His brutality is interrupted only when he encounters the clever maiden Scheherezade, whose captivating stories may just save her life. This boldly re-imagined visual feast celebrates the redemptive power of story telling."

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