Lookingglass Season Will Include World Premiere of Moby Dick Plus Will Eno's Title and Deed and More

By Carey Purcell
26 Mar 2014

The Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company announced its 27th season, which will include the world premiere-production of David Catlin's adaptation of Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick," as well as the midwest premiere of Will Eno's Title and Deed.



The season will open with Lucas Hnath's Death Tax, directed by Heidi Stillman, artistic director of new work, followed by the return of Lookingglass Alice, adapted and directed by David Catlin in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Title and Deed and Moby Dick will be presented in 2015. 

"Lookingglass' 2014-2015 Season will offer that rare combination of epic adventure and intimate intensity that is our signature and that our audiences have come to love," artistic director Andrew White said in a statement. "With David Catlin's world-premiere adaptation of Moby Dick, we continue Lookingglass' long history of bringing the world's great literature to bold, visceral life with the kind of physical ensemble-theater punch that has become a trademark of both Catlin and Lookingglass. Death Tax and Title and Deed feature two of America's most incisive and insightful playwrights-on-the-rise: Lucas Hnath's Death Tax is a taut and wickedly sharp ensemble piece about the intersection of America's two inevitables, death and taxes; and with Will Eno's gorgeous and lyrical Title & Deed we have the good fortune to bring together the award-winning playwright's electric, fireworks show of language and Chicago's own Michael Patrick Thornton in a one-man tour de force. And after an almost five year absence, Lewis Carroll's Alice will once again journey through the Lookingglass into a world of peril, discovery and wonder in one of the Company's signature pieces, Lookingglass Alice."

The season-at-a-glance follows:

The Chicago Premiere of
Death Tax
Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by ensemble member Heidi Stillman
Featuring ensemble members J. Nicole Brooks and Raymond Fox, artistic associate Louise Lamson and Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan
Begins Sept. 2
Opens Sept. 12

"How much would you pay to stay alive? As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to 'nudge' her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of America's two inevitables. Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative."

Lookingglass Alice
Adapted and directed by ensemble member David Catlin
From the works of Lewis Carroll
Produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium
Begins Nov. 12

Opens Nov. 22
"Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories."

The Midwest Premiere of
Title and Deed
Written by Will Eno
Directed by Lookingglass literary manager and company dramaturg Marti Lyons
Featuring Michael Patrick Thornton
Begins March 18, 2015
Opens March 28

"A spirited traveler lives, laughs and poses soul-baring questions in this compelling new travelogue. One man's journey reminds us of our own in this gorgeous, lyrical celebration of life, language, endless (if empty) hope, and our perennial search for home."

The World Premiere of
Moby Dick
Adapted and directed by ensemble member David Catlin
From the book by Herman Melville
Produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium
Begins June 10
Opens June 20

"Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookinglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will."

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