Lookingglass and Chef Rick Bayless Will Whip Up a Reinvention of Dinner Theatre in Cascabel in 2012

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An event aimed at foodies and theatre lovers is being cooked up at Lookingglas Theatre for spring 2012. Chicago celebrity chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill is teaming with the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass and Silverguy Entertainment to present Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner – Daring – Desire.

Expect "an unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story." The "extremely limited engagement" is created by Bayless, artistic associate and founder of Silverguy Entertainment Tony Hernandez (Hephaestus, Lookingglass Alice) and Lookingglass ensemble member Heidi Stillman (Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times).

Performances will play March 23-April 22, 2012.

A cascabel is a small, round chili pepper. Bayless' specialty is Mexican food, as evidenced in his appearance on TV's "Top Chef Masters."

Here's more from the producers: "Delicious, sumptuous, magical cuisine is served nightly at La Cascabel, a boarding house at the end of a dusty road in 1940s Mexico. But the house chef is in love with a woman with no appetite. Will he find a way to her heart despite a bumbling maitre d', an acrobatic gardener and a tightrope-walking sous-chef? Rick Bayless in Cascabel is sensory dining unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. A feast of vibrant flavors from Rick Bayless' famous Frontera Grill collide with heart-stopping circus acts and a charming love story, all inside Lookingglass' intimate theatre inside the historic Water Tower Pumping Station in the heart of the Magnificent Mile."

Lookingglass artistic director Andrew White said in a statement, "From our very first conversations together, it became instantly clear that Rick and Lookingglass are interested in exploring the same thing: the live, communal experience, how we humans share food together and share stories together. So putting all these elements in the same room…is going to make for an incredibly exciting fusion of flavor, flying, and fantasy. Bringing these great Chicago artists to our home on Michigan Avenue also makes for the perfect complement to our Chicago-centric season." The show is not part of the official Lookingglass subscription season.

"When I saw Lookingglass' Hephaestus, which was created by Tony Hernandez and Heidi Stillman and featured Tony, I was in awe of the talent, theatricality and storytelling," Bayless said in a statement. "After I tweeted about the show, Tony responded and a friendship was formed. Through Cascabel, we will be combining the art of cooking and the theatricality of the kitchen with the beautiful and inventive work by Silverguy and Lookingglass for an unprecedented, theatrical and daring feast."

Tickets are available for 2011-2012 Lookingglass subscribers beginning Sept. 27. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale to the public on Oct. 18.

Season subscriptions and tickets to Rick Bayless in Cascabel are available online, www.lookingglasstheatre.org; by phone, (312) 337-0665; or at the Lookingglass Theatre box office, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.

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