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News Mary Zimmerman Goes Back to Sea Today with New Treasure Island Mary Zimmerman, the bold Chicago-based director who once filled a Broadway stage with a giant pool for an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (and won a Tony Award for it), is going back to sea Oct. 17 with a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate classic, Treasure Island.

The new adaptation, from the director of The Arabian Nights, Eleven Rooms of Proust and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, opens the 2015-16 season at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, where she is an ensemble member. The production runs through the holiday season.

The cast consists entirely of Lookingglass ensemble members: Jim Babbo as Jim Hawkins, Lawrence E. DiStasi as Long John Silver, Philip R. Smith as Captain Smollett, with Andrew White, Matt DeCaro, Travis Delgado, Christopher Donahue, Kasey Foster, Greg Hirte, Anthony Irons, Steve Pickering, Ariel Shafir, L.J. Slavin, and Mathew Yee.

Treasure Island tells the story of young Jim Hawkins, who is swept up with Long John Silver and his pirate band as they head out to find buried treasure on a distant island. Press notes describe it thus: "Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper’s son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates. Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling rogues, as Treasure Island explodes like a cannon ball onto the stage regaling thrill-seekers of all ages with a story both epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Arabian Nights) returns to Lookingglass helm this glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novel."

The production premieres at the Water Tower Water Works theatre in Chicago. In spring 2016 it will move to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, which is a co-producer.

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