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Mary Zimmerman Returns To Lookingglass To Stage Greek Spectacle Argonautika


You can experience the spectacular tale of Jason and the Argonauts at the Lookingglass Theatre as ensemble member and Tony Award winning director Mary Zimmerman returns to her home theater to direct her world premiere adaptation, Argonautika.
An older story and stranger than the Odyssey, Argonautika recounts the adventures of Jason and his crew aboard the ship Argo in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Set sail with Jason and the Argonauts, a Who's Who of Greek icons including the great warrior Heracles and the incomparable poet Orpheus. Danger lurks at every turn as the Argonauts encounter sea-monsters and water nymphs, wicked and savage kings, a city of women, and an army of warriors sprung from the earth.  The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite each offer celestial protection during the Argonauts' perilous journey. However, no danger proves as great as the overwhelming love of a teenaged witch named Medea.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Mary Zimmerman, one of the most celebrated directors of our time, back to her home theater," said Lookingglass Artistic Director David Catlin.  "Mary has an incredible gift for taking old stories, finding their immediacy in the present, and making them accessible in today's world.  With her sweeping vision for this epic tale, an incredibly talented cast of fourteen, innovative use of puppets, sound and costuming, a wall-to-wall set design that evokes the hull of a ship, and full deployment of Lookingglass' signature physical style, Argonautika surely ranks as one of our most ambitious productions ever."
Mary Zimmerman is a Lookingglass ensemble member, and has worked with the company since soon after its inception nearly two decades ago.   She adapted and directed its memorable productions The Odyssey, The Secret in the Wings, Arabian Nights, S/M, Metamorphoses, and the Lookingglass/About Face collaboration Eleven Rooms of Proust.  Zimmerman is also part of the Goodman Theatre artistic team where she adapted and directed The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Journey to the West, Mirror of the Invisible World, Galileo Galilei, and a re-creation of The Odyssey, as well as directing All's Well That Ends Well, Seneca's Trojan Women and the recent Pericles.  She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the 2002 Tony Award for her direction of Metamorphoses on Broadway, and the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Collectively, her various Chicago productions have received more than 20 Joseph Jefferson Awards.   She lives in Evanston and is a professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Lookingglass Theatre Company is located inside the historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson, on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Previews of Argonautika are October 18-27:  Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 3 pm.  Regular performances continue through December 23:  Tuesday at 6:30 pm; Wednesday at 7 pm; Thursday at 6:30 pm; Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 3 and 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm.  For tickets and information, call  (312) 337-0665, or visit

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