Lookingglass Theatre Company announces 2013/14 Season

Apr 9, 2013
Lookingglass Theatre Chicago

Lookingglass Theatre proudly announces its 2013-2014 Season, opening with the World Premiere adaptation of Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, written & directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. The season continues with The Little Prince directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved children's book by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. Jessica Thebus will direct the World Premiere of Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter's In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story to close out the Season.

Artistic Director Andrew White comments, "As our audiences know, every time they walk through our doors they encounter an entirely different landscape. The 2013-14 Season promises another year of journeys to unknown and unexpected places. Each of these three plays has two central characters who see their world from starkly different vantage points, and must together carve out new, undiscovered territory which they can inhabit together. Taken as a whole, this season will transport both artists and audiences across a vast expanse of time and space, and promises a year of discovery every step of the way."

The Lookingglass 26th season is:

The North China Lover
Adapted and Directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman
Based on the novel by Marguerite Duras
Previews September 25 - October 4, 2013
Opening Saturday, October 5, 2013
Runs October 6 - November 10, 2013

You never forget your first lover. The affair plays like a moving picture over and over in your mind: passionate, consuming, secret, taboo.

Fade in: the seamy French Quarter of Southern Indochina in the 1930s where the 14-year-old impoverished schoolgirl who will someday be French novelist Marguerite Duras is about to meet and captivate a wealthy 27-year-old Chinese aristocrat.

With the older Duras as our guide, The North China Lover transports us on a provocative and haunting journey of awakening and sacrifice, revealing the delicate and indelible effect of life on art.

The Little Prince
Directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin
By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Previews December 4 - December 13, 2013
Opening Saturday, December 14, 2013
Runs December 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014

Stuck, thirsty and alone. A pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert meets an enigmatic, charismatic young prince fallen from the sky who regales him with tales of life among the stars: tales with earthly importance.

In this visually arresting, fully immersive theatrical interpretation of the beloved French novella, director David Catlin (creator of Lookingglass Alice) illustrates the story with fantastic characters and gravity-defying, awe-inspiring physical feats.

The Little Prince speaks - in breathtaking splendor -to the castaway in all of us: challenging our perspective, opening our eyes and bringing us back to the heart of what truly matters.

In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story
Written by Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter
Directed by Jessica Thebus
Previews April 16 - 25, 2014
Opening Saturday, April 26, 2013
Runs April 27 - June 15, 2014

Long before The Origin of Species will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgewood and they forever change each other. In the space between science and faith, they find an unexpected and unlikely romance.

In the Garden chronicles the struggle of two fiercely independent individuals, divided by ideology but united by a fire that fuels a passionate lifelong debate: evolution vs. salvation. Only by embracing this duality can they possibly navigate the struggles, triumphs, losses and discoveries that await.

Aubscriptions are on sale for the 2013-2014 Season. Performances will be held at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.

Current subscribers who renew before May 1 may do so for the reduced rate of $97-$167. Subscriptions for the 2013-14 Season are $103-$177 for three plays.

Subscription benefits include access to the best seats in the house, pre-sale opportunities and savings before single tickets go on sale to the general public, special perks at more than a dozen exclusive of restaurant partners, unlimited ticket exchanges, discounted parking at the nearby John Hancock Center and Olympia Centre Garage (161 E. Chicago Ave.), reduced tuition for Lookingglass' renowned classes and summer camps, and courtesy performance date reminders. For season subscription and ticket information, call the Lookingglass Theatre box office at (312) 337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.