Due to popular demand, Lookingglass Theatre Company announced the second extension of its critically-acclaimed hit, the world premiere of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein now runs through September 1, 2019 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
Audiences are raving about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, calling it “stellar” and “profoundly moving.” Praising the cast as “outstanding” and the staging as “a feast for the eyes,” Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is “pure Lookingglass at its best.”
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life—and destroy it—awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein. Fresh from the brain of Ensemble Member David Catlin, creator of Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice, comes a galvanic adaptation of this undying story. See for yourself this latest invention come to shocking life!
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is recommended for ages 12+.
“I’m fascinated by the blur between Mary Shelley’s story of creation, rejection, and destruction and her own life of love, loss, and abandonment. How does the human heart survive desolation and misery?” notes director David Catlin. “We’re collaborating with the Actors Gymnasium to bring Frankenstein’s haunting ghosts high into the air above and have five extraordinary actors digging deep to animate this story that continues to unsettle us two hundred years after it was written.”
The cast includes Artistic Associate Walter Briggs (Percy Bysshe Shelley), with Debo Balogun (Dr. John Polidori), Cordelia Dewdney (Mary Shelley), Keith D. Gallagher (Lord Byron), and Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel (Claire Clairmont).
The creative team includes Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling (scenic design), Sully Ratke(costume design), William C. Kirkham (lighting design), Artistic Associate Rick Sims (sound design/composition), Artistic Associate Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (circus design), Rigability Inc (rigging design), Amanda Herrmann (properties design), Linda Gates (dialect coach), and Mary Hungerford (stage manager).
Following the run in Chicago, Lookingglass will bring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey for a three-week run in the fall. Lookingglass has previously partnered with McCarter to present its groundbreaking production of Lookingglass Alice to Princeton audiences.
About the Artists
DAVID CATLIN (Writer/Director/Lookingglass Ensemble Member)’s Lookingglass writing and directing credits include: Moby Dick, Lookingglass Alice, and Icarus. Other directing credits include: The Little Prince, Black Diamond (co-direction with J Nicole Brooks) and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. David will direct Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ) in the fall. Additional regional directing credits include: Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa), Arena Stage (DC), Arden Theatre Company (Philadelphia), New Victory Theater (NYC), Syracuse Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Getty Villa (LA). He appeared onstage in last season’s Hard Times. David is an artistic associate with Actors Gymnasium and serves on the acting faculty at Northwestern University.
DEBO BALOGUN (Dr. John Polidori) makes his Lookingglass debut. Chicago credits: Red Rex, Zurich (Steep Theatre Company); You Can't Take It With You, Fair Maid of the West (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Mary's Wedding (First Folio Theatre); Moon Man Walk (Definition Theatre Company); and Bobby Pin Girls (Nothing Without a Company). Debo is an Artistic Associate with Oak Park Festival Theatre and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
WALTER BRIGGS (Percy Bysshe Shelley/Lookingglass Artistic Associate) has previously appeared with the company in Act(s) of God, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, Moby Dick, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and The North China Lover. Chicago credits include: Sucker Punch (Victory Gardens Theater), Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience/Steppenwolf Theatre Company), All Our Tragic (The Hypocrites), The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.), A Red Orchid Theater, and many more. Regionally, Walter has performed at A.R.T, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance Theatre, and The Getty Villa. TV/Film credits include: Chicago Med, Kappa Force, Jessica, I Don’t Care, A Good Person, Ballad, and Older Children. Walter is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
CORDELIA DEWDNEY (Mary Shelley) returns to the Lookingglass stage after performing as Louisa in last winter’s production of Hard Times. She previously appeared at Lookingglass as a Fate in the production Moby Dick and toured with the show to South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, and the Alliance Theatre, and has worked with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. TV/Film credits include Chicago Med. Hailing from Vermont, Cordelia was drawn to Chicago by the beautiful sea that is Lake Michigan and graduated from Northwestern University where she studied Theatre and English Literature.
KEITH D. GALLAGHER (Lord Byron) returns to Lookingglass after appearing in Beyond Caring in 2017. Chicago: Breach (Victory Gardens Theater); Mary Page Marlowe, Marie Antoinette, (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Gospel of Franklin, Man In Love (Steppenwolf First Look); Awake and Sing, Lieutenant of Inishmore (Northlight Theatre); Shining City (Goodman Theatre); Arcadia (Court Theatre); The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Tracks (TUTA Theatre Chicago). Regional: Macbeth (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), A Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theatre Center), The Gospel According to James (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). TV: Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Empire. Film: Orders.
CRUZ GONZALEZ-CADEL (Claire Clairmont) makes her Lookingglass debut. Previous Chicago credits include: the critically acclaimed Lela & Co. (Steep Theatre), which earned her a Jeff Award for Performance in a Principal Role–Play, The Abuelas, La Havana Madrid, and i put the fear of mexico in 'em (Teatro Vista), Electra (Court Theatre), You on the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), The Compass(Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Grown Up (Shattered Globe Theatre), and The Life and Death of Madam Barker (Red Tape Theatre). TV/Film credits include: Chicago Med (NBC), TheChi(Showtime), Empire (Fox), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cruz received her degree in acting from the Universidad del Salvador. Cruz is an ensemble member at Teatro Vista and is represented by the wonderful people at Stewart Talent.
Subscriptions are on sale for the 2019-2020 season, with three shows created by Lookingglass Ensemble Members. The season begins with the new holiday tradition The Steadfast Tin Soldier, written and directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. The World Premiere of Her Honor Jane Byrne, written and directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks, takes a look back at Chicago’s first woman Mayor and how times are different—and exactly the same. Concluding the 2019-2020 season is the return of the signature Lookingglass production Lookingglass Alice, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the works of Lewis Carroll, and produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium.
Performances will be held at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
Subscribers can choose between a 3-play subscription, 2-play subscription, or two flex pass options: the Gglasspass, or for those under 35, the Madhatter’s Club. 3-play subscriptions range from $116–$170, and 2-play subscriptions range from $77–$113. 2-play subscriptions include Her Honor Jane Byrne and Lookingglass Alice.
The Gglasspass is a flex pass available to all ages. For $150, Gglasspass holders receive 3 tickets that can be used in any combination and denomination for any Lookingglass production in the 2019-2020 season.
The Madhatter’s Club flex pass is available to those 35 or younger. The Madhatter’s Club pass is 3 tickets for $75 OR 4 tickets for $100, and members can use tickets in any combination and denomination for any Lookingglass production in the 2019-2020 season, including Theatre Night Out events.
Lookingglass also offers a 3-play subscription for Accessible performances for $75, and a 2-play subscription for $50 during the 2019-2020 season. Patrons can choose between the Touch Tour/Audio Described performances or the Open Captioned performances.
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 restaurant partners, unlimited ticket exchanges, discounted parking at 875 N Michigan, Water Tower Place, and Olympia Centre Garage, reduced tuition for Lookingglass’ renowned classes and summer camps, and access to exclusive subscriber-only events. For season subscription and ticket information, call the Lookingglass Theatre box office at (312) 337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.
FACT SHEET / Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Title: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Written and Directed by: Ensemble Member David Catlin
From the Book by: Mary Shelley
Featuring: Artistic Associate Walter Briggs (Percy Bysshe Shelley), with Debo Balogun (Dr. John Polidori), Cordelia Dewdney (Mary Shelley), Keith D. Gallagher (Lord Byron), Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel (Claire Clairmont).
Creative Team: Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling (scenic design), Sully Ratke (costume design), William C. Kirkham (lighting design), Artistic Associate Rick Sims (sound design/composition), Artistic Associate Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (circus design), Rigability Inc. (rigging design), Amanda Herrmann (properties design), Linda Gates (dialect coach), and Mary Hungerford (stage manager).
Dates: Regular run: May 8 – August 4, 2019
Extension: Through September 1, 2019
Times: Tuesdays: 7:30 p.m. (July 30, Aug. 13 only)
Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. (Aug. 8 only); 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 2:00 p.m.
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
Prices: Regular Run is $45 - $86
Student tickets are available the day of the show for $20 with a valid student ID. Based on availability.
Groups of 8 or more patrons save up to 20%. Call 773-477-9257 X 125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box Office: Buy online at www.lookingglasstheatre.org or by phone at (312) 337-0665
The Lookingglass box office is located at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.
Tour Information: McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, New Jersey. October 15–November 3, 2019
About Lookingglass Theatre Company
Inventive. Collaborative. Transformative. Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students. Now in its 31st Season, Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. The Company, located in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works, has staged 68 world premieres, received 151 Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations, and produced work all across the United States. In 2016, Lookingglass received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and in 2017, was the recipient of the League of Chicago Theatres’ Artistic Achievement Award.
Lookingglass continues to expand its artistic, financial, and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Heidi Stillman, Executive Director Rachel L. Fink, Producing Director Philip R. Smith, Director of Community Engagement Andrew White, General Manager Michele Anderson, a 24-member artistic ensemble, 23 artistic associates, an administrative staff, and a dedicated board of directors led by Chair Nancy Timmers and President Richard Chapman. For more information, visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.
Year of Chicago Theatre
Lookingglass is proud to be part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, presented by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Learn more at www.chicagoplays.com/year-of-chicago-theatre/.
McCarter Theatre Center
Located in Princeton, NJ, McCarter last collaborated with Catlin & Lookingglass on Lookingglass Alice. Led by Artistic Director and award-winning Playwright Emily Mann, and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, McCarter’s mission is to create world-class theater and present the finest performing artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment of the community. www.mccarter.org.