LookingglassTheatre_BigLakeBigCityDue to popular demand, Lookingglass Theatre Company announces additional dates for the World Premiere production of Big Lake Big City, written by Keith Huff and directed by Ensemble Member David SchwimmerAs part of the company’s 25th Anniversary Season, the production will run for an additional two weeks, now through August 25, 2013, atvLookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.

Detective Bass can’t catch a break: his boss is a hard-ass, his partner’s a knucklehead, his wife’s a cheat and now he’s chasing a perp who has a screwdriver in his head. An eclectic set of shady characters – crooked coroners, a TV-personality doctor, a femme fatale, and one extraordinarily valuable sculpture – run roughshod through a hilarious maze of double-crosses and double-identities in this love letter to the underbelly of the Windy City. Don’t miss this gritty modern noir thriller from 2011 Writers Guild Award-winner Keith Huff directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer (TrustRaceThe Jungle).

The cast of Big Lake Big City includes Ensemble Members Thomas J. Cox(Divot and others), Anthony Fleming III (Moss and others) and Philip R. Smith(Bass);  Kareem Bandealy (Peter and others), Katherine Cunningham (Ally),Danny Goldring (Getz), Beth Lacke (Susan), Eddie Martinez (Stewart), J. Salome Martinez (Trent and others) and Wendy Mateo (Maria).

The creative team for Big Lake Big City includes Sibyl Wickersheimer (Scenic),Ana Kuzmanic (Costumes), Artistic Associate Christine A. Binder (Lighting),Artistic Associate Rick Sims (Sound/Composition), Maria DeFabo (Props). Narda E. Alcorn is the Production Stage Manager and Tess Golden is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Production Sponsors for Big Lake Big City are Richard A. Ditton and United Airlines.

Title:                Big Lake Big City

Written by:       Keith Huff

Directed by:      Ensemble Member David Schwimmer


Ensemble Member Thomas J. Cox (Divot and others)

Ensemble Member Anthony Fleming III (Moss and others)

Ensemble Member Philip R. Smith (Bass)

Kareem Bandealy (Peter and others)

Katherine Cunningham (Ally)

Danny Goldring (Getz)

Beth Lacke (Susan)

Eddie Martinez (Stewart)

J. Salome Martinez (Trent and others)

Wendy Mateo (Maria)

Dates:       now playing through August 25, 2013


Tuesdays:                        7:30 p.m. (July 16, 30 and August 13, 20 only)

Wednesdays:                7:30 p.m.

Thursdays:                   3:00 p.m. (July 25 and August 8 only) and 7:30 p.m.

Fridays:                        7:30 p.m.

Saturdays:              3:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.

Sundays:                      3:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.


Location:          Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.

Prices:             $36 – $70

 Target Saturday Matinees offer a limited number of buy one, get one free tickets which are available to all 3:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. This program is  made possible with the generous support of Target, working with Lookingglass to  make the arts accessible to all.

A limited number of student tickets are available the day of the show for $20 with valid student ID.

Groups of 10 or more patrons save up to 20%. Call the box office 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.

Lookingglass Theatre is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile shopping district inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Discounted parking is available for Lookingglass patrons at both the nearby John Hancock Center and Olympia Centre Self Park (161 E. Chicago Ave.).

Accessible performances

There will be a Touch Tour and Audio Described Performance of Big Lake Big City on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 3:00pm.

Free Sunday Panel Discussions

Sunday, July 21 at 5:00pm
BIG SHOULDERS: A Microcosm of America’s Second City

Chicago, like any big city, has its problems: at various times, it’s been known as a city of speakeasies and scandal, gangs and guns, and corrupt cops and criminals of all stripes.  What political and social forces have contributed to Chicago’s particular brand of sensationalistic headlines?   What forces, hidden or obvious, are at play and at work that help make Chicago an extra-special wonderland of intrigue?

Sunday, July 28 at 5:00pm
BIG CHOICES: Designing the Perfect Murder

The designers of Big Lake Big City were charged with creating a dangerous city within the friendly confines of an intimate black box theater.  What was the inspiration behind the many design elements of the show?  How did the conversations with playwright Keith Huff and Director David Schwimmer drive the designers’ decisions?

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.  2012-2013 marks the company’s 25th anniversary 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. Lookingglass has staged 60 world premieres at 23 venues across Chicago, and garnered 52 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations.

Work premiered at Lookingglass has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Princeton, Hartford, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and St. Louis.  Lookingglass original scripts have been produced across the United States.

The Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works opened in June 2003.  In addition to developing and presenting ensemble work, Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, teamwork and confidence with thousands of community members each year.

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues to expand its artistic, financial and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Andrew White, Executive Director Rachel Kraft, Producing Artistic Director Philip R. Smith, Artistic Director of New Work Heidi Stillman, a 24-member artistic ensemble, 13 artistic associates, 11 production affiliates, an administrative staff and a dedicated board of directors led by Chairman Richard Ditton of Incredible Technologies and President Joe Brady of Jones Lang LaSalle. For more information, visit lookingglasstheatre.org.