Podcast with CHEF RICK BAYLESS and Lookingglass Theatre’s HEIDI STILLMAN

Podcast with Chef Rick Bayless and Lookingglass Theatre’s Heidi Stillman from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

CASCABEL_WEB_LGT_720x300C_2013_14_3Celebrity Chef RICK BAYLESS and Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Member/Director HEIDI STILLMAN discuss the upcoming return of their hit play CASCABEL which is billed as an elemental fusion of gourmet dining, thrilling circus spectacle, and a hilarious and joyous evening of theater. The culinary and theatrical experience of the year runs at the Goodman Theatre’s Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, for four weeks only, July 30 –August 24, 2014. For more information and box office hours, visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment present the return of RickBayless in Cascabel: Dinner – Daring – Desire, the unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Baylessthat had Chicago audiences spellbound when it premiered in spring 2011. The extremely limited engagement is co-created by Rick Bayless, Artistic Associate and founder of Silverguy Entertainment Tony Hernandez(Hephaestus, Lookingglass Alice), and Lookingglass Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman (Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times). The culinary and theatrical experience of the year runs at the Goodman Theatre’s Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, for four weeks only, July 30 –August 24, 2014. 

Mangiameli, Bayless - HLast year this one-of-a-kind experience played to sold out houses and had the Chicago Tribune exclaiming, “there’s nothing even remotely like it in Chicago!”  Now the unforgettable theatrical adventure is back for a limited engagement with new menu elements at a new venue. Cascabel is sensory dining unlike anything you’ve ever experienced: it’s a sumptuous gourmet Mexican feast, world-class circus acts, exhilarating flamenco, hilarious comedy and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless.

Tickets are available for 2013-2014 Lookingglass subscribers. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale to the public on November 19, 2013.

Lookingglass Artistic Director Andy White comments, “Cascabel really redefined what an evening at the theater could be.  This is an elemental fusion of gourmet dining, thrilling circus spectacle, and a hilarious and joyous evening of theater.  The 2012 production caught fire and sold out immediately, and we have little doubt that this production at the Goodman will be even more enthralling, breathtaking, and delicious.”

rick-bayless-cascabelRick Bayless adds, “We had such a great time during the first production of Cascabel, a show that brings together a passion for dining, theatrical storytelling and circus.  These complementary elements will continue to give audiences an experience like never before.  I look forward to further collaboration with Lookingglass and Silverguy Entertainment as we share this thrilling experience—maybe even with a few new surprises. 

The Presenting Sponsors of Cascabel are Hillshire Brands and Jon Harris.  In-Kind Sponsors of Cascabelinclude Badoit, Evian, Herraduna and Negra Modelo.

Season subscriptions and tickets to Rick Bayless in Cascabel are available online,www.lookingglasstheatre.org; by phone, (312) 337-0665; or at the Lookingglass Theatre box office, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Lookingglass subscribers will have early access for purchasing tickets for Rick Bayless in Cascabel before they go on sale to the general public on November 19, 2013.  For more information and box office hours, visitwww.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays.  The lobby opens at 7:00pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and at 5:00pm on Sundays. Tickets for preview performances (July 30 – August 1) start at $200. Regular run tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are $250, and premium seating tickets are $300. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the regular tickets are $300 and premium seating tickets are $350. Each ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a three course dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Prices will go up, based on demand, when they are released to the public for sale.

Information on wine pairings, food allergies and dietary restrictions is available at lookingglasstheatre.org/cascabel.

Three-play Subscriptions

Subscriptions, starting at $103, are on sale for the 2013-2014 season and include The North China Lover, The Little Prince and In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story. All subscription shows will be performed at Lookingglass at the Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Rick Bayless in Cascabel is a separate ticket, which subscribers have the first chance to purchase.  Cascabel performances will be held at Goodman Theatre’s Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn.

About Rick Bayless

Most people know Rick from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. His Public Television Series,Mexico–One Plate at a Time is broadcast coast to coast. His restaurants include Frontera Grill (winner of The James Beard Foundation’s highest award, Outstanding Restaurant, in 2007), The 4-star Toplobampo, LEED GOLD-certified XOCO, as well as quick-service restaurants at O’Hare Airport, Macy’s stores and Northwestern University. Rick has won six James Beard Awards: Midwest Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Who’s Who of American Food and Drink, plus two for his cookbooks.

About Lookingglass Theatre Company

Lookingglass Theatre Company is the recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. The company is home to a multi-disciplined collective of artists who create original, story-centered theatre through a physical and improvisational rehearsal process centered on ensemble. Now in its 26th Season, the company has staged more than sixty world premieres and garnered numerous awards. Lookingglass productions have toured to more than a dozen cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kansas City, Louisville, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Lookingglass is located in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works on the Magnificent Mile.

About Frontera Grill

Frontera Grill was named “Outstanding Restaurant” by the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards. Frontera Grill uses beautiful ingredients to bring to you the bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off the tongue just as it does in Mexico. Visit www.rickbayless.com to learn more.

About Silverguy Entertainment

Founded in 1998 by Tony Hernandez and Lijana Wallenda Hernandez, Silverguy is a live action theatrical circus company that consists of members of the world-famous Wallenda family and former members of Ringling Bros., Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group. Tony created Lookingglass’ smash hit circus odysseyHephaestus, in which he and Lijana (along with daredevil Nik Wallenda) participated in the death-defying, seven-person highwire pyramid.