Lookingglass invites audiences to revisit a largely unknown piece of history that unfolded in the heart of the city!
On the evening of Thursday, August 20 at 7pm CT, you’re invited to a free online public fundraiser of our acclaimed production of Eastland: An Original Musical in support of Lookingglass Theatre Company. After the show, join creative team members Andrew White and Andre Pluess for a post-show conversation. Since Eastland premiered on our stage in 2012, our audiences have consistently expressed their desire to see this cathartic show again. We are honored to revive, for one night only, this original musical about Chicagoans facing a historic challenge with tenacity, bravery, and hope.
Moored on the Chicago River between Clark St and LaSalle on July 24, 1915, the Eastland began boarding as thousands of Western Electric employees and their families climbed the ramp, excited for their annual company outing. Overflowing with passengers, the boat leaned further and further to port – and was soon tipped entirely on its side. Within minutes, cries filled the air, families were torn apart and unexpected heroes emerged to rescue dozens of Chicagoans from a watery end.
Like many theatres, Lookingglass’ doors are closed right now, and for the near future, to protect us all from the threat posed by COVID-19. As a non-profit who is currently unable to produce live theatre in our space, now— more than ever— Lookingglass must rely on donations to survive this crisis. Proceeds from this event will directly support the Looking Forward Campaign, a fundraising effort to sustain the Lookingglass Theatre Company and its artists through the pandemic.