Lookingglass Theatre Company commemorates the start of the 1919 Chicago race riots through an artistic ritual featuring music, movement, and spoken word.
By establishing an artistic ritual featuring music, movement, and word, Lookingglass Theatre commemorates the start of the 1919 Chicago race riots, incited by the tragic murder of Eugene Williams, a Black teenager stoned to death after drifting into a “whites only” section of Lake Michigan. Sunset 1919 is meant to peacefully honor the lives of Black humans impacted by the deadly racial attacks that swept the nation that summer, the roots of which stretch back across centuries, and the fruits of which we continue to pluck – a moment in an unbroken line.
Curated & Coordinated by Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy and Ensemble Member and Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks
Spoken Word Artist Avery R. Young
Mover/Choreographer Cristal Sabbagh
DJ Lady D