Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre

Lookingglass Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Hard Times runs now through January 14, 2018 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave at Pearson. The Press Opening is this Saturday, October 14, 2017, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

Returning to Hard Times are Ensemble Members David Catlin (returning to the role of Stephen and Sleary), Raymond Fox (returning to the role of Mr. Gradgrind, Sissy's Father and Slackbridge), Louise Lamson (in the role of Rachael, Mrs. Gradgrind and Scherezade through 12/17) and Artistic Associate Troy West (returning to the role of Mr. Bounderby). The cast also includes Artistic Associate Atra Asdou (Rachael, Mrs. Gradgrind and Scherezade beginning 12/19), with Audrey Anderson (Sissy), Amy J. Carle (Mrs. Sparsit, Drunk Woman and Pufflerumpus), Raphael Cruz (Bitzer and Le Papillon), Cordelia Dewdney (Louisa), Marilyn Dodds Frank (returning to the role of Mrs. Pegler), Nathan Hosner (Mr. Harthouse, Mr. M'Choakumchild and Kidderminster) and JJ Phillips (Tom).

The creative team for Hard Times includes Ensemble Members Daniel Ostling (returning scenic designer) and Mara Blumenfeld (returning costume designer), Artistic Associates Brian Sidney Bembridge (returning lighting designer), Andre Pluess (returning sound designer and original composition) and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (returning circus choreography) with Amanda Herrmann (props design), Isaac Schoepp (rigging) and Eva Breneman (dialect coach). The stage manager is Jeri Frederickson.

For season subscription and ticket information, call the Lookingglass Theatre box office at (312) 337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Nathan Hosner, Ensemble Member Raymond Fox, JJ Phillips, Cordelia Dewdney, Audrey Anderson, and Raphael Cruz

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
JJ Phillips and Cordelia Dewdney

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Cordelia Dewdney and Nathan Hosner

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Amy J. Carle, Artistic Associate Troy West, Ensemble Member Raymond Fox, Audrey Anderson, Ensemble Member David Catlin, Nathan Hosner, and Raphael Cruz

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Audrey Anderson, Ensemble Member David Catlin, and Raphael Cruz

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Nathan Hosner, Julie Marshall, Audrey Anderson, Ensemble Member Louise Lamson, Raphael Cruz, and Ensemble Member David Catlin

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Artistic Associate Troy West and Amy J. Carle

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Ensemble Members Louise Lamson and David Catlin

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Cordelia Dewdney, Audrey Anderson, Ensemble Members Louise Lamson and Raymond Fox

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
Cordelia Dewdney and Ensemble Member Raymond Fox


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