Ethan Frome at the Lookingglass Theatre – March 19, 2011

The Raven Foundation sponsored a scholarly lecture on the Lookingglass Theatre’s production of Ethan Frome in the Simpson Lecture Hall at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). Lecturer Rosemary Erickson Johnse

Laura Eason and Suzanne Ross’ Photo Courtesy of Brad Baskin Photography

n, Professor of English at Governors State University, is an author and educator, who earned her Ph.D. in English at Michigan State University. Her first book, Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006. Her published essays focus on crime fiction, twentieth-century British literature, Irish literature, and book history.

Steep yourself in the wintery atmosphere of the play by reading Professor Johnsen’s article, Snowy Hell, written for the Lookingglass Theatre’s study guide for Ethan Frome.

Suzanne Ross explores the relevancy of Ethan Frome to current times with adapter/director Laura Eason. Listen to their conversation.

The lecture was open to the public and recorded for inclusion in the Chicago Amplified Audio Archives of WBEZ radio. Listen to the lecture here.

Matinee Performance of Ethan Frome
Adapted from the novel by Edith Wharton
Written and directed by Laura Eason
Featuring company members Philip R Smith, Andy White, Louise Lamson and Lisa Tejero with Erik Lochtefeld.

A shattered body…A frozen heart…A legendary sled ride down an unforgiving hill. In the deep of winter, a strange mystery unfolds. The whole town knows the story. But does anyone know the truth? The smoldering adaptation of Ethan Frome, a novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton will warm your heart.

Ensemble Member Laura Eason, recently hailed by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago’s next breakout playwright, directed her adaptation of this deeply poetic story about fervent desire, illicit passion, staggering regret and the irreversible choices that shape the life of a reticent farmer in Starkfield, Massachusetts.