Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by the Lookingglass Theatre

WhenFeb 23, 2013 from 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm CT
Location Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Event Details


Two US Marines and an Iraqi translator are thrust into a world of greed, mystery and betrayal after an encounter with a now-deceased but still very pissed-off tiger. The streets of war-torn Baghdad are filled with ghosts, riddles and wry humor in this ground-breaking play that explores the power and perils of human nature.

Listen to the show’s director, Heidi Stillman, as she discussed the play on the Raven Foundation’s online radio program, Voices of Peace Talk Radio for an insider’s view of the show. Spoiler alert – elements of the plot are revealed.

Preshow Lecture by Professor Andrew McKenna

Dr. Andrew J. McKenna, professor of French language and literature at Loyola University in Chicago, earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages [French & Spanish] from Johns Hopkins University after receiving his B.A. in French from Holy Cross College. In addition to acting as the host of the French club, he teaches courses in French Literature of 17th, 19th, 20th centuries, Stylistics, French culture and civilization, and Masterpieces of European Literature and Comparative Literature (in translation). For the decade between 1996 and 2006, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, 1996-2006. Andrew is the author of Violence and Difference: Girard, Derrida, and Deconstruction.

Professor McKenna’s lecture entitled, Uncanny Beings, revealed the connection of this contemporary drama to the literary and artistic traditions that began with the Greeks. His lecture also explored the contagious nature of violence and its threat to humankind. Listen to the recording of Professor McKenna’s engaging and illuminating lecture.

This audio recording is also available for download. The article created for Lookingglass’ Online Study Guide and the artwork referenced in his lecture are available for download here.


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