Theater Events

Here you will find interviews and lectures from the theater events that the Raven Foundation has participated in over the years. We hope they offer a unique and insightful perspective on topics of interest to you.

Big Lake Big City by Keith Huff
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
July 27, 2013

Detective Bass can’t catch a break. An eclectic set of shady character run roughshod through a hilarious maze of double-crosses and double-identities in this love letter to the underbelly of the Windy City. Directed by David Schwimmer and written by playwright Keith Huff ( A Steady Rain, House of Cards, Mad Men ), this dark comedy reveals the Second City in all its gritty and goofy glory. Professor Rosemary Erickson Johnsen gave the preshow lecture.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, adapted and directed by Heidi Stillman
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
November 15, 2008
Raven Board Member and  Loyola University Chicago Professor Andrew McKenna joined the play’s director Heidi Stillman to discuss how The Brothers Karamazov intensifies and magnifies ideas, relationships, and conduct that we all experience and that we only dimly comprehend.

Ethan Frome, adapted by Laura Eason
Lookingglass Theatre
March 19, 2011
Laura Eason directed her new adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with Eason. You can also listen to the pre-show lecture given by Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governors State University.

Fedra written by J. Nicole Brooks
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
October 17, 2009
The myth of Phaedra was reimagined for the stage by J. Nicole Brooks and directed by Laura Eason. Brooks and Eason discuss the adaptation with Raven Founder Suzanne Ross. You can also listen to the pre-show discussion of the legend and history of Phaedra through to its latest version with Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Dr. Patrice Rankin of the Classics Department, both from Purdue University.

God of Carnage written by Yasmina Reza
AstonRep Theatre Company, Chicago
November 10, 2012
After a schoolyard altercation between two 11-year-old boys, the parents meet for a civilized discussion of the incident. Societal armor is stripped away and brutish, animalistic madness between the parents erupts. With AstonRep’s recent development of bringing fresh life to acclaimed newer works and giving them an intimate and honest treatment, this dynamic play is an excellent candidate.

Icarus written and directed by David Catlin
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
January 23, 2010
David Catlin wrote and directed his original production based on the ancient myth. Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies, delivered a pre-show lecture and wrote an article for the Lookingglass Study Guide entitled, Daedalus and the Fall of Icarus. You can also listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with David Catlin about the themes of fathers and sons and present day parenting.

Next Fall written by Geoffrey Nauffts
AstonRep Theatre Company, Chicago
May 5, 2013
Luke believes in God. Adam… doesn’t. Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. And when an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. The critically-acclaimed “Next Fall” paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love, and faith. AstonRep Theatre Company proudly presented the Chicago premiere of this beautiful play.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
March 21, 2009
This production featured Lookingglass ensemble members Laura Eason and David Schwimmer as Emily and George. Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governor’s State University participated in a post-show discussion and her article for the Lookingglass Theatre’s study guide, “The Passion to Know What Life Means to Us in Our Town”, is available for download here.

Peter Pan, adapted and directed by Amanda Dehnert
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
December 4, 2010
Amanda Dehnert directed her original adaptation of Peter Pan, based on the books by J.M. Barrie. Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governor’s State University, delivered her essay written for the Lookingglass study guide at a pre-show lecture. Listen to the audio or read the essay, The Persistence of Peter Pan. You can also listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with Amanda Dehnert here.