The 140th Anniversary of the Chicago Fire is this Saturday. Not-so-coincidentally, Lookingglass Theatre Company's production of The Great Fire is running at the same time. WBEZ asked a member of the crew, and amateur history buff, Ari Clouse to tell us a bit about the production and what we might not know about the fire that shaped Chicago history.
My favorite moments working run crew for Lookingglass Theatre's The Great Fire are when I'm up in the catwalk. Hiding in the dark, dressed in all black, I drop "cinders" -- little red pieces of felt-- on the stage, cued by the stage manager, Kathleen, on headset. I get a great view of the entire theater up there, so once I've grown weary of seeing the same scene performance after performance, I watch a different one -- the audience's reaction. The play is based on real people and events that occurred during Chicago's greatest disaster.