WBEZ | Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works http://www.wbez.org/venues/theatre-water-tower-water-works Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Preshow Lecture for Lookingglass Theatre's Metamorphoses http://www.wbez.org/preshow-lecture-lookingglass-theatres-metamorphoses-102390 <p><p>Based on the myths of Ovid, <em>Metamorphoses</em> is written and directed by Mary Zimmerman. The work is based on a translation by David Slavitt. Professor <strong>Patrice Rankine</strong> of Purdue University will join Raven Foundation co-founder <strong>Suzanne Ross </strong>for this free preshow lecture. Professor Rankine of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classics and an associate professor of classics and comparative literature. The author of the first major critical and theoretical book on African American studies and classics, <em>Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Studies</em> (2007). Professor Rankine is an expert on the classics in addition to contemporary African francophone cultures.</p><div>This lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets for the 3 pm matinee performance of <em>Metamorphoses</em> (following the lecture) can be purchased on the <a href="http://www.ravenfoundation.org/">Raven Foundation</a> event page.</div></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/preshow-lecture-lookingglass-theatres-metamorphoses-102390 Recalling the Eastland http://www.wbez.org/recalling-eastland-98994 <p><p>On July 24, 1915 the Great Lakes steamer SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River, taking 844 lives. Raven Founder <strong>Suzanne Ross</strong> will be joined by Center for History President <strong>Alberta Adamson</strong> to discuss this event—the largest domestic disaster in American history prior to September 11, 2001—and its dramatic interpretation by the Lookingglass Theatre.</p><p>Adamson will explain the culture of the times, the accident, and the victims and heroes, setting the stage for viewing of<em> Eastland: An Original Musical, </em>written by Andrew White with music by artistic associate Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman.</p><p>The Center for History in Wheaton, IL, houses the largest collection of artifacts from the SS Eastland. The discussion will be held in the Lookingglass Theatre's rehearsal room in the upper floor of the Water Works theatre at 821 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.</p><p>Reduced price tickets for the 3:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 23 are available on the <a href="http://www.lookingglasstheatre.org">Lookingglass Theatre's</a> event page.</p></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 17:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/recalling-eastland-98994