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The Infinite Room

16 EpisodesProduced by Lookingglass Theatre CompanyWebsite

Welcome to The Infinite Room. Each episode, Lookingglass artists will ask ourselves and others Big Questions—about art and theatre and the planet we live on; we’ll engage in frank conversation—sometimes serious, sometimes decidedly not—about the stories we tell, why and how we tell them, and how the… read more


Puppetry in Motion

A baby strides determinedly across stage, the actors moving it in plain sight.

The tentacles of a giant squid grab a sailor, its huge eye gazing through the submarine’s porthole.

A terrified pig tells a graphic tale of terror, simultaneously ridiculous and bloody – all in silhouette.

Why do these moments work? How can inanimate objects evoke as much emotion, whether hilarity or sorrow, as their human counterparts? Why has this ancient form maintained a grip on the human imagination?

Lookingglass is one of many Chicago theaters that uses puppetry as part of our storytelling vocabulary. A conversation with masters of the form:

  • Sarah Fornace, Manual Cinema co-founder
  • Kasey Foster, Lookingglass Ensemble Member
  • Blair Thomas, Blair Thomas & Co., Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
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