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
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:
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