Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater

  • January 30, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 CST
  • Lake Shore Campus, Information Commons, 4th Floor
  • Jocelyn D. Cheng, jcheng5@luc.edu or 773.508.2616
  • Free
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    Open to the public.
  • https://libcal.luc.edu/calendar/events/ensemble
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    Join Loyola University Chicago Libraries and Edgewater Village Chicago for the book launch of Ensemble: an Oral History of Chicago Theater with author and Loyola alumnus Mark Larson on Thursday, January 30. Ensemble is an in-depth, first-of-its-kind history of Chicago's internationally celebrated theater scene, spanning 65 years and told through first-person accounts from the people who made it happen.

    This book explores the early days of the fabled Compass Players and the legendary Second City in the '50s and '60s, the rise of internationally acclaimed ensembles like Steppenwolf in the '70s; the explosion of storefront and neighborhood companies that began in earnest in the '80s; and the enduring global influence of the city as the center of improv training and performance.

    Ensemble weaves a narrative that expresses the spirit of Chicago's ensemble ethos: the voices of celebrities such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, Harry Lennix, George Wendt, Michael Shannon and Tracy Letts co-mingle with stories from designers, composers, and others who have played a crucial role in making Chicago theater so powerful, influential, and unique.

    Books will be available for purchase.

    Registration is requested at https://libcal.luc.edu/calendar/events/ensemble. Cost is free.

    Date:   Thursday, January 30
    Time:   6:00 to 7:30 PM
    Location:   Loyola Information Commons, 4th Floor, 6501 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626