Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble member Joey Slotnick and Lauren Katz (pictured above) will collaborate with Jim Dennen in a new improv experiment, In the Room, which peels back the curtain on the creative process this spring at Lookingglass Theatre (photo courtesy of Lookingglass Theatre).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Lookingglass Theatre Company will present In the Room, a special event developed by Lookingglass Ensemble member Joey Slotnick and artistic collaborators Lauren Katz and Jim Dennen. In the Room will be presented for three nights only, April 30 – May 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. at Lookingglass Theatre, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
With In the Room, Long-time creative collaborators Joey Slotnick, Lauren Katz and Jim Dennen will embark on a new experiment in improvisation,. This experience brings you into the room to witness the development of a new show as these seasoned veterans open the doors to their workshop process and they begin to create their next fully improvised production. The experience provides unmasked access to the starts and stops of experimentation, including all of the risk, error, vulnerability, humor, intimacy and surprise that is the basic raw material of creative collaboration in its earliest stages.
In the Room will run after the performance on Title and Deed by Will Eno, featuring Michael Patrick Thornton.
Lookingglass’ artistic director, Andrew White, note, “Improvisation has frequently been a Lookingglass staple in our development of new work, and it’s a pleasure to welcome back to our stage three masters of the art. In the Room offers an opportunity to see the development of a new show in process, and to be witness to the risk-taking, courage and raw inspiration involved in creating from scratch an entirely new adventure with each performance. This is an inside look at the process and it’s going to be a pleasure to buckle in each night and go for the ride.”
Lookingglass Ensemble member Joey Slotnick has appeared at at in the company’s productions of Our Town, Great Men of Science Nos.21&22, Arabian Nights, Up Against It, The Master and Margarita, Wants and Needs, Hard Times. He appeared on Broadway in The Big Knife and Off-Broadway in a host of acclaimed productions, including Happy Hour, Offices, The New York Idea and The Altruists. Regional credits include Chapter Two at Buck’s County Playhouse, Animal Crackers at Goodman Theatre, (Jeff nomination) and Romance at Bay Street. He has appeared in the films The Cobbler, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hollow Man, and Judas Kiss. TV credits include Psych, The Office, Nip/Tuck and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Lauren Katz returns to work with Lookingglass Theatre after having last been seen on its stage in the critically acclaimed Cascabel last summer, Wants and Needs and Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22. She has maintained stints on television series Arrested Development, Parks & Recreation and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lauren studied and taught at The Piven Theatre Workshop and received her BFA from DePaul University.
Jim Dennen’s work as a theater artist and director has been seen in regional theaters and festivals around the U.S. and abroad. He was the founding director of the Chicago-born, nationally-acclaimed improvisational theater company ED, whose work was foundational in the emergence of what is now widely known as “long form improvisation.” As a filmmaker, Jim has specialized in experimental work with live performance, improvisational techniques in narrative development, and documentary, and won a New Television Award funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information or for tickets to In the Room at Lookingglass Theatre, call (312) 337-0665 or by visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.