Having frequently performed with Lookingglass Theatre Company, actors Kevin Douglas and Anthony Fleming III have officially joined the ensemble.
“Both Anthony and Kevin have been “family” for a long time now, and we’re equal parts ecstatic and proud to welcome them as members of the ensemble,” explains Artistic Director Andy White.
“Anthony first worked with us in 2003 on Studs Terkel’s Race, and we knew immediately that this was a force to be reckoned with – his intensity, his commitment, his humor, and his ability and willingness to “bring it” to every performance make him thoroughly compelling for audiences and totally exciting for his fellow actors on stage.
“Kevin’s astonishing versatility was first in evidence on a Lookingglass stage in 2007’s Black Diamond, and the sheer speed with which he’s able to wholly transform himself into an amazing range of characters has been on vivid display in so many of our shows since. In addition to their remarkable gifts as actors, though, both of these guys are full of integrity, totally hilarious, and just wonderful human beings.
“Both our theater and our conversations are richer when either one of them walks in the door. We’re lucky to have them in our ranks, and look forward to the many years ahead with them as part of our ensemble family.”
Douglas and Fleming join just in time for the 2013 Lookingglass gglassquerade, which will celebrate 25 years of ensemble collaboration, transformation and invention. Host Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, will be presented with the Lookingglass Civic Engagement Award at the event.
“The fact that Stephen is uncannily brilliant, desperately funny, and irritatingly good-looking is not particularly important, or something we should hold against him (but we do so anyway),” notes White.
“What is important is from his early days doing improv with Lookingglass founders at Northwestern to his current role as host of the award-winning show The Colbert Report, Stephen has been a great friend to Lookingglass and a champion of, and ambassador for, the City of Chicago. We are so pleased to have him as the host of our 25th Anniversary gglassquerade and to present to him the Lookingglass Civic Engagement Spirit Award.”
This year gglassquerade will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at The Four Seasons, 120 East Delaware Place in Chicago. Table sponsorships can be purchased by calling the Lookingglass Development office at 773-477-9257, ext. 116, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.