Lookingglass Theatre Company begins its 35th season with "Sunset 1919: A Ritual" on Wed., July 27, at the Eugene Williams Memorial Marker, 125 Ft. Dearborn Dr., at 7 p.m.
The location is near 29th Street, on the eastern side of DuSable Lake Shore Drive, by Lake Michigan.
Through music, movement and word, Lookingglass Theatre commemorates the start of the 1919 Chicago race riots, incited by the murder of Eugene Williamsa Black teenager stoned to death by a white man, George Stauber, after drifting into a "whites only" section of Lake Michigan. "Sunset 1919" is meant to peacefully honor the lives of Black people impacted by the deadly racial attacks that swept the nation that summer.
Curated and coordinated by Artistic Producer: Culturalist and Strategy Designer Arkey Adams, ensemble member Kareem Bandealy, and ensemble member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks, this year's event will feature original spoken word by avery r. young accompanied by movement from Cristal Sabbagh and live music from Edward Wilkerson Jr. The laying of 50 white carnations at the marker will be followed by a DJ set featuring DJ Lady D.
Sunset 1919 is a free community event that is open to the public; guests can RSVP at tinyurl.com/4w9mbp4w .