Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Treasure Island’ Adaptation Sets Sail at Lookingglass


Robert Louis Stevenson's high seas adventure novel "Treasure Island" became a children's classic almost from the very moment it was published in 1881. Since then, there have been scores of adaptations for film, television, radio and the theater.

Now, a new stage production at Lookingglass Theatre Company adapted and directed by Tony award-winner Mary Zimmerman ("Metamorphoses," "Arabian Nights"), is being praised for its original take on the story.

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Zimmerman discusses the show and what's next on her horizon.

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

  • "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

    "Treasure Island," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

The show made its world premiere on Oct. 7 and will run through Jan. 31, 2016. Co-produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, “Treasure Island” is the first production of the 2015-16 Lookingglass season. 

Tickets range from $35-$85, and group discounts are available for parties of eight or more. VIP packages are available and include souvenirs and a complimentary island cocktail drink—with or without alcohol, among other amenities.

Post-show panel discussions take place following 2 p.m. Sunday matinee performances on Nov. 1, 8 and 15; and Jan. 17 and 24.

The show is recommended for "pirates and seafarers" ages 10 and older. Lookingglass Theatre Company is located at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.


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