This wildly creative new work playfully reimagines the world of a young Isaac Newton with contemporary language and an ingenious meta-theatrical device. When young Newton meets the great Robert Hooke -the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain- the resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension.
Artistic Director Michael Halberstam brings this new play by one of the country's most exciting young playwrights to the Writers Theatre bookstore-- the ideal opening to our 23rd season!
"Isaac's Eyeis a witty, sharp and keenly charged piece of writing. Although the story may be an historic one, Lucas Hnath tells it in a very contemporary style, and with a refreshingly original voice. Furthermore, we get to explore this sharply defined jewel in the intimate confines of our bookstore theatre.
With our fiercely skilled cast, it makes for an ideal conversation to start the season."
“Smart, stimulating and fast-moving. ” – Chicago Tribune
“[With] four rooted and revelatory performances, Isaac’s Eye is that rarity – thinking theater with a huge heart.” – Chicago Stage and Cinema
“Ingenious! An engrossing, fabulously acted, night at the theatre. You’ll enjoy this unique play.” – Chicago Critic
“Captivating. A wonderful theatrical experiment!” – Make It Better
Inside the Work of Lucas Hnath
Sunday, October 5th | 4:30-5:30pm | Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave Free | RSVP Required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-242-6018 Join Michael Halberstam (director of Isaac’s Eye) and Heidi Stillman (director of Lucas Hnath's Death Taxat Lookingglass Theatre Company) for a lively discussion about interpreting and staging the stylistically innovative works of playwright Lucas Hnath, one of the most exciting writers working today.
Sunday, October 12 | 4:30pm | Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago Free | No RSVP required Chicago’s theatrical institutions have embraced the words of budding playwright Lucas Hnath. Join us in a conversation between Heidi Stillman (Lookingglass Theatre Director, Death Tax) and Michael Halberstam (Writers Theatre Director, Isaac’s Eye) as they discuss the similarities, differences, and shared themes of these Hnath plays, and why each story resonates for Chicago theatre-goers today.