Rocco Sisto, Aya Cash, and Erik Lochtefeld; photo by Joan Marcus
Aya Cash, Ken Barnett, and Graydon Peter Yosowitz; photo by Joan Marcus
Brian Lee Huynh; photo by Joan Marcus
Graydon Peter Yosowitz and Aya Cash; photo by Joan Marcus
Brian Lee Huynh and Erik Lochtefeld; photo by Joan Marcus
The Debate Society (L to R): Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler. Photo by Zack DeZon.
The Light Years February 17, 2017 – April 02, 2017 Mainstage Theater
Hannah Bos and Paul ThureenDeveloped and Directed by Oliver ButlerMade by The Debate Society World Premiere
Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theater designed for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye, the now-forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, 40-year love story spins. From the minds of celebrated play-making company The Debate Society,
The Light Years is an epic, intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future, and a spectacular tribute to man’s indomitable spirit of invention. FEATURING Ken Barnett — Lou Aya Cash — Adeline/Ruth Brian Lee Huynh — Hong Sling Erik Lochtefeld — Hillary Rocco Sisto — Steele MacKaye Graydon Peter Yosowitz — Charlie Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek Costume Design : Michael Krass Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa Sound Design: Lee Kinney Original Music : Daniel Kluger Production Stage Manager: Ryan Gohsman Reviews “
★★★★ Critic’s Pick.
A theatrical cabinet of wonders!
A wistful, cockeyed play that celebrates American dreamers.
—David Cote, Time Out New York
Let there be light.
A hymn to the glories and perils of creative minds.
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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Two families. Two Chicago World's Fairs. One star, 40 light years away, tying two Fairs together with a ribbon of cosmic light.
You'll find yourself mesmerized while gazing at these beautiful cinemagraphs, looping through the magic of The Debate Society's ‘The Light Years’.
Riding hot! The Debate Society and the stellar cast celebrate opening night.
The Debate Society's Oliver Butler and Paul Thureen tell us what inspired them to create ‘The Light Years,’ and why it means more to them now than it did before.
“The Light Years” ignites! After a stellar read-through, design presentation, and meet and greet, the cast and creative team are very excited for The Debate Society’s luminous new play.
“We know there's a play that exists between the three of us, and we will find it.”
The Debate Society’s collaboratively devised plays frequently recreate vivid slices of Americana, but they generally evoke periods from more recent memory, fashioning a vibe that is in equal parts cheeky, nerdily hip, and spooky.
The three of them stand before a crowd at a cocktail fundraiser last fall and say in slow, dorky unison, “Hi! We’re The Debate Society!” — their trademark opener. Delighted, we all applaud.
Take a peek back into the visionary landscapes of place and imagination that animate The Debate Society's luminous new play.