Founded by Christopher Peditto, Maria Tirabassi, Daniel Piburn, Greg Nagan and Melvin Gregory Thomas in a former candy factory on Chicago's north side in the winter of 1985, igLoo quickly established a reputation as a "fierecly committed haven for original and obscure works" (Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune) and "one of the most significant young theaters in Chicago." (Albert Williams, Illinois Entertainer). Chicago Magazine called their work "Brash. Flamboyant. Alive. Unforgettable." The Chicago Reader said of the group: "When the rest of Chicago's big deal theaters seem to be into the quiet, conventional and real, it's nice to see igLoo getting loud, weird and fantastic."
igLoo introduced Chicago audiences to the plays of Paul Peditto, including noted World premieres of A Fire Was Burning Over The Dumpling House One Chinese New Year, Scam and Dreamscape Of The Falcon. igLoo presented contemporary classics by Ionesco, Pirandello, Artaud, Sam Shepard, Dario Fo & Franca Rame and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and the Chicago premiere of Lee Breuer's A Prelude To Death In Venice, as well as World premiere stage adaptations of John Fante's The Saga Of Arturo Bandini (based on "The Road To Los Angeles"), Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me (Currican Theater, NY) and Charles Bukowski's Pulp (SoHo Rep, NY).
In addition to its mainstage offerings, igLoo presented a late night cabaret series, featuring some of Chicago's finest performance artists, like Paula Killen and Cheryl Trykv. The Chicago-born blues singer Marla Glen got her start at igLoo. Other late night hits included the long-running audience participation comedy Bitch With Rich, hosted by Rich Cotovsky. The theater also hosted a popular all-ages music scene. Soul Asylum, Urge Overkill and many other seminal bands of the era rocked "The Igloo."
This website celebrates the creative spirit of the many talented artists and individuals who worked and played at igLoo in Chicago, L.A. and New York City between 1985-98.
If you have a story about your time with igLoo, please share it on the Blog. Let the walls of igLoo speak!