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In 2001, nearly 30 years after his death, Richard Nickel’s legacy as an impassioned photographer and preservationist took on a new life with a play called “They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story” at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. Adapted from writer and photographer Richard Cahan’s 1994 book of the same name and the letters Nickel wrote to friends, family, and colleagues, the play tells Nickel’s story through his own words. As a complement to the Driehaus Museum’s exhibition, “Capturing Sullivan: What Richard Nickel Saw,” this performance will show a more personal side to Nickel, offer a new lens on the work of Louis Sullivan, and amplify the urgency of the historic preservation movement.
The program will include staged readings from “They All Fall Down” by Chicago actors, along with a conversation between Richard Cahan, director Jessica Thebus, and Andrew White, one of the actors in the original 2001 performance.
Photo courtesy Lookingglass Theatre/Raymond Fox