‘Chicago Fire’ star Monica Raymund joins cast of Lookingglass play

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Monica Raymund, who plays paramedic-turned-firefighter Gabriella Dawson on “Chicago Fire,” is settling into the city’s theater scene with a role next summer at Lookingglass Theatre Company.

The company announced Friday that Raymund will co-star in the world premiere of “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure,” written by ensemble member Kevin Douglas and opening June 1 at Lookingglass at 821 N. Michigan.

Though known as a TV actress with earlier roles on “Lie to Me” and “The Good Wife,” Raymund is a 2008 Juilliard grad and no stranger to the stage. “I really love classical theater,” she told Where Chicago last year. “It’s kind of my jam, it’s what I do. I think it’s very cool. A lot of Shakespeare, Chekhov. I’d done a few plays after I graduated and then I booked a series in L.A. early on, and for whatever reason, I’ve been doing TV ever since.”

She’ll be joined by a cast including ensemble members Lawrence E. DiStasi and Raymond Fox, Molly Brennan of 500 Clown and Adam Brown of the Broadway company of “Once.” Set in 1908, the show is about a duo whose ascent in the vaudeville world is hindered by racial issues.

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