‘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 at821 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 membersLawrence E. DiStasi and Raymond Fox,Molly Brennan of 500 Clown andAdam 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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