Shattered Globe Theatre Presents Midwest Premiere of HAPPY NOW? January 24 – March 3, 2013

Shattered Globe Theatre continues its 2012/13 Season with the Midwest premiere of HAPPY NOW? by Lucinda Coxon, directed by Artistic Director Roger Smart, playing January 24 – March 3, 2013 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The production features Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Steve Peebles, Linda Reiter, Drew Schad and Ben Werling and SGT Associate Artist Christina Gorman with Cortney McKenna and Karack Osborn. The press performance is Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm.

Tickets for HAPPY NOW? are available at www.shatteredglobe.org. Shattered Globe is offering a “Black Friday Special” with half-priced tickets available for purchase November 23 – 26, 2012 using the discount code “GLOBAL” – the perfect holiday gift!

A chance encounter at a hotel conference is the first link in a chain of events that play upon Kitty’s mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a demanding job. Her husband is more interested in misplaced apostrophes than in their marriage, her parents are looking down the barrel of oblivion and although she toys with the idea of joining a gym, Kitty’s running out of time for big changes. HAPPY NOW? dares to ask just that – in this this painfully truthful, darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it.

The production team for HAPPY NOW? includes: Amanda Rozmiarek (Scenic Design), Jeffrey Stokes (Stage Manager) and Rosie Chevalier (Producer). Additional production team members TBA.

Title: HAPPY NOW?
Playwright: Lucinda Coxon
Director: Artistic Director Roger Smart
Featuring: Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Steve Peebles (Johnny), Linda Reiter (June), Drew Schad (Miles) and Ben Werling (Michael) and SGT Associate Artist Christina Gorman (Kitty) with Cortney McKenna (Bea) and Karack Osborn (Carl)
Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago
Dates: Previews: Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25 at 8 pm
Friends & Family Gala Performance: Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm
Press opening: Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm
Regular run: January 31 – March 3, 2013.

Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets: Previews: $18. Regular run: $28. $10 students (day of, with valid ID), $15 industry (Thursday nights).
Black Friday special: Half-priced tickets may be purchased November 23 – 26 using the discount code “GLOBAL.”
Available at www.shatteredglobe.org.

About the Playwright:
Though relatively unknown in the U.S., Lucinda Coxon has become familiar to London audiences for her range of style and juxtaposition of humor and bald honesty. Her plays Waiting at the Water’s Edge, Wishbones, Three Glances and The Ice Palace, have been presented at Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre in London. In addition, Coxon has written for film, including screenplays for Spaghetti Slow, The Heart of Me, Lilacs and Wild Target, starring Bill Nighy.

About the Director:
Hailing from England, Roger Smart is one of the original members of SGT, performing in the first production of Frozen Assets, before going on to direct and design Talk Radio and a number of other productions for the company. He has directed extensively in Chicago and Southern California. Credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Saint Joan, The Road to Mecca, The Trial, In a Pig’s Valise, Œdipus, Scenes From an Execution, The Life of Galileo, Dylan, The Women; Road, suburbia, Duet For One; A Map of the World, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet and Her Naked Skin. Roger served as the Director of Education & Training at Court Theatre. He has an MFA in Directing from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently completing PhD research into psychophysical modalities of training actors at the University of London, Goldsmiths College. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and has taught directing, acting and voice in theatre programs in England and the States.

Shattered Globe Theatre was born in a storefront space on Halsted Street 21 years ago. Since then, SGT has produced more than 60 plays, including 9 American and World premieres, and garnered an impressive 42 Jeff Awards and 97 Jeff Award Nominations as well as the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. Shattered Globe presents an eclectic mix of plays, intimate character driven selections, which speak to the universal aspect of what it means to be a part of the human experience.

Shattered Globe Theatre is partially supported and funded by generous grants from CityArts at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council and Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, The Kovler Family Foundation, The Robert W. and Loretta J. Cooney Family Foundation, and Neurosource, Inc.

For more information on Shattered Globe Theatre, please visit www.shatteredglobe.org.