Shattered Globe Theatre Presents ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER Jan. 14 – Feb. 27, 2016

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download (2)Following its hit revival of MARVIN’S ROOMShattered Globe Theatre is pleased to continue its 25th anniversary season with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph’s uncommon love story ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER, a vibrant and nuanced peek into the creative process that shapes three lives, directed by Devon de Mayo. ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER will play January 14 – February 27, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 1, 2015 at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150.

ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER will feature Ensemble Member Joe Wiens* with Awate SerequeberhanAdditional casting to be announced.

Andy, a calculus teacher and avid fan, pressures a reclusive Ilana, a world famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy, Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other’s lives in much the same way they fold and crease their origami art.

Animals Out of Paper excites me because it is about unlikely friendships and how, sometimes the person who can help us most, is the person we least expect,” comments Director Devon de Mayo. “This play uses the beautiful, complex art of origami as the meeting ground for three lonely and complicated souls to try and figure out the next stage of their lives. The play surprises at every turn because it acknowledges that in life answers aren’t easy – they often just open the door to more questions.”

Adds Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner, “Thanks to the generosity of Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, we’re able to include Chicago origami artist Christine Edison in our plans for Animals Out of Paper.  Christine’s award winning designs are known for her beautiful fluid folding techniques and I am looking forward to working with her and integrating this ancient art into our production.”

The production team to date includes Grant Sabin (scenic designer), Sarah Jo White (costume designer), Stephen Gawrit (sound design) and Kelly Clausen (production manager).  Denotes SGT Ensemble Member.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Title: ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER

Playwright: Rajiv Joseph

Director: Devon de Mayo

Cast: Ensemble Member Joe Wiens* (Andy) with Awate Serequeberhan (Suresh). Additional casting to be announced.

Location:  Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago

Dates:  Previews: Thursday, January 14 at 8 pm, Friday, January 15 at 8 pm and Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm.

Press performances: Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm

Regular run: Thursday, January 21 – Saturday, February 27, 2015

Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there is an added 3 pm matinee performance onSaturday, February 27.

Tickets: Previews: $20. Regular Run: $33. Discounts: “Under 30” $20, students $15, seniors $27 and industry $15 on Thursdays. Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 1, 2015 at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150.

About the Creative Team:

Rajiv Joseph’s (Playwright) Broadway play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s New York productions include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Second Stage Theatre, 2011; Animals Out of Paper, Second Stage Theatre, summer 2008; The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), Alter Ego, fall 2007; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006; All This Intimacy, Second Stage Theatre, 2006. World premieres of new plays this year, include The North Pool at Theatre Works in Palo Alto; The Lake Effect at Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey; and The Medusa Body at the Alley Theatre. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Devon de Mayo (Director) most recently served as the Resident Director under Stephen Daldry on the Broadway production of The Audience.  She will be directing You Can’t Take It With You at Northlight Theatre in November 2015.  Additional directing credits include Jet Black Chevrolet (side project); Lost in Yonkers (Norhtlight Theatre); Compulsion and Everything is Illuminated (Next Theatre); An Actor Prepares (Logan Center); Roadkill ConfidentialThe Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and Clouds (Dog & Pony); Infiltrating Bounce (Luminaria, San Antonio); and 52 (Canal Café, London). Directing & Devising credits include Guerra: A Clown Play (performances in Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Madrid, Bogota, and Mexico City); The Whole World is Watching and As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog & Pony) and The Twins Would Like to Say (Dog & Pony, Steppenwolf Garage Rep). She is the co-artistic director of Dog & Pony Theatre Co and received her MFA in Directing from Middlesex University in London.  

Shattered Globe Theatre (Sandy Shinner, Producing Artistic Director; Doug McDade, Managing Director) was born in a storefront space on Halsted Street in 1991. Since then, SGT has produced more than 60 plays, including nine American and world premieres, and garnered an impressive 42 Jeff Awards and 102 Jeff Award nominations, as well as the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. Shattered Globe is an ensemble driven theater whose mission is to create an intimate, visceral theater experience that challenges the perspective of audience and artist alike through passionate storytelling. Shattered Globe is inspired by the diversity of our city and committed to making the theater available to all audiences.   Through initiatives such as the Protégé Program, Shattered Globe creates a space which allows emerging artists to grow and share in the ensemble experience. 

Shattered Globe Theatre is partially supported and funded by generous grants from The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, The Field Foundation of Illinois, The James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation, The Blum-Kovler Family Foundation, The Robert J. & Loretta W. Cooney Family Foundation, the Shulman-Rochambeau Charitable Foundation, and Arts Work Fund.

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

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