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by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Devon de Mayo

Following its hit revival of MARVIN’S ROOM, Shattered Globe continues its 25th anniversary season with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph’s uncommon love story ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER.

Animals Out of Paper is an uncommon love story from acclaimed playwright Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. 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. The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Joseph’s observant, pitch-perfect script seems modest at first but is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly…with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness of hope.”


FEATURING SGT Ensemble Members Cortney McKenna (Happy Now?) and Joseph Wiens (The Whaleship Essex, Other People’s Money, Orpheus Descending), as well as guest artist Awate Serequeberhan.



Shattered Globe Theatre’s Shattered Soiree 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

6:30 to 10 PM

Join us as we raise the roof with live entertainment, dancing,

tantalizing food & drink, and unique auction items!

And help us raise crucial funds to support SGT’s upcoming 25th Season!

Ravenswood Event Center

4011 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

Free street parking available

Follow this link to RSVP:

Our annual fund-raiser supports our mission and programming

For more information, contact Sandy Shinner at or call 773-770-0333.

The first show of our 2014-2015 Season is now open. See what the critics had to say below.

For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

Chicago Tribune Hottest Ticket – Friday, September 12th:

“A genuine magnum opus, a full-throated adventure epic replete with enough passion and production values for you to feel a bit of the spray of the open seas.”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Highly Recommended…

A thrilling, vividly physical Midwest premiere by Shattered Globe”

– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“… a thrilling play of epic proportions. Staged by prolific, talented Chicago director Lou Contey, utilizing energetic pacing, stylized movement, actor-generated rhythms, sea shanties and hymns sung by a vibrant cast of 15, Forbrich’s play becomes much more than simply an exciting adventure at sea. The story offers obvious parallels between early 19th century America’s unquenchable thirst for oil and today’s unending need for energy. Ecological and ethical questions are raised in this haunting, disturbing, sometimes humorous tale of survival and heroism. The production is supported by the magnificent talent and artistry of its primarily-female creative team.”

-Colin Douglas, Chicago Theater Review

“I definitely believe THE WHALESHIP ESSEX is see-worthy!”

-The Fourth Walsh

“It’s all delivered with stunning, you-are-there particularity in Lou Contey’s enthralling adventure epic. Book your passage now.”

-Larry Bommer, Stage and Cinema

“An epic tale told with great physical & emotional force.”

– tweeted by Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“You’d be hard pressed to see a finer ensemble that this dedicated cast. This show is worth seeing.”

-Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

The Whaleship Essex, directed by Lou Contey, performed by the Shattered Globe ensemble is an artistic and literary delight, thrilling performances make every character someone you would like to know well as they play out an unforgettable story.”


“…some of the richest language happens to be the most technical—cooking blubber, nautical navigation and harpoon throwing all get borderline scientific, even romantic descriptions. Under Contey’s direction, none of it overshadows Ensemble-wide, it’s a thoughtful, often dashing real-life adventure that shines new light on the evermore famous the human drama at the center of it all, even in such a large cast.

Ensemble-wide, it’s a thoughtful, often dashing real-life adventure that shines new light on the evermore famous fiction it inspires.”

-Time Out Chicago

“Riveting theater that tells a harrowing tale”

-Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

More info

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Chicago Theater Beat

Chicago Tribune

“The show as a whole is raw and searingly authentic…and yet the audience isn’t

left with only the ever-lingering heartache and damage such loss creates. With the

show’s powerful performances and production choices, we’re also presented with

the shaky hope and strength that can eventually rise from the ashes.”

Time Out Chicago

“(Kate) LoConti, untamed and satisfyingly stubborn, sizzles and pops with

conviction, from an explosive anger to a much deeper place of hurt, guilt and

genuine sorrow.”

Time Out Chicago

“Sandy Shinner’s staging, a gem from Shattered Globe Theatre, could not achieve

better casting or generate more sheer conviction per minute. ….Solidarity is

almost too weak a word for Shinner’s nine dynamic performers. Using a kind of

immersion therapy, they put us in their place. It’s theater at its most present and

accounted for.”

Stage and Cinema

“Riveting….There’s a moment that took my breath away….honest, complicated

performances that are observant and piquant and true.”

Chicago Tribune

“At the hurt heart of this slice of work are two women who lose their men in

different and equally credible ways. Marlene ( a haunting Kate LoConti) has

supposedly held up a settlement by refusing to take “blood money” from the mill

owners for the loss of her young husband Champ (Drew Schad, present especially

in his absence), horribly burned in the blaze. Marlene’s hard-drinking, badly bored

sister-in-law, the ironically named Sunny (unforgettable Rebecca Jordan) wants to

leave her uninspiring Bo (a solidly flawed Ken Bradley): Ironically, his surviving a

fire that he might have contributed to through pain pills and inattentiveness has

preserved a sick marriage or given them a second chance.”

Stage and Cinema

“Shattered Globe Theatre’s intimate production carefully charts Nemeth’s

nonlinear narrative with the aid of Charlie Cooper’s inventive lighting and superb

performances… the story of loss and healing is universal.”


“Shattered Globe Theatre, under the imaginative direction of Sandy Shinner,

has mounted a haunting and deeply emotional story about the demise of a steel

town…We care and empathize with the Widows….Ken Bradley, Rebecca Jordan,

Drew Schad and especially Kate LoConti give yeoman performances as they each

struggle with the mourning process. This show rivets our heartstrings.”

Chicago Critic

“Shattered Globe Theatre ignites the story with a vengeance matched only by an

incendiary set of performances.”

Chicago Theater Beat

“Shattered Globe offers another truly visceral experience for its


Chicago Theater Review