About Camera Obscura
All the imagery that you see in this production are actual photos (most of them taken on-site by associate director, Daren Leonard, and me) of the town of Ipswich and London Road. You will notice that these photos are primarily presented upside down which, as part of my conceptual approach to the piece, is a nod to the tenets of Camera Obscura. This term literally means ‘dark chamber’ and was a forerunner of the modern camera. The earliest versions, dating to antiquity, consisted of small, darkened rooms with light admitted through a single tiny hole. The result was that an inverted image of the outside scene was cast on the opposite wall. The decision to use this technique represents, in part, the idea of the outside world deeply seeping into the homes and lives of the community and disrupting their peaceful neighborhood as well as challenging and exposing their core beliefs.
– Elizabeth Margolius, London Road Director
About Verbatim Theatre
Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people. Strictly, verbatim theatre-makers use real people’s words exclusively, and take this testimony from recorded interviews. Alecky Blythe interviewed the people of Ipswich, U.K. for LONDON ROAD.
It is both new and extremely important to us at Shattered Globe to lead with stories from historically marginalized communities in our productions. We would like to acknowledge the space we are taking is on stolen and exploited land and invite our audiences to join us in considering how to best use our time and resources to dismantle both new and historic systems of oppression.
Aria Designs, Centerstage Productions of IL Inc, Folks Operetta, Remy Bumppo, Steve Kleinedler, Theater Wit, and The Saints.
About Shattered Globe Theatre
Shattered Globe Theatre (Sandy Shinner, Producing Artistic Director) was born in a storefront space on Halsted Street in 1991. Since then, SGT has produced more than 80 plays, including nine American and world premieres, and garnered an impressive 42 Jeff Awards and 107 Jeff Award nominations, as well as the acclaim of critics and audiences alike.
Shattered Globe Theatre seeks to discover new connections between story, artist and audience by exploring drama from bold, challenging perspectives, and continuously redefining what it means to be an ensemble theatre.
SGT’s values are rooted in a commitment to racial equity, respect for all artists and support for the ensemble, while creating new opportunities to amplify traditionally marginalized voices and collaborate in all aspects of our work. Through initiatives such as the Protégé Program, Shattered Globe creates a space which allows emerging artists to grow and share in the ensemble experience.
The work you see on and off the stage would not be possible without the invaluable contributions from civic-minded foundations and individuals who believe in the necessity of supporting the arts. Shattered Globe extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated time and resources to our theatre.
SGT values the continued support of Dr. Len and Cheryl Cerullo and family in loving memory of Katie Cerullo as well as the generosity of Dan and Claudia Cyganowski in memory of Carol Klimick Cyganowski, scholar and passionate supporter of Chicago Theatre.
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Shattered Globe Theatre is partially supported and funded by generous grants from The Bayless Family Foundation, The Shulman-Rochambeau Charitable Foundation, Brenda and James Grusecki, Carol P. Eastin, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Daniel Cyganowski, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and The Saints.