animals_graphic_notext1.jpg

ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER IS CLOSED.

MORE INFO ABOUT OUR 2016-2017 SEASON COMING SOON!

"EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES- Chicago READER

★★★½ - Chicago Theater Beat

 "A MUST-SEE WORK OF ART...Highly Recommended." - Chicago Theatre Review

AN uncommon love story

By Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO
Directed by Devon de Mayo

Award-winning Chicago-based origami artist Christine Edison 
collaborates with SGT to create unique and fluid works of art
which fill the space

Three fascinating, imperfect people are trying to get better at being alive; Ilana, a world famous origami artist, barricades herself in her windowless studio with Sichuan beef take-out; Andy, a calculus teacher and avid origami fan, lists over 7,000 blessings in a small black book; Suresh, a teenage origami whiz, freestyles with ease through crease patterns and has trouble with boundaries.  This intriguing trio begins to mold and shape each other’s lives in much the same way they fold and crease their origami art.  Animals Out of Paper is “a love story, but with three people’s hearts involved” (Devon de Mayo, Director).

“Mr. Joseph’s observant, pitch-perfect script...is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly…with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness of hope.” - The New York Times

In the Press

"EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES"

- Albert Williams, Chicago READER

 

"★★★½...McKenna, Wiens and Serequeberhan perfectly embody these complex characters, their triumphs and conflicts with one another, and their endless questions for connection and fulfillment."

- Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

 

"Christine Edison's origami work is fantastic...★★★"

- Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

 

"Like origami, the play unfolds over and over again creating breathtaking pictures and images...a MUST-SEE WORK OF ART that is both astonishing and absolutely bursting with heart...Highly Recommended."

- Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

 

"A damned near flawless production...a heartfelt valentine to art as a spiritual pursuit."

- Hugh Iglarsh, Newcity

 

"A beautifully written piece, evocative of the fragility of the human heart."

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

"★★★...Mind-blowing origami forms by local artist Christine Edison, which add a layer of richness."

- Kevin McDonald, Time Out Chicago

Follow our blog for more background info about artists and the world of the play.

 

Cast & Crew

CAST

Cortney McKenna*` (Ilana)

Awate Serequeberhan (Suresh)

Joseph Wiens*` (Andy)

 

Understudies: Steve Peebles*, Elisa Dei^, & Abdu Hytrek

 

CREW

Rajiv Joseph (playwright)

Devon de Mayo (director)

Christine Edison (origami artist)

Grant Sabin (scenic designer)

Sarah Jo White* (costume designer)

Brian Healy (lighting designer)

Stephen Gawrit (sound designer)

David Antonio Reed (props master)

Stephanie Hurovitz (stage manager)

Amanda Rozmiarek* (technical director)

Michael Trudeau (master electrician)

Kelly Clausen (production manager)

Steve Peebles* (assistant director)

Juli Del Prete (assistant stage manager)

Milo Bue (assistant scenic designer)

Vivian Knouse* (co-props master)

 

*denotes Shattered Globe Ensemble Member

^denotes current Shattered Globe Protege

`denotes member of Actors' Equity