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Pictured: The cast of BE HERE NOW (top, l to r) – Demetra Dee and Deanna Reed Foster with (bottom, l to r) Rebecca Jordan and Joe Wiens.
Shattered Globe Theatre has announced the lineup, partial casting, and directors for its 2019-20 season, which features two Chicago premieres.
Shattered Globe Theatre’s 2019-20 Season (from the press release):
September 5 – October 19, 2019
BE HERE NOW – Chicago Premiere!
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by SGT Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner
Featuring Ensemble members Deanna Reed Foster, Rebecca Jordan and Joe Wiens with Protégé Alumna Demetra Dee
Bari, an atheist and misanthrope, loses her job teaching nihilism in NYC and ends up working in a fulfillment center in her small hometown. Her empathetic co-workers push her toward yoga, meditation, and a blind date in the pursuit of happiness. But recently, her recurring headaches have gotten more intense, manifesting as ecstatic and almost religious experiences – and they are changing her entire outlook. She’s almost… happy! When she finds out that these rapturous headaches may be killing her, Bari needs to choose: does she live a shortened, joyful life – or does she risk a return to her past life of misery. Be Here Now takes audiences on a hilarious and poignant quest for meaning in modern life.
January 16 – February 29, 2020
SHEEPDOG – Chicago Premiere!
By Kevin Artigue
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark
Amina and Ryan are both officers in the Cleveland police force. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they are falling deeply and passionately in love. They pride themselves on moral and ethical conduct; they are officers committed to guarding the “sheep” (citizens) from the “wolves” (predators). When a police-involved shooting roils the department, the intoxication of young love spirals into confusion and self-doubt. This is a mystery inside a love story with high stakes and no easy answers. At breakneck speed, Amina’s dogged pursuit of the truth may exact a devastating toll.
April 23 – June 6, 2020
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING
By Andrew Bovell
Directed by Elizabeth Margolius
Shifting seamlessly from 1959 to 2039, an epic family saga unfolds across two continents and four generations. In the year 2039, rain falls in the desert of Australia as a father waits to reunite with his estranged son. A pivotal conversation unspools in London in 1988 as young Gabriel Law confronts his alcoholic mother about seven cryptic postcards his mysterious father sent from the outback. As Gabriel attempts to retrace his father’s footsteps, the past begins to inform the present. Rich and evocative, When the Rain Stops Falling creates a stunning thematic mosaic of secrecy, parentage and the echoing impact of the trespasses of those who came before.
The season takes place at Shattered Globe’s resident home, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. For more information visit shatteredglobe.org.