Quirky, Poignant Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a variety show like no other in The Midnight City, an amalgamation of storytelling, videography and visual art from notorious local artist and urban provocateur Tony Fitzpatrick and his friend and Chicago Cubs devotee Stan Klein. Drawing from real-life conversations, the imposing Irishman and his slighter, shyer Jewish friend explore hard truths, personal anecdotes and current events as they orbit around major life events including Fitzpatrick's pending move to New Orleans to draw birds and Klein's job working for his favorite baseball team. Peppered with original works by video artist Kristin Reeves, The Midnight City is an utterly singular theatrical experience built on a most unlikely friendship. Learn More
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By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Jaclynn Jutting
Featuring Amy J. Carle, Derek Hasenstab and Adam Poss
Animals Out of Paper is one of three productions from Chicago’s next generation of artists presented in repertory at The Garage. NEXT UP is presented in collaboration with Northwestern University’s MFA programs in Direction and Design, and will feature the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors.
Playwright Rajiv Joseph described his inspiration for the play in a 2008 interview: “I came into the subject in a strange way, since I don’t fold origami at all,” he explains. “I had always been interested in writing a play about a young prodigy. I’ve always liked chess, but chess-prodigy stories have been done. One night I was sitting on a Greyhound bus next to a woman who was folding origami and we started talking. She told me she teaches children origami, and she noted that every once in a while, a kid will understand how to fold in a way that most other people cannot. She said these kids ‘see folds before they happen,’ which I thought was fascinating, and which led me to the creation of this play.”