Shattered Globe Theatre continues its 2016-17 season with the Chicago premiere of Meg Miroshnik’s drama The Tall Girls, about five young women in the 1930s rural Midwest who discover a way to escape their crumbling town by playing basketball, at Theater Wit.
Directed by ensemble member Louis Contey, The Tall Girls plays through February 25. Performances began January 12 with an official opening set for January 15 at 3 PM.
The Tall Girls features SGT ensemble members Christina Gorman, Angie Shriner, and Joseph Wiens, former SGT members Tina Muñoz Pandya and Abbey Smith, and Tracey Green.
Here’s how the drama is billed: “As Jean gets off the train in Poor Prairie, a dusty speck on the map during the Depression, she meets a handsome man holding a cloth bag that conceals a brand new basketball. Jean has been exiled to what she fears is her ‘grave town’ to be caretaker for her wild younger cousin. Haunt Johnny has a checkered past of his own, but he knows how to coach. In true pioneering spirit, the town’s girls build a basketball team that just might be their means of escape to a better life. Inspired by the 1930’s basketball teams in the rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks, ‘Who can afford the luxury of play? And will these young women prevail against a town hell bent on crushing their dreams?’”
The production team includes Amanda Rozmiarek (scenic design), Sarah Jo White (costume design), Charles Cooper (lighting design), Christopher Kriz (sound design), Jamie Karas (props design), Drew Schad (assistant director), and Denise Savas (stage manager).
Theater Wit is located at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. For more information on Shattered Globe Theatre, visit ShatteredGlobe.org. Tickets are available at TheaterWit.org or by calling (773) 975-8150.