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Photo Flash: Shattered Globe Theatre Premieres FIVE MILE LAKE

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to continue its 2017-18 Season with Rachel Bonds' new drama FIVE MILE LAKE, directed by Cody Estle. This Chicago premiere asks the question, "In this rapidly transforming world, when is the right time to make a major change in your life? What holds you back?" FIVE MILE LAKE will play January 11 - February 24, 2018 at SGT's resident home Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 15 at www.shatteredglobe.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3 pm.

FIVE MILE LAKE features Shattered Globe ensemble members Steve Peebles*, Drew Schad*, Joseph Wiens* and SGT artistic associate Daniela Colucci+ with Aila Peck.

"That 'couple years' of treading water turned into like...eight." - Mary, Five Mile Lake
Five young adults approaching thirty navigate an unexpected reunion in a small Pennsylvania town: the kind of claustrophobic place that most kids grow up ready to leave. On the banks of a frozen lake, each struggles to make a new choice - the "right" choice - and comes face-to-face with the choices they have already made.

FIVE MILE LAKE is a funny, intimate portrait of unrequited love, tension among siblings, the discomfort of self-reflection, and the consequences of words left unsaid. Bonds creates a "pitch perfect evocation of small moments with life-sized repercussions." (Adrien-Alice Hansel, Studio Theatre).

Comments Director Cody Estle, "Five Mile Lake is a funny and moving portrait of small town people -both the people who stayed and the people who moved away. Sometimes everyone else's life looks better from a distance but what really defines happiness? Coming from a small town myself and being around the age of these characters brings a special connection - it's a story that I'm eager to tell. It's filled with family, dreams and hope - I think it will engage, move and inspire audiences."

Playwright Rachel Bonds adds, "I wrote this play because I was thinking a lot about the place I'm from and about the constant push-pull I feel about it. At times I think there's nowhere I feel more at home than in that tiny, tiny mountain town - and times, walking down the whirling, vibrating, city streets, when I can't believe I managed to spend 18 years there. I wrote this play because I was interested in that conflict in me, and because I was interested in how we look for and find home when we've lost our way."

Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner comments, "The writing in Five Mile Lake is a gift to actors as they explore the tension between what the characters say and what they feel. In this season of all Chicago premieres, Shattered Globe is excited to welcome playwright Rachel Bonds to our theater. She'll be joining us during the creative process and we look forward to introducing her to Chicago's theater community and our audiences."

The production team for FIVE MILE LAKE includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Hailey Rakowiecki (costume design), JR Lederle (lighting design), Christopher Kriz+ (original music and sound design), Vivian Knouse* (props design), Eva Breneman (dialect coach), A.J. Roy (asst. director), Judy Anderson* (exec. production manager), Colin David (production manager), Denise Savas (stage manager) and Ayanna Wimberley (asst. stage manager).

Photo Credit: Evan Hanover



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