Synopsis

In the wake of her recent divorce, origami artist Ilana has barricaded herself in her studio—surrounded by paper cranes and Chinese take-out boxes.  Her seclusion is interrupted by Andy, an energetic high school teacher, and his student prodigy Suresh, who urge Ilana back into the world. Animals Out of Paper is a funny, poignant play about the collision of mismatched people and the complicated ways we hurt, heal and love those around us.

Animals Out of Paper is a part of Next Up: three productions showcasing Chicago's next generation of artists, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design.

Watch & Listen

  1. Next Up: Animals out of Paper in Production

    Next Up: Animals out of Paper in Production

  2. Next Up: Animals out of Paper

    Next Up: Animals out of Paper

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author: Rajiv Joseph
  • Directed by: Jaclynn Jutting
  • Scene Design by: Emily Tarleton
    Costume Design by: Mekey Guberinic
    Lighting Design by: Nastassia Jimenez
    Sound Design by: Andre Pluess

The Cast

Program Articles

FIVE MINUTES WITH... Next Up Director Jaclynn Jutting

A short interview with Animals out of Paper director Jaclynn Jutting with the Director of Northwestern University’s MFA directing program and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro.

FIVE MINUTES WITH... Next Up Director Jaclynn Jutting

A short interview with Animals out of Paper director Jaclynn Jutting with the Director of Northwestern University’s MFA directing program and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro.

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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