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Chicago premiere of ‘How to Use a Knife’

Shattered Globe Theatre (SGT) will conclude its 2017-18 Season with the Chicago premiere of Will Snider’s fast-paced gritty drama, “How to Use a Knife.” Directed by SGT Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner, it will play April 26 – June 9, 2018 at SGT’s resident home – Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

“How to Use a Knife” will feature Shattered Globe ensemble Brad Woodard with Michelle Bester, Peter DeFaria, Dennis García, Anthony Irons, Dillon Kelleher and Víctor Maraña.

In the chaotic kitchen of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George is trying to stay sober and keep the cross-cultural kitchen staff churning out orders on time. While dealing with two trash-talking line cooks, a naïve busboy and a jerk of a boss, George strikes up a surprising friendship with an unassuming dishwasher. The heat is turned up when secrets from their pasts are exposed. Raw, fast-paced and funny, “How to Use a Knife” serves up plenty of food for thought.

“Shattered Globe is thrilled to produce Will Snider’s ‘How to Use a Knife’ which I enjoyed several years ago in an early reading at the National New Play Network and have been pursuing ever since,” comments Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner. “The overwhelmingly positive response from audiences and artists across the country during the play’s rolling world premiere is a tribute to Will’s compelling story and the energy and musicality of his dialogue. This is a playwright to watch. The Shattered Globe Theatre is proud to introduce Will’s work to Chicago audiences.”

Playwright Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His play “How to Use a Knife” received a Rolling World Premiere through National New Play Network, won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, and was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award. Other plays include “The Big Man” (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays), “Strange Men” and “Death of a Driver.” His work has been developed at MCC, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, The Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, #serials@theflea, the claque and MAKEHOUSE. He is an alumnus of Youngblood and received an EST/Soan Grant and The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

The director of “How to Use A Knife,” Sandy Shinner, joined Shattered Globe Theatre in October 2013 as the theater’s first producing artistic director. She has directed over 80 plays at theaters including Victory Gardens (VG). She directed Scott McPherson’s “Marvin’s Room” in 2015 and Sally Nemeth’s “Mill Fire” at SGT in 2014 for SGT. As the former associate artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater, she created the nationally known IGNITION! Festival, served as co-director of the Access Project, and accepted the 2001 Regional Theater Tony Award on behalf of VG with former Artistic Director Dennis Zacek and former Managing Director Marcelle McVay.

For performance information on-line go to:, call (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

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