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All photos by Tom McGrath/TCMCG Photography 

Another Jungle by Kristin Idaszak

Directed by Tara Branham

April 10-29, 2018 at The Buena (4147 N. Broadway St, Chicago)

The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses – only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family’s Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past. Inspired by ​Upton Sinclair's groundbreaking novel​​,​ Another Jungle explores the misuse of power, the way narratives get co-opted, and the way identity accretes over the course of generations. Another Jungle is a 2017 Honorable Mention recipient of the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award.

Featuring: Ellenor Riley-Condit (Writer), Gregory Geffrard (Stage Manager), Rich Holton (Mike), and Paula Ramirez (Inés)


Creative Team: Kacey Bradshaw (Assistant Stage Manager), Dominic DiGiovanni (Technical Direction), Andrea Enger (Production Stage Manager), Sarah Espinoza (Sound Design), Lila Gilbert (Production Manager), Jared Gooding (Lighting Design), Tanuja Jagernauth (Dramaturgy), Gaby Labotka (Fight Choreographer), Joshua Lee (Assistant Fight Choreographer) Angela McIlvain (Props Master/Puppets/Scenic Artist), Catherine Miller (Assistant Director), Shaun Renfro (Scenic Design), and Anna Wooden (Costume Design).

Another Jungle was a co-production with The Syndicate, an ensemble theater company that produces new plays by women, queer, and trans artists. As an international network, The Syndicate seeks to expand professional opportunities in the field for both our members and fellow artists. Our work advocates for diversity, both in how we tell stories and whose stories we tell.


This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Another Jungle was developed with support from the Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowship Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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