Shattered Globe Theatre :: Chicago Theater

Mill Fire

Written by Sally Nemeth
Directed by Sandy Shinner

April 24 – June 7, 2014
Show Times:
Thursday through Saturday: 8pm
Sunday: 3pm
Performance Location:
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657 (see map)
Tickets from $18
Purchase using the calendar at right or calling (773) 975-8150
Running Time:
1:40 with one 15 minute intermission
Sally Nemeth’s MILL FIRE takes audiences to Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1978. As the town struggles to mourn the loss of several factory workers in a terrible accident, widow Marlene refuses both the pressure to grieve as convention dictates and the blood money offered by the mill’s owners. With an ever-shifting temporal landscape that shapes the story through flashback and memory, a Greek chorus of fellow widows, and emotionally charged familial subplots, MILL FIRE examines the many definitions of sorrow and the complexities of moving on.


Ken Bradley…Bo
Daria Harper…Widow
Darren Jones…Jemison
Rebecca Jordan*…Sunny
Kate LoConti*…Marlene
Deanna Reed-Foster…Widow
Drew Schad*…Champ
Angie Shriner*…Widow
Kevin Viol*…Minister / OSHA Investigator


Sandy Shinner*…Director
Jeff Bauer…Set Designer
Chistopher Kriz…Sound Designer
Vivian Knouse…Props Designer
Sarah Jo White*…Costume Designer
Susan Gosdick…Dialect Coach
Jeffrey Stokes…Stage Manager
Charlie Cooper…Lighting Designer
Amanda Rozmiarek*… Technical Director
Danny Osburn…Master Electrician
Judy Anderson*…Production Manager
Kat Warner…Production Manager
Rosie Chevalier*…Producer
Zoe Claster…Assistant Director
Audra Yokley…Assistant Director
David Abramov…Assistant Stage Manager
David Abramov, Jessica Carson, Andrew Hildner, Steve Peebles*, Drew Schad*, Sean Tait, Kat Warner, SGT Ensemble, & SGT Proteges…Build Crew

*Shattered Globe Ensemble Member


Chicago native Sally Nemeth is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and author of young adult fiction. Her plays include Holy Days, Water Play and Sally’s Shorts. Mill Fire opened in New York in 1989 after its world premiere at Chicago’s at Goodman Theatre the same year. Nemeth began her career in television – she has produced a documentary and worked for every major network, after getting her start on NBC’s Law and Order. Knopf/Yearling has published her novel, “The Heights, the Depths, and Everything In Between.”

Sandy Shinner recently directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for Remy Bumppo Theatre as well as God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at the University of Virginia. The former Associate Artistic Director of Victory Gardens, Ms. Shinner created the IGNITION! Festival, was co-director of the nationally known Access Project and directed premieres of new work by Joel Drake Johnson, Claudia Allen, Jeffrey Sweet, Dean Corrin, John Logan, Steve Carter, Sarah Ruhl, Theresa Rebeck, Aditi Brennan Kapil and Kathleen Tolan, among others. She received the 2013 Kathryn V. Lamkey Spirit Award from Actors’ Equity Association for her commitment to non-traditional casting and equal opportunity. She has directed at Steppenwolf’s First Look Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville’s Humana Festival, the Phoenix Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, and New York’s 78th Street Theater Lab, among others. She is an adjunct professor at DePaul University.