For Shattered Globe Theatre’s production of “Meet John Doe,” lead actor Joe Forbrich was photographed on the roof of the Chicago Cultural Center as a proxy for the play’s “City Hall.”
The poster was delivered inside a mock newspaper that served two purposes — it was an advertisement that set up the action of the play, and it was used within the play as a prop.
The plot: during the Depression, a reporter writes a fictitious column about a man named “John Doe” who is distraught over America’s neglect of the little people. The story quickly spreads, and everyone wants to find this John Doe. To save her job, the reporter enlists a homeless man to portray Doe. Unwittingly, her phony story propels him to become a populist hero, a presidential candidate, and a pawn of big business.
To help promote the play, campaign buttons were made, encouraging people to visit the website.