For Shattered Globe Theatre’s “Meet John Doe,” lead actor Joe Forbrich was photographed on the roof of the Chicago Cultural Center. The resulting poster was delivered inside a mock newspaper that served two purposes — it was a promo that set up the action of the play, and it was used within the play as a prop.
The plot: during the Depression, a struggling reporter writes a fictitious story about a man 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, the story propels him to become a populist hero, a presidential candidate, and a pawn of big business.