Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has come to an end, we want to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the TOP 10 moments at Victory Gardens Theater that made 2015 unforgettable!
10. SAMSARA: Lauren Yee’s hilarious and heartfelt look at one couple’s journey into parenthood, directed by the dynamic Seth Bockley. Samsara was recently named one of the top comedies of 2015 by Newcity Stage.
9. 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays: We explored and celebrated 7 new plays from 7 incredible playwrights in mid-July with a record number of festival audience attendees.
8. AN ISSUE OF BLOOD: Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley’s “powerful” artistic response to the untimely and heartbreaking deaths of young African American boys across the country. Gardley returns in June with The House That Will Not Stand: a portrait of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. Click here for more.
7. THE WHO & THE WHAT: Tony Award-nominated playwright Ayad Akhtar teamed up with director Ron OJ Parson to bring his “funny and smart” hit family dramedy to Chicago last spring.
6. Double Your Impact: In June we were honored to receive a matching gift grant. Every gift made between now and June 30, 2016 counts twice! Get in on the action by clicking here.
5. NEVER THE SINNER: Directed by Chicago great Gary Griffin and penned by Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan, this “chilling” look at the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924 thrilled audiences.
4. SUCKER PUNCH: The 2015/16 Season began with the Midwest premiere of acclaimed playwright Roy Williams’ knockout hit. Director Dexter Bullard beautifully staged this “bloody brilliant” window into the Brixton Riots that took place in London in the 1980s.
3. THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS Community Tour: Over the past 12 months we have taken Marcus Gardley’s hit play out into the greater Chicago community. Free performances of this moving play took place in Pilsen, Beverly, and Englewood. Performances will continue this spring in Bronzeville and Humboldt Park.
2. Public Programs: This year Victory Gardens produced over 50 public programs, which included 250 community partners and engaged 3,000 plus people.
1. YOU: A special thank you to you for being such an important and wonderful part of our year. Thanks to your support, we surpassed our $50,000 year end fundraising goal. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We can’t wait to see you at our theater in 2016!
Your Victory Gardens Theater Family