Victory Gardens Theater's 2013/14 Season
Your Home for New Plays
“I'm most excited by the relevance and power of these plays that speak to the pressing issues of our city and nation. The 2013-14 Season represents an expansion of our programming at Victory Gardens. Not only am I proud to welcome one of my favorite actors and good friend Sandra Oh, but also the acclaimed director Gary Griffin and Chicago's newest addition, Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, several national theatre artists have also lent their voice to our cause, expressing a firm belief in our mission, vision and endeavors. Plus, we're furthering our reach into new, culturally diverse communities by inviting and cultivating several new resident companies to perform in our space. There's a lot of excitement and theater happening."
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Gary Griffin
World Premiere with Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival
Nov 8 - Dec 8
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarchís estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their fatherís possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Acclaimed director Gary Griffin
(Chicago Shakespeare Theaterís Sunday In The Park With George and Follies) directs a potent and exciting play about the trouble with inheritance, memory loss, and the art of repression. Appropriate was developed and workshopped through Victory Gardensí IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012.
THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS
by Marcus Gardley
directed by Chay Yew
Feb 21 - March 23
It is 1996 and the streets of Bronzeville are set ablaze by crime, evictions, gun and gang violence. No one knows this better than Reverend Isaac Seer and his wife, both who just lost their only son to a senseless homicide. Now, they must decide whether to leave their home in the embattled Ida B. Wells Projects, or stay to lead their community towards an uncertain future. Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley
pens this powerful, poetical, gospel-inspired drama about life, love and loss in Chicago’s South Side community.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
by Ariel Dorfman
directed by Chay Yew
New Play Classic
June 13 - July 13
Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a rocky new democracy. Gerardo has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by a kind doctor. Sandra Oh
(the award-winning star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy
) plays Gerardo’s wife, Paulina, who thinks she recognizes the doctor as the man who tormented her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before. A riveting play about revenge, trauma and forgiveness.
The hottest, most exciting companies from around the city, personally invited by Chay to amplify your subscription.
Participating companies will be announced in Spring 2013.