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It is with tremendous excitement that we welcome friends, old and new, to our 43rd Season at Victory Gardens Theater. We continue to give a Chicago home to the most electrifying and diverse voices in American theater. We are proud to present these timely and powerful stories that celebrate and address our citizenship and humanity, creating meaningful dialogue that unify all communities in these current times.

-Chay Yew
Victory Gardens Artistic Director


Victory Gardens Theater Managing Director Erica Daniels on our 17/18 Season

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Fun Home

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Gary Griffin

September 19 – November 12, 2017

Hailed as one of Broadway’s most original musicals and winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations – from her coming out to her moving journey of acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls “extraordinary,” and “a rare beauty.”

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Fade

By Victory Gardens Theater Ensemble Playwright Tanya Saracho
Directed by Teatro Vista Ensemble Member Sandra Marquez
A Co-Production with Teatro Vista

November 4 – December 23, 2017

In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers leading to unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).

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Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate

By Antoinette Nwandu
Directed by Lisa Portes

February 9 – March 11, 2018

What happens when a woman trapped in a dead-end job and a fizzling relationship accidentally gets pregnant by a man that she’s not dating? A coming-of- age story about race, class and motherhood, Breach by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes, examines how hard it is to love others when it’s you that you loathe most of all.

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Doing It

By Boo Killebrew
Directed by Chay Yew
The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Commissioning Program Award Recipient

April 6 – May 6, 2018

After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted by her past and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Doing It, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew (A Wonder In My Soul, The House That Will Not Stand) marks playwright Boo Killebrew’s Victory Gardens Theater debut.

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Mies Julie

By Yaël Farber
Directed by Dexter Bullard
Adapted from August Strindberg’s Miss Julie

May 25-June 24, 2018

In a sweltering kitchen of a remote farm, laborer John and Mies Julie, the daughter of his white master, embark on a feverish night. Fueled by drink, heat, generation-deep resentments and primal passion, John and Julie’s deadly attraction spins dangerously out of control. Dexter Bullard (Sucker Punch) directs Yaël Farber’s Mies Julie, an explosive and simmering adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play set against the poignant backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa.

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