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 | EXTENDED through Dec 14, 2013
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Acclaimed director Gary Griffin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Sunday In The Park With George and Follies) directs a potent and exciting play about the trouble with inheritance and the art of repression. Appropriate was developed and workshopped through Victory Gardens’ IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012.
Gospel of Lovingkindness
by Marcus Gardley | directed by Chay Yew | Feb 21 – March 23, 2014
After Emanuel is murdered for his new pair of Air Jordans, his mother, Mary, rebuilds her life in the Bronzeville neighborhood she calls home. As fervent and poetic as a gospel hymn, this potent drama about faith, family and loss was inspired by true events.
Death and the Maiden
by Ariel Dorfman | directed by Chay Yew | June 13 – July 13, 2014
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 Resident Theater Program
Featuring Bailiwick Chicago, Rasaka Theatre Company, Sideshow Theatre Company, and Teatro Vista.