Our 2014/2015 Season Overview

As Victory Gardens Theater enters our 40th season, we celebrate four decades of adventurous, thrilling and luminous new American plays. This season, we continue to deepen existing artistic partnerships, forge new ones and invite more Chicago communities into our family to create vital, entertaining and relevant stories that speak to our lives.

– Artistic Director, Chay Yew

Rest

by VG Ensemble Playwright Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Joanie Schultz
September 12 – October 12, 2014
The Midwest Premiere

A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter (from last season’s hit The Whale) returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life’s unexpected beginnings and endings.


The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín
Directed by Dennis Začek
November 14 – December 14, 2014
Midwest Premiere

A 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, this incisive, intelligent and profoundly challenging work recounts in riveting detail Mary’s narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. Hailed as “beautiful and daring” by the New York Times, acclaimed author Colm Tóibín brings the world’s most famous mother to life in this fiercely lyrical solo play.


Samsara

by Lauren Yee
Directed by Seth Bockley
February 6 – March 8, 2015
World Premiere

Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three “parents” anxiously await the baby’s due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens’ IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.


An Issue of Blood

by VG Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley
Directed by Chay Yew
April 3 – May 3, 2015
World Premiere

It’s 1676 in Virginia – a time when class, not color, defined an American’s destiny. ​H​istoric figure and wealthy landowner Negro Mary​​ believes a vile curse has been cast upon her family and land. But her plans to break the curse are thwarted by a secret wedding, an interracial love triangle, and a crime of passion. Can Mary cheat fate and change the course of history? Or will ​their lives end in ​​division and destruction? In An Issue of Blood, Victory Gardens Ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and Artistic Director Chay Yew (​​The Gospel of Lovingkindness) look to a pivotal moment in our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.


The Who and the What

by Ayad Akhtar
June 12 – July 12, 2015
The Chicago Premiere

Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.