February 12 – March 13, 2016
by Sarah Gubbins
directed by Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz
“A FUNNY PLAY…about good old American family dysfunction. Gubbins crafts a portrait of urban frustrations and family resentment that resonates.”
“HILARIOUS. Laugh-out-loud funny. Audiences are locked and loaded for theater that’s effectively entertaining and uncomfortable, just as a compelling play should be.”
Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor’s troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens’ Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
In drama ‘Cocked,’ a gun is just the beginning of couple’s problems
Finger on the Trigger
-Chicago Theatre Review
Gun Control Made Personal
Gun angst in Andersonville
-Windy City Times
15 Chicago theater shows to see in February
Public Programs is an event series designed to enhance your experience by exploring themes and issues in Victory Gardens’ plays. Connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between our audiences and our productions.
After every performance of COCKED (unless otherwise noted)
February 4 | Thursday| 7:00 p.m.
February 16 | Tuesday | 7:30 p.m.
Post-Show Artist Talk
February 17 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.
Post-Show Panel Conversation
February 18 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
Post-Show Panel Conversation
February 22 | Monday | 7:30 p.m.
A Free Performance Celebrating Women in the Arts
February 24 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Spoken Word Performance
February 25 | Thursday | 7:30 p.m.
Post-Show Town Hall
February 27 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Post-Show Panel Discussion
March 3 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
Free Post-Show Performance
|Sarah Gubbins (Playwright)
Plays include Fair Use, The Drinking Problem, The Kid Thing (Jeff Award 2012 and Edgarton Foundation New American Play Award 2011), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, and Cocked. Her plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, Actor’s Express, 7 Stages, About Face Theater and Chicago Dramatists, among others. Her plays have been developed at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Center Theatre Group, O’Neill Theatre Center, the Lark, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, among others. She has been a Carl J. Djerassi Fellow and Jerome Fellow. She has been commissioned by The Steppenwolf Theatre, DePaul University, and the Actors Theater of Louisville. She is a proud Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center and a member of gender parity advocacy group, The Kilroys. She holds a M.F.A. from Northwestern University. She is currently living in Los Angeles.
|Joanie Schultz (Director)
Joanie Schultz is the Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater. Victory Gardens Theater: The Whale, Rest. Chicago: Venus in Fur (Goodman Theatre); A Small Fire, The Cheats, Martyr, Luther (Steep Theatre); The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists); The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Next Theatre); Northanger Abbey (Remy Bumppo Theatre); Bruise Easy (American Theater Company); Spinning (Irish Theatre Chicago); Yankee Tavern (American Blues Theatre); Neighborhood 3 (Strawdog); The Hundred Flowers Project (Silk Road Rising), fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life (Steppenwolf for Young Adults); 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake. Opera: Bluebeard’s Castle, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Acis and Galatea, Carmen. Fellowships: Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG, Drama League Fellowship, The Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, SDCF Denham Fellowship, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. MFA in Directing (Northwestern University). Ensemble Member: Steep Theatre. Theater Faculty Member: Columbia College, University of Chicago.
|Patrese D. McClain (Izzie)
Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse); White Guy On The Bus (Northlight, Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress 2015); Tartuffe, Misanthrope, Spunk (Court Theatre, Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Spunk 2011); August Wilson Celebration: Piano Lesson (Goodman/Fleetwood-jourdain). Regional: Two Trains Running (GEVA Theatre Center); Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Mustard Seed), For Colored Girls, No Child… (Black Rep, St. Louis Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for No Child… 2013). TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Sirens,” “Detroit 1-8-7.” Patrese is the Executive Director of Pure ART, a company member of Collaboraction Theatre, and a resident teaching artist with Court Theatre.
|Kelli Simpkins (Taylor)
Original creator/performer of The Laramie Project (Off-Broadway, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep., LaJolla Playhouse). Chicago: Spill (Timeline, Swine Palace); Teddy Ferrara (Goodman Theatre); The Kid Thing (Chicago Dramatists, Jeff Nomination for Principle Actor 2011); Pony (About Face); In Darfur (Timeline); Late: A Cowboy Song (Piven); The Laramie Tour: TLP & TLP Epilogue, Celebrity Row (American Theater Company);Fair Use, Good Boys and True, One Arm (Steppenwolf); Execution of Justice (About Face). Regional: The People’s Temple (The Guthrie, Perseverance and Berkeley Rep.); I Think I Like Girls (Cherry Lane Theater/LaJolla Playhouse). Film/TV: A League of Their Own, Chasing Amy, “Betrayal,” “Empire,” “Law & Order: CI,” “The Laramie Project” (Emmy nomination: Ensemble Writing). Recipient of the Chicago 3Arts Award.
|Mike Tepeli (Frank)
Last Train to Nibroc (Haven); Great Expectations (Strawdog); The Original Grease, It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theatre Company), Burnt Part Boys (Griffin); Big River, Elephant Man(BoHo). Regional: Troilus and Cressida (Taffety Punk).
Set Design…………………….Chelsea Warren
Costume Design…………………..Janice Pytel
Lighting Design………………..Sarah Hughey
Sound Design…………………..Thomas Dixon
Fight Director……………………Sam Hubbard
Props Master……………………….Aimee Plant
Assistant Director……………..Lexi Saunders
Production Stage Manager…..Tina M. Jach
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