All of us here at Victory Gardens Theater would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the attendees of our annual Chicago Stories Gala. Funds raised on the evening not only help cultivate and showcase diverse new plays, but also support our outreach programs, which integrate vital arts education into Chicago Public Schools. We could not do it without you–our valued supporters, donors, patrons, and friends.
Funds raised through Chicago Stories Gala not only help cultivate and showcase diverse new plays, but also support our outreach programs, which integrate vital arts education into Chicago Public Schools.
Our 2016 Chicago Stories Gala featured original short plays by four local celebrity playwrights:
Cheryl Lynn Bruce, one of Chicago’s most popular actors, is a multiple Jeff Award-nominated actor/writer/director. At Victory Gardens she was most recently seen as Hillary in Hillary and Clinton and has also been featured in Victory Gardens’ productions of The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Eurydice, Snow Queen, and Voice of Good Hope. She has also performed at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Court, and Northlight theaters.
Artist Kerry James Marshall is known for his large scale paintings and sculptures. He received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” award in 1997. Chicago’s MCA is presenting a major survey of his work: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, through late October. The show moves to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art later in the year and will be presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2017.
Actor Denis O’Hare won a host of awards for Take Me Out including the Tony Award and also received recognition for his performances in the revivals of Assassins and Sweet Charity. He studied theater at Northwestern University and has won several Jeff Awards including one for his performance in Victory Gardens’ production of Hauptmann. Most recently he co-wrote An Iliad and The Good Book (both produced by Court Theater). On television he has been seen in American Horror Story and True Blood, and his films include Milk, Dallas Buyers Club, and Charlie Wilson’s War.
Actor BD Wong won many awards, including the Tony, for M Butterfly and was also in the Broadway revivals of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Pacific Overtures. His television work includes Law & Order SVU and Oz, while his films include Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Father of the Bride (1 and 2), and Disney’s Mulan.
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