Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew, Managing Director Chris Mannelli, Board President Steve Miller, and Chicago Stories Gala Chair Stephanie Pendexter, celebrated its premier fundraising event, The 23rd Annual Chicago Stories Benefit, featuring a special memorial tribute to Roger Ebert on Friday, Oct 25.
Nearly 250 guests gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago, to celebrate and support the work of Victory Gardens, enjoying cocktails, a three-course gourmet dinner, silent auction, and three short plays. The evening raised nearly $300,000 to support the work and mission of Victory Gardens.
View the Facebook Album of photos from the event
Victory Gardens Chicago Stories benefit is tailored to Victory Gardens’ dedication to the playwright and mission of producing new works. Work by celebrity playwright Lin Brehmer, (Morning DJ, 93XRT & Host, Lin’s Bin) and up-and-coming playwright/ChiArts (Chicago’s High School for the Performing Arts) student Zoë Morgan, directed by Dennis Zacek and Chey Yew, respectively, were performed by professional actors at the event. The third play at this year’s gala paid tribute to Roger Ebert with a remount of his 1993 Chicago Stories play, directed by Joanie Schultz.
Proceeds from this unique event will help underwrite the cost of producing world premieres, providing education programs for Chicago Public Schools, offering assistive devices to the disabled community, and making theater available to underserved and disabled audiences.
The 2013 Chicago Stories playwrights join the ranks of past celebrity playwrights, including Rick Bayless, Jeff Garlin, Phil Jackson, Candace Jordan, Bill Kurtis, John Mahoney, Lisa Madigan, Mike Royko, William Petersen, Peter Sagal and Judy Baar Topinka.
Join us on Friday April 25, 2014 for PROGRESSIVE: a party of themed rooms and unique experiences. Located at Victory Gardens Theater, it will showcase and celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary season in 2014/15. Check back for more details.