Special Events

In addition to Victory Garden’s annual Chicago Stories Gala, Victory Gardens produces additional events whose proceeds directly support our mission to develop new American plays and nurture American playwrights. For information on upcoming events please contact Brittany Barnes, Development Manager, at bbarnes@victorygardens.org.

Death and the Maiden Meet-and-Greet

On May 18, 2014 Victory Gardens board member, Pamella Capitanini and her husband, Alfredo, opened their home for an exclusive meet and greet with the cast for Death and the Maiden.

View Facebook Album of photos from event.


Back Row (Left to Right): Charles E. Harris, II (board), Hollis Griffin, Raul Castillo (cast), John Judd (cast), Gabrielle Griffin (board), Pamella Capitanini (board and host), Chay Yew (Victory Gardens’ Artistic Director and Death and the Maiden director)
Front Row (Left to Right): Sidney Lee (board), Chris Mannelli (Victory Gardens’ Managing Director), Sandra Oh (cast), Anupy Singla (board)


On April 25, 2014 Victory Gardens opened its home for the second PROGRESSIVE party. PROGRESSIVE is a night of transformed theater with music, food, drinks, and specially curated performances that raises funds for developing new plays and playwrights for the American theater. We express deep gratitude to everyone who helped make the event a success!

Steve and Diane Miller, Event Sponsors

Virginia Fitzgerald, The County Fair Sponsor
V Chilli events, Poonam Creations, and Rasaka Theatre Co, The Indian Wedding Sponsor
Sylvia and Larry Margolies, The Soul Club Sponsors

Special Thanks to:

Alfredo & Pamella Capitanini &

Italian Village Restraurants Berghoff Catering

Southwest AirlinesPopcorn Asylum

View the Facebook Album of photos from the event AND photos from the photo booth

Chicago Stories Gala 2013

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.