Chicago playwright and actor James Sherman will return to Chicago with his original solo play THE BEN HECHT SHOW after touring it throughout the country. The play depicts the life of the legendary playwright/screenwriter (THE FRONT PAGE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, GONE WITH THE WIND) who was raised in an assimilated Jewish upbringing but became an important Jewish-American voice. Hecht, the first American journalist to write about the Nazi atrocities during World War Two, risked his own career to aid the Zionists in the creation of Israel. Using Hecht’s own words, Sherman portrays his amazing story of Jewish consciousness and social activism.
Student tickets and Festival Passes may only be purchased in person or over the phone with the Victory Gardens Box Office.