Your World Off Stage Conversation Series

An online conversation series
May 20Aug 12, 2020
Featuring2020/21 Season Artists
Curated byVictory Gardens Staff

Join us for a free conversation series with artists from our upcoming season!

These online lunchtime conversations take place on select Wednesdays and Fridays this spring and summer. Get the inside scoop on where our shows are at in the development process, learn about the inspiration for each of these plays, and ask your questions. More events to be added soon!

How It Works

Each conversation will take place over Zoom. To RSVP, click a conversation date on the calendar and click “Buy Tickets.” You’ll need to log in or create a VG account to complete your reservation. We’ll send you an email with details on how to access the conversation, one day before the event.

Detailed Schedule


Erica Daniels sits down with John Logan, VG Playwright Ensemble Alumnus and Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, for a discussion of arts in the time of COVID-19. Logan’s plays include Never the SinnerRiverview, Red, and Hauptmann. His film and television work includes Any Given Sunday, RKO 281, Gladiator, The Aviator, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Rango, Skyfall, Spectre, and Penny Dreadful. 

Curated by Kat Zukaitis, Literary Manager & Public Programs Coordinator  at Victory Gardens

Playwright Will Arbery and Director Jonathan Berry share early plans for their Chicago premiere.

Curated by Erica Daniels, Executive Director at Victory Gardens

What are the unique challenges and opportunities in creating a world premiere production for the stage? Hear from Playwright Ali Viterbi and Director Devon de Mayo on how they’re preparing to create a world from scratch.

Curated by Roxanna Conner, Director of Education and Human Resources at Victory Gardens

Playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza and Director Lili-Anne Brown talk about preparations to date for cullud wattah, and why telling this story in Chicago is so important.

Curated by Roxanna Conner, Director of Education and Human Resources at Victory Gardens

Wardell Julius Clark, director of Exit Strategy and Chicago actor, shares what he’s looking forward to while bringing part of Ike Holter’s acclaimed Rightlynd Saga to the stage.

Featured Artists

Will Arbery
Playwright, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Jonathan Berry
Director, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Lili-Anne Brown
Director, cullud wattah
Wardell Julius Clark
Director, Exit Strategy
Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Playwright, cullud wattah
John Logan
Playwrights Ensemble
Devon de Mayo
Director, In Every Generation
Ali Viterbi
Playwright, In Every Generation



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