Free Audio Recordings of Past Productions

In the 1990s, LA Theatre Works came to Chicago and recorded plays with many of the Chicago theatres, including Victory Gardens. They have shared two of those play recordings, which are FREE FOR ALL to enjoy through July 15, 2020. We hope you find them as wonderful as we do!

Still Waters

By Claudia Allen, VG Playwrights Ensemble Alumna
Directed by Sandy Shinner
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Originally played at Victory Gardens March 1-April 1, 1991

Meg Thalken as Myrtle
Barbara June Patterson as Daisy
Mary Mulligan as Bernadette
Tim Sheridan as Eli
Nancy Lollar as Charlotte
Deanna Dunagan as Gertie
Joe D. Lauck as Tom
Larry Neumann Jr. as Orvis

The Reverend Myrtle, an ordained minister, is the daughter of a country preacher (the denomination is not specified, but clues point to her being Presbyterian). Since her father’s death some years earlier, she has filled the pulpit of his church–protocol for a “supply” preacher (analogous to a substitute teacher), particularly since World War II has made menfolk somewhat scarce in this part of rural Michigan and women have assumed many formerly male occupations. (As well as their pastimes–Myrtle and her mother arm wrestle at the kitchen table. “Are you Japan this time or am I?” “It’s your turn to be Italy.”) But with the end of the war the conservative congregation, led by the scripture-quoting local sheriff, votes to replace Myrtle with a preacher “who can talk man-to-man with God.” The rival candidate is patently unqualified for the post (“He can’t even pronounce the biblical names right!” complains Daisy), and a substantial portion of the flock favors keeping Myrtle as its spiritual leader. There is also a hint of revenge in Sheriff Orvis’s campaign; when they were children, he was sweet on Myrtle, who had eyes only for Jesus. (Source: Chicago Reader)

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Drowning Sorrows

By Douglas Post, VG Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus
Directed by Curt Columbus, VG Artistic Associate
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Originally played at Victory Gardens November 15-December 15, 1996

Keli Garrett as Gina Frances
Harry Hamlin as Duncan Crawford
Martha Lavey as Emily Miles
Andrew Leman as Raymond Miles
Paul Winfield as Cole Rucker

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A kind of dramatic Rorschach test, Douglas Post’s psychological puzzler forces audiences to fill in some tantalizing blanks. A Manhattan heiress visits the Virgin Islands, “not on a vacation, but a vendetta.” Arriving at an isolated cabana with her British husband Raymond, Emily decides that the bartender, Duncan, is the guy who jilted her 20 years earlier. Raymond knows that finding her betrayer will end his wife’s search for the first–and worst–love of her life, and he’s willing to pay Duncan $10,000 to play along with her. (Source: Chicago Reader)

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