Victory Gardens Mainstage Events

An African-American family sitting on a sofa
The First Deep Breath
World Premiere
ByLee Edward Colston II
Directed bySteve H. Broadnax III
Nov 15 - Dec 22, 2019
Originally developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays, The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones who is planning a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet’s nest of long-buried secrets.
Five college-age women posing in front of a plain backdrop
How to Defend Yourself
Co-World Premiere with Actors Theatre of Louisville
Byliliana padilla
Directed byMarti Lyons
Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020
How to Defend Yourself circles around seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to “not be a victim”, how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire–lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one’s body and sense of belonging.
Sindhi food
Dhaba on Devon Avenue
World Premiere
ByMadhuri Shekar
Directed by Artistic DirectorChay Yew
Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020
Dhaba Canteen has been a Devon Avenue institution since the 60s, with their delicious Sindhi food transporting you back to the halcyon days of undivided India. Now it’s on the verge of bankruptcy. And the family that has run it for generations is ready to go to war over its fate.
Man with his hand covering his face sitting on the floor away from an open laptop computer
Right To Be Forgotten
Chicago Premiere
BySharyn Rothstein
Directed byGary Griffin
May 29 - Jun 28, 2020
The internet never forgets and a young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren’t going down without a fight. Secrets, lies and political backstabbing abound in this riveting new drama about one man’s fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy.

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