Victory Gardens announces its 2012-2013 season
Season to include works by Bill Cain, Philip Dawkins, Anupama Chandrasekhar, Samuel D. Hunter, and Marcus Gardley with directors Sean Graney, Seth Bockley, Dexter Bullard, Joanie Schultz and Chay Yew
Chicago, IL— Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Jan Kallish announce the 2012-2013 Victory Gardens season. The season will include Equivocation by Bill Cain, directed by Sean Graney; Failure: A Love Story by Phillip Dawkins, directed by Seth Bockley; Disconnect by Anupama Chandrasekhar, directed by Dexter Bullard; The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Joanie Schultz; and Chicago is Burning by Marcus Gardley, directed by Chay Yew.
Artistic Director Chay Yew comments, “Victory Gardens Theater is home to dynamic plays that celebrate, reflect and challenge the attitudes in our beautiful, diverse city and the world. As an artistic and social center for Chicago’s myriad cultural communities, VG is a place for civil discourse and exploration of our society’s timely concerns through the power of theatre and the magic of live performance. It is with this inspiration that we have created our 2012-13 season. These brave new plays examine the importance of home and family: where we find home, and how we create and preserve it in unlikely contexts.”
Victory Gardens explores ideas of home this 2012-13 season: An artist struggling to write propaganda for a homeland security crisis; a morbidly obese gay man attempting to build a home with his estranged daughter; the magical fable of three Chicago sisters who share a lively and love-filled home in the 1920s; a collection office in India where its workers dream of America; and the ball scene of Southside Chicago, where homeless youths create their own home where they can be a star or model for a night.
The 2012-13 Victory Gardens Season includes:
The Chicago Premiere of
by Bill Cain
directed by Sean Graney
September 14- October 14, 2012
Press Opening: Monday, September 24, 2012
In London in the year 1605, a down-and-out playwright called Shagspeare (yes, it’s him) receives a royal commission to write a play promoting the government’s version of Guy Fawkes’ treasonous Gunpowder Plot. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie and losing his soul, or writing the truth and losing his head, his devoted theatre troupe helps him negotiate each step along the way. At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, Bill Cain’s award-winning Equivocation deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times.
The World Premiere of
Failure: A Love Story
by Philip Dawkins
directed by Seth Bockley
November 16-December 30, 2012
Press Opening: Monday, November 26, 2012
1928 is the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives. Nelly was the first of the Fail girls to die, followed soon after by her sisters Jenny June and Gerty. As with so many things in life—blunt objects, disappearances and consumption—they never saw death coming. Written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins, Failure: A Love Story is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the Fail family home and clock shop. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love.
The American Premiere of
by Anupama Chandrasekhar
directed by Dexter Bullard
January 25 – February 24, 2013
Press Opening: Monday, February 4, 2013
Fortysomething Avinash is hopelessly out of step in a company that demands success, energy and youth. To bring his game up, he is transferred to work with the bright young graduates in Illinois—down on the fourth floor. In the windowless, nighttime offices of a call center in Chennai, India, is a bustling world of energetic Indian workers dreaming the American Dream and faking U.S. accents to target their American “marks” maxed out on credit cards. Anupama Chandrasekhar’s Disconnect is a powerful and witty drama about the consequences of consumer culture and the intricacies of our interconnected global economy.
The Chicago Premiere of
by Samuel D. Hunter
directed by Joanie Schultz
April 5 – May 5, 2013
Press Opening: Monday, April 15, 2013
Since the death of his boyfriend, morbidly obese 600 pound Charlie has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money….maybe even his life. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale is a tough, humorous and emotionally powerful play about how we cope with loss, and how new definitions of family, friends and religion shape our lives.
The World Premiere of
Chicago is Burning
by Marcus Gardley
directed by Chay Yew
May 31- Jun 30, 2013
Press Opening: Monday, June 10, 2013
Set in Bronzeville in Chicago, the exhilarating drama with music Chicago is Burning takes you to the underground ball competitions where anyone in the communities in this African American and Latino, gay and transgender subculture can be a star or a supermodel for one night. They’ve come to strike a pose, vogue, walk, dance, compete, love, bitch and be themselves. The multiple award-winning young playwright Marcus Gardley and Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew team up for a celebration of a new kind of American family built across lines of race, class and gender.
Subscriptions start at just $100 ($20 a play) for the 5-play season.
Subscriptions and Flex Passes for Victory Gardens 2012-2013 season, offering up to 35% savings on single tickets, are on sale, www.victorygardens.org and by phone at the Victory Gardens Box Office at The Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773.871.3000 (TTY: 773.871.0682).
The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Benefits of subscribing include convenient parking; easy access via CTA, ticket exchange privileges; invitations to special events; discounted series for educators, younger audiences and persons with disabilities and pre- and post-show deals at nearby restaurants and businesses.
About Victory Gardens Theater
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Jan Kallish, Victory Gardens Theater is home to the bold voices of world premiere theater. The company features the work of its own 14-member Playwrights Ensemble, as well as that of exciting playwrights who are changing theater in the U.S. and abroad. Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. The company’s dedication to developing, supporting and producing new work makes Victory Gardens an American Center for New Plays.
In 2006, Victory Gardens successfully completed an $11.8 million renovation of Chicago’s famed Biograph Theater, and moved two blocks north from its longtime venue at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, to its beautiful new home in one of Chicago’s most celebrated historic landmarks. Renamed Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, the new venue is a state-of-the-art 299-seat mainstage which has greatly expanded the company’s artistic flexibility.
In 2009, Victory Gardens completed the second phase of renovation at the Biograph, building an intimate, new, 109-seat studio theater on the second floor. On March 1, 2010, at a special launch event for Victory Gardens $1 million Campaign for Growth, the theater’s new studio was officially named the Richard Christiansen Theater, in honor of the Chicago Tribune chief critic emeritus and longtime champion of Chicago’s live theater scene. Visit www.victorygardens.org/campaignforgrowth for more details.
Victory Gardens Theater receives major funding from Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional funding is provided by: Allstate Insurance Company, Crown Family Philanthropies, Leo S. Guthman Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, REAM Foundation, Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), James S. Kemper Foundation, Sara Lee Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, and by Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association, McVay Foundation, Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Illinois Tool Works, Motorola Mobility Foundation, PNC Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Saints, and Irving Harris Foundation.