Behind the Curtain

Sep 6: Backstage at the Biograph - Let's Get Graphic


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Fun Home
Get ready for Victory Gardens Theater's first Backstage at the Biograph event of the season: Let's Get Graphic. Before it was a Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical, Fun Home was an acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Join VG for an evening in which they'll dive into the world of graphic novels with a tutorial from a local graphic novelist. Then join them for a first look at a scene from the show. Come to the theater for a night of art, theatre, and complimentary refreshments.

FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Sep 3: Sunday Spotlight - TREVOR the musical


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.

TREVOR the musical:
Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.

The Trevor Project was created as a result of the Academy Award-winning film that also inspired TREVOR the musical. The Trevor Project is the nation’s only accredited crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving young LGBTQ lives. www.TheTrevorProject.org

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Aug 21: CORE - Dig


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Dig
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Dig
By Theodore Germaine
Directed by Gina Marie Hayes
With Avi Roque

Dig is a new work in development which explores the themes of romantic love, non-monogamy, trans identities, mental illness, and how to overall exist within, challenge, and/or fight the flawed legal system within this country. On the night after their lover's funeral - a trans-masculine person from a highly conservative and religious small-town family - 2/3rds of the remaining romantic triad sneak into their deceased partner's apartment to try to come to terms with the tragedy at hand, but the night takes another-worldly, empowering, and illegal turn as they piece together the truth around their partner's death.

FREE but reservation is required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Aug 27: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Moby Dick


Moby Dick Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Mermaids, Myths, and Maritime Monsters: What Lies Beneath the Surface?

What creatures lurked in the murky ocean depths, haunting the dreams and nightmares of unknowing sailors? Northwestern University’s Tracy Davis and the Raven Foundation’s Andrew McKenna discuss.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Aug 26: Look at You (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: August
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Look at You
by Jack O'Donnell (Writer's Studio)
Directed by Associate Artist Richard Shavzin

Featuring: Gary Houston*, Belinda Bremner, Jackson Evans* and Associate Artists Kristie Berger* and Stephen Spencer*.

A Gated Community in a large American city: Two lifelong Liberals meet again; she, a successful business woman, house hunting; he, a musician, down on his luck and working as a security guard. An ambitious Resident Manager, a geriatric case and his less-than-geriatric wife with her eye on the musician round out the day. Complaint, recrimination, confession, guilt, stereotyping, betrayal, justification, disappointment and more ensue, as progressive principles bump up against the day-to-day.

*AEA

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Aug 21: CORE - Untitled Project Inspired by James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Untitled Project Inspired by James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Untitled Project Inspired by James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room
Presented by About Face Theatre
by Benjamin Sprunger and Paul Oakley Stovall
Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Presented in conjunction with About Face Theatre's First DrAAFT Series - a program designed to feature the artistic work of AFT's Artistic Associates - playwrights Sprunger and Stovall will workshop and present an adaptation of Baldwin's 1956 novella Giovanni's Room.

FREE but reservation is required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Aug 19: The Irregulars (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: August
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Irregulars
by Reginald Edmund (Resident Playwright)
Directed by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway

A bunch of pickpockets, thieves, and filthy street urchins, everyone of them. When the great Sherlock Holmes is framed and arrested for the disappearance of the British Empire's most brilliant minds, to prove his innocence he calls upon a group of young heroes that are quite irregular.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Aug 18-19: Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Symphony No. 9


Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Symphony No. 9
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, August 18, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The Festival's 83rd season comes to a thrilling close with one of the best-known works in classical music: Beethoven's glorious masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, culminating in the famous movement, "Ode to Joy." The evening opens with Brahms' finest choral work, Schicksalslied.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 16: Grant Park Music Festival - Haydn Cello Concerto


Grant Park Music Festival - Hayden Cello Concerto
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Harriet Krijgh, the 25 year old Dutch-born and Vienna-trained cellist, makes her Festival debut with Haydn's rediscovered Concerto in C Major. Rounding out the program are lively and lyrical vignettes from Respighi's The Birds and the Festival premiere of Chadwick's complete Symphonic Sketches.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 14: CORE - Kissing (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Kissing
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Kissing
conceived by Abigail Boucher
co-created by Abigail Boucher & Carolyn Defrin
- with Brock Alter

Have you kissed anyone today? A child, a parent, a friend, a lover, your pet? Can you describe the perfect kiss? What are the traditions around kissing in your family, in your cultural upbringing? Come experience ‘Kissing', a multidisciplinary piece which explores cultural customs and personal stories around kissing. Join us as we explore how this simple gesture might invigorate our current world order with more joy, love and tenderness.

FREE but reservation is required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Aug 13: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Moby Dick


Moby Dick Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Extremity and Endurance: Survival on the Open Sea

The crew of the Pequod is in for a long, rough ride even before they encounter a certain white whale. Join seasoned sailor Steve Draska and others for a conversation about the hard and harsh realities of sun, sea, salt water, and the hunt for whale oil.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Aug 12: The Freaks of Mercy (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: August
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Freaks of Mercy
by Joel Drake Johnson (Resident Playwright Emeritus)
Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson

Featuring Mary Ann Thebus*, Ana Maria Alvarez, Gabrielle Lott-Rogers, Matthew James Elam, and Paul Fagen.

A talented high school teacher of Advanced Literature gets a serious showdown from a black student who was deemed not eligible to be in his class--particularly when it comes to analyzing Huckleberry Finn.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Aug 11-12: Grant Park Music Festival - Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony + A World Premiere


Grant Park Music Festival - Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony + A World Premiere
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, August 11, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 7:30 to 10:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The Grant Park Orchestra tackles two monumental Russian pieces plus a world premiere by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Aaron Jay Kernis.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 9: Grant Park Music Festival - An Evening With Mariachi Cobre


Grant Park Music Festival - An Evening With Mariachi Cobre
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



¡La tradición de la charrería viene a Millennium Park! Mariachi Cobre, one of America's best-known mariachi bands, joins the Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music and an appeal that transcends ethnic groups and national borders.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 7: CORE - Black Like Me


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Black Like Me
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Black Like Me
Adapted and directed by Monty Cole
Based on the book by John Howard Griffin ​

In 1959, John Howard Griffin--a white man from Texas--began the process of dyeing himself black. Two pills and regular sessions under a sun lamp made Griffin’s skin “black enough” to pass, and he set out on a journey through the South to discover what it was like to be a black man. His book, Black Like Me, was published in 1961 and made into a movie in 1965. Now Cole, working with an ensemble of actors, will explore the question “What does it mean to be black in America?” and, ultimately, create a script that depicts Griffin’s experience against the contemporary black experience.


FREE but reservation is required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Aug 5 - Dec 30: Free Yoga Classes at Berger Park


Nothing Without a Company is proud to offer FREE Yoga Classes
Join Nothing Without a Company on Saturday mornings for some free yoga.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 through Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 at 10:30am
at the Berger Park Cultural Center | 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660



These are free classes for EVERYONE! All levels and skill sets are welcome!
Yoga mats will be provided. Classes will take place outside, weather permitting.
Please ask the office if you can not find the yoga class.

Donations are accepted and appreciated and will go directly to the instructor and Nothing Without a Company's Berger Park Programming Fund.

Each class begins at 10:30am

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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Aug 5: The House Theatre of Chicago at the UChicago Performance Lab


Join The House Theatre of Chicago for Open House showcases of new work!
The House is thrilled to host and support artists this summer who are creating 15 original pieces that will use actors, rock bands, dancers, puzzles and more to tell exciting new stories. This showcase is an opportunity for you to meet the artists involved and be a part of this fun process!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 4:00pm
at The University of Chicago Logan Center | 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637



4:00pm Welcome from Artistic Director Nathan Allen

We'll break into groups and tour each project throughout the creative spaces in the state-of-the-art Logan Center.

In Room 1: Verböten
Hear brand new rockin' punk songs from co-creator and real life rocker Jason Narducy!

In Room 2: Ellen Bond, Union Spy
Break-out dance montages let us inside what this incredible real-life spy might have been dreaming...

In Room 3: Litte Girl, Don't Fall
Riffing on the "Bluebeard" story, this new musical is using lots of research and found texts. We'll take a dive into their dramaturgy.

In Room 4: Hatfield & McCoy
Bluegrass-pickin' and gun-slingin'! This House classic is workshopping new music and we'll get to stomp our feet to some tunes!

In Room 5: Nova to Lodestar
From the creative team of The Last Defender, new puzzles are launching into space! Come aboard the ships and try your hand at step one: mechanics.

6:00 Reception with pizza and refreshments!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 4: Community Night at Hir, with Sadhaus


Community Night at Hir, with Sadhaus
On Friday, August 4th, join your fellow LGBTQI+ artists, activists, community members and allies for a night of theatre, drinks, dancing and drag.

Friday, August 4, 2017 | DJ at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm, and Encore Performance by Sadhaus at 10:00pm
at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre and Front Bar | 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614



First enjoy Pre-Show drinks at Front Bar while DJ Ariel Zetina Spins. Then get a great deal to see Hir, Taylor Mac's disarmingly funny crusade to shake up the patriarchy. Closing out the night is a free encore performance from drag collective and chronic melancholics Sadhaus.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are $35, and will get you in to see Hir and Sadhaus. Use the code 33958 to reserve your tickets. Just want to see Sadhaus? Simply show up at Steppenwolf at 10pm—no ticket required! For more information, please click here.



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Aug 4-5: Grant Park Music Festival - Debussy La Mer


Grant Park Music Festival - Debussy La Mer
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Join the Grant Park Orchestra indoors at the Harris Theater for Debussy's orchestral masterwork, La mer, along with Strauss' lyrical Oboe Concerto featuring guest artist François Leleux, recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent oboist of his generation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Aug 4-6: Ignition Festival of New Plays 2017


Victory Gardens Theater presents Ignition Festival of New Plays 2017
IGNITION Festival of New Plays is a national annual festival devoted to fostering a community of support for the development of outstanding new plays and nurturing relationships with emerging and established playwrights. 

Friday, August 4, 2017 through Sunday, August 6, 2017
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614






Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song
Friday, August 4 | 7:30pm | by Antoinette Nwandu

It is Los Angeles in the mid-nineties, and Jackie-girl is at a crossroads. This lyrical and powerful coming of age story with a soundtrack asks how the girls whose mothers’ lives have been tainted by abuse, violence, poverty, and shame ever grow into healthy and empowered women.


Ignition Opening Night Kick-off
Friday, August 4 | 9:30pm | Victory Gardens Theater Lobby

Stick around for this opening night celebration with a live DJ, delicious appetizers, and complimentary drinks as VG raises a glass to kick off our IGNITION Festival of New Plays.


This Land Was Made
Saturday, August 5 | 3:00pm | By Tori Sampson

Oakland in 1967 was a powder keg of social activism about to boil over into radical action that would soon change how the whole country engaged in politics. For the patrons of Miss Trish’s Bar, however, these ain’t nothing but talking points—that is, until the full seductive and explosive force of the revolution walks through the door.


Bringing New Plays to Life
Saturday, August 5 | 5:00pm | Panel Conversation | Richard Christiansen Theater

Victory Gardens is home to some of the richest and boldest new plays premiering across the country. In a city where audiences are hungry for new theatre work, what is the current state of new play development and its future? What are the best practices for new play collaborations? Join this timeless conversation on the new play process featuring IGNITION playwrights Antoinette Nwandu, Tori Sampson, Ken Weitzman, Julia Doolittle, Hansol Jung, and Kristiana Rae Colón.


VIP Lounge
Saturday, August 5 | 6:00pm | Pre-show Drinks | Rehearsal Room

Need a break from all the new-play excitement? Head up to the Rehearsal Room across from the Richard Christiansen Theater and enjoy some (complimentary/discount) pre-show cocktails/beer and wine/drinks before the reading of SPIN MOVES.


Spin Moves
Saturday, August 5 | 7:30pm | By Ken Weitzman

It’s 1996, the inaugural year of the WNBA, and Maja dreams of playing high school basketball – but having escaped to the U.S. from the war in Bosnia, panic attacks prevent her from playing the game she loves. That is, until a new coach appears at her high school. He helps Maja to face her fears, but his unorthodox tactics alarm Maja’s fiercely protective mother.


Artist Meet, Greet, & Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 5 | 9:30pm | Victory Gardens Lobby

Hang out with the artists themselves and cool off with boozy ice cream floats at this post-show artist meet & greet.


VIP Lounge
Saturday, August 6 | 10:00am | Pre-show Mimosas | Rehearsal Room

Ease into a full Sunday of new work in our VIP Lounge. Relax and enjoy coffee and mimosas before our final three plays by Julia Doolittle, Hansol Jung, and Kristiana Rae Colón.


Tell Them I'm Still Young
Saturday, August 6 | 12:00pm | By Julia Doolittle

Allen and Kay are approaching sixty-five when their only daughter is killed in a car crash. Now parents without children, the two struggle to renegotiate their identities and their marriage, as the entrance of two young people revives a painful longing for what’s been lost: their family and their futures.


Wolf Play
Saturday, August 6 | 3:00pm | By Hansol Jung

An American father un-adopts a Korean boy but just before he leaves the new house, the ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has “re-homed” his ex-son, is lesbian. This doesn’t sit well with ex-father at all. The boy is actually not a real boy. He is a puppet. And his puppeteer is the Emcee of the evening, and spinner of the night’s tale: a lone wolf.


Suspension
Saturday, August 6 | 7:30pm | By Kristiana Rae Colón  

On the 100th day of 45’s first term, two Black teen girls stage a coup of the authoritarian regime of Climb & Succeed Charter Academy, a not-so-dystopian high school where campus security patrols the halls in riot gear and a new disciplinary code takes in-school suspension to a haunting extreme. Voltaire & Yansa, guided by a mystic teaching artist, learn to wield their ancestral magic and blackgirl badassery to combat the harrowing militarization of public education.


The Race Race
Sunday, August 6 | 5:00pm | Panel Conversation | Richard Christiansen Theater

In a country so divided and polarized by topics of race, how are these conflicts reflected in the dramatic arts? What role does theater play in conversations around race and how can it begin the process of healing and understanding Join IGNITION and Chicago-based playwrights as we begin to uncover the role race plays in creating new work.

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This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to RSVP. General Admission, but seating will be reserved for Members, Subscribers and Donors of Victory Gardens Theater.



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