Apr 18 - May 13: Queen Public Programs

Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Queen
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

After every performance of Queen (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all Queen performances.

Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm 

Avocados, coffee, cilantro, strawberries, and, yes, honey. All foods that we enjoy because of bees. What do we lose when we lose bees? Join VG for a pre-show honey tasting and beekeeping demonstrations, featuring urban beekeepers in Chicago. After the performance of Queen, join local beekeepers to talk about the loss of bees from a more personal perspective.

Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics. Just 25% of the workforce in these fields is comprised of women. Join VG for a pre-show celebration to recognize the women, like Sanam and Ariel, that have pushed ahead in a field that continually tries to shut them out. After the evening’s performance of QUEEN, join VG for a discussion with local scholars, researchers, and scientists about their work and experiences in the field.

Post-Show Conversation | Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a play like Queen? Join playwright Madhuri Shekar and Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez as they delve into the process of developing a new play from the ground up.

Pre-Show Celebration | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day should be Earth Day! How can we make daily changes to care for our planet? Join VG for an evening of interactive events. From a food waste composting demo to the Zero Waste Challenge, VG will feature three local artists and activists whose work centers around the environment. Then, join VG for an evening performance of Queen. Each ticket includes a gift bag with seeds to help you start your bee-friendly garden and other fun favors! VG will feature three local visual artists that work with recyclable and sustainable materials.

Post-Show Performances | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Art and science are often seen from the opposite ends of the education spectrum. But, in reality, they are more connected than we may think. Science and art are both methods to understand our place in the world and why things happen the way they do. Join VG after the performance of Queen for a post-show full of science-related poetry; applying math and science to the arts, applying art to math and science.

Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Friday, May 12, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

Gender parity is just one issue that the scientists in Queen, Sanam and Ariel, face throughout their careers. Even among the struggle, there is joy and pride to be found in the work that they did and will continue to do. Their fight is not just fictional: women comprise only 25% of the workforce in STEM fields. Join VG for a night of short plays written and performed by Chicago college students from Northwestern, DePaul, University of Chicago, and Columbia, reflecting on the challenges that women face in their professional lives.

Post-Show Conversation | Saturday, May 13, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

In our current political climate, the issue of climate change is an often contentious one. A clear partisan issue, what does this mean in the years to come? How is climate change affecting our day to day lives and how can we get involved? Join VG after the performance of Queen as they talk with local scientists, activists, and scholars and dive into climate change and its effect on the bee population, as well as on our futures.

Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Queen performances. For more information, click here.

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