Aug 3-5: Ignition Festival of New Plays 2018

06.29.2018 12:00:00
Victory Gardens Theater presents 10th Annual Ignition Festival of New Plays 2018

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 3, 2018 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, August 3 | 7:30pm
by Robert Askins
Directed by Jess McLeod

George has sewn an iPhone into his neck. Now, he can send saws spinning and turn lights on with just a thought, but his Dad doesn't like that. George's father, a real prosthetist, steps in to try to save his son. But George doesn't want to be saved by him. He's trying to find god.

Untitled Road Trip Play
Saturday, August 4 | 11:00am
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Chay Yew

Lauren Yee's Untitled Road Trip Play follows an immigrant couple as they drive across America in 1998. As they travel to their new home in Portland, they struggle to find common ground in everything from personal philosophy to what to put in the tape deck. Twenty years later the same man recreates the road trip with his adult daughter, with the same car, same map, and same music. A Honda Civic connects these worlds as time and space weave these two journeys together. But sometimes getting there is half the battle.

White History
Saturday, August 4 | 3:00pm
By Dave Harris
Directed by Halena Kays

Bonnie and Todd, a cage-free kale-bred white couple, have just moved into a new home after accidentally burning down their last one. Soon after, an exiled KKK member kicks in their front door with a rope and a revolver, mistaking them for the Black couple that moved in across the street. Naturally, there is a dinner party. White History contends with the violence of America's foundation and the comedy of American progress.

How to Defend Yourself
Saturday, August 4 | 7:30pm
By Lily Padilla
Directed by Marti Lyons

Seven college students 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.

Seeing Eye
Sunday, August 5 | 11:00am
By Nick Malakhow
Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Intimidated by the prospect of dating apps and online profiles, Jason, who is blind, finds himself in a whirlwind romance with a stranger after taking a chance to find the love the old fashioned way: at a bar. Their one night stand ignites a week-long romance in which both men feel like they are being seen for the first time. But what happens when people finally see us for who we really are? And even worse, what happens when we finally see ourselves?

The First Deep Breath
Sunday, August 5 | 3:00pm
By Lee Edward Colston II
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

Pastor Albert Jones 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. With each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat, sometimes a family that stays together drowns together.

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