Victory Gardens' End of the Tour Is Tale of Friends, Family and Near-Dead Cat, May 23-July 6

News   Victory Gardens' End of the Tour Is Tale of Friends, Family and Near-Dead Cat, May 23-July 6 The Tony Award-honored Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago presents its latest world premiere, Joel Drake Johnson's The End of the Tour, May 23-July 6.

The play is billed as "a funny, yet touching dramatic comedy about a mother and her daughter, a son and his lover, a father and his best friend, plus one near-dead cat, each grappling with a defining moment in his or her life."

The story begins when Andrew (Timothy Hendrickson), a middle-aged gay man from Chicago, receives a frantic phone call from his sister, asking him to come home to Dixon, Illinois, to visit their ailing mother, who has just been put into a nursing home.

Victory Gardens associate artistic director Sandy Shinner directs. Opening is June 2. This ends the company's 2002 03 season. The regional Tony honor was bestowed in 2001.

The cast includes Annabel Armour, Rob Riley, Andrew Rothenberg, Marc Silvia and Mary Ann Thebus.

For The End of the Tour, Victory Gardens has assembled virtually the same cast and production team that collaborated on VGT's acclaimed 1998 world premiere of Before My Eyes, Johnson's earlier comedy about a young man growing up gay, and his life long obsession with Barbra Streisand. Joel Drake Johnson is a resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists Theatre. Victory Gardens is known as a writers' theatre that boasts a resident ensemble of writers.

Designers are Jeff Bauer (set); Rita Pietraszek, (lights); Andre Pluess (sound); and Judith Lundberg (costumes).

Victory Gardens is at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets range $22-$35. For information, call (773) 871 3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org.