Appropriate, Directed by Gary Griffin, Opens at Chicago's Victory Gardens Nov. 15

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15 Nov 2013

Gary Griffin
Gary Griffin
Photo by Monica Simoes

The co-world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate officially opens Nov. 15 at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, following preview performances that began Nov. 8. 

Appropriate continues through Dec. 8.

Directed by Gary Griffin, the cast includes Jennifer Baker (Cassidy), Kirsten Fitzgerald (Toni), Cheryl Graeff (Rachael), Leah Karpel (Trisha), Keith Kupferer (Bo), Alex Stage (Rhys) and Stef Tovar (Franz). 

"When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch's estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history," press notes state. "But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. A play about the trouble with inheritance, memory loss, and the art of repression."

"Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is an undeniably unique, dynamic and political voice in American theatre. Inspired by Chekhov and O'Neill, Branden's fiercely original play speaks powerfully and relevantly to America's timeless issues of race, history and family," artistic director Chay Yew said in an earlier statement. "I first read Branden's new play Appropriate during the selection process for Victory Gardens' 2012 IGNITION Festival. During the IGNITION workshop process — and before the public reading — I immediately promised him a production at Victory Gardens. I knew this play had to be experienced our Chicago audiences."



The creative team of Appropriate includes Yu Shibigaki (set design), Janice Pytel (costume design), Jesse Klug (lighting design), Chris LaPorte (sound design) and Jesse Gaffney (prop design). Ryan Bourque is the fight choreographer, Joe Schermoly is the technical director, and Dennis J. Conners is the stage manager.

Appropriate is presented in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville and was developed, in part, by IGNITION 2012.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (773) 871-3000 or visiting victorygardens.org.