Appropriate, The Gospel of Lovingkindness and Sandra Oh Will Appear at Chicago's Victory Gardens in 2013-14
By Kenneth Jones
The 2013-14 season of Victory Gardens Theater — the Tony Award-winning Chicago company devoted to new works, many from its own Playwrights Ensemble — will include the co-world-premiere staging of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate and the world premiere of Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley's new work, plus a revival of Death and the Maiden starring Sandra Oh, of TV's "Grey's Anatomy."
The coming season represents a reduction in the number of VG-produced plays, from five to three. Resident Chicago storefront theatres will rent space at VG's Lincoln Park home in the coming season, offering subscribers a sampler of four or five local productions by smaller troupes that don't have permanent homes. That roster will be announced.
Appropriate, directed by Gary Griffin, is currently appearing at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Gardley, who was named a VG Ensemble Playwright in 2012, will be represented in the coming season with a South Side Chicago-set drama, The Gospel of Lovingkindness.
Here's the 2013-14 Victory Gardens season at a glance:
The Gospel of Lovingkindness
Death and the Maiden
Victory Gardens' artistic director Chay Yew also announced a new board of National Artistic Advisors. "These artists and ambassadors are passionate about supporting Victory Gardens' artistic vision, mission and endeavors," according to the March 6 season announcement. The supporters are Luis Alfaro, Nilo Cruz, Eve Ensler, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, David Lindsey-Abaire, John Logan, Craig Lucas, Sandra Oh, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jose Rivera, Anika Noni Rose, Sarah Ruhl, Jeanine Tesori, Paula Vogel, George C. Wolfe and B.D. Wong.
For subscription information, visit victorygardens.org. Victory Gardens Theater at The Biograph is at 2433 N. Lincoln in Chicago.
Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theatre, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
In 2012, Victory Gardens Victory Gardens appointed new Ensemble Playwrights Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Samuel D. Hunter and Tanya Saracho, for seven-year residencies. The Playwrights Ensemble Alumni includes Claudia Allen, Lonnie Carter, Steve Carter, Gloria Bond Clunie, Dean Corrin, Nilo Cruz, Joel Drake Johnson, John Logan, Nicholas Patricca, Douglas Post, James Sherman, Charles Smith, Jeffrey Sweet and Kristine Thatcher.
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