Cheryl Graeff, Keith Kupfere, Stef Tovar Cast in Victory Gardens Theater Co-World Premiere of Appropriate
By Carey Purcell
Appropriate, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, will receive its co-world premiere at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater.
Preview performances begin Nov. 8, prior to an official opening Nov. 15. Performances continue through Dec. 8.
Directed by Gary Griffin, the cast includes Kirsten Fitzgerald, Cheryl Graeff, Leah Karpel, Keith Kupferer and Stef Tovar. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
"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 a 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."
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.
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