Ameriville and Oedipus el Rey Added to Victory Gardens Season

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Victory Gardens Theatre's 2011-12 season in Chicago will be completed by Ameriville, written and performed by Universes, and Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro.

Luis Alfaro
Luis Alfaro

As previously reported, the season will also include In the Next Room or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl; and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…, a play developed as part of VG's Ignition program, by Jackie Sibblies Drury. What We're Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, which was previously announced, has been replaced due to scheduling conflicts.

VG's new artistic director Chay Yew said in a statement, "This is a new chapter at Victory Gardens. We are presenting new plays, bold theatrical works and forms through spoken word, hip hop, poetry, dance and music. Victory Gardens is making a commitment to passionate new American voices that celebrate, reflect and challenge the attitudes of our dynamic and diverse society."

Ameriville, an ensemble piece created by the poetry-based group Universes, developed with and directed by Chay Yew, will play Jan. 27-Feb. 26, 2012. It's billed this way: "Performed by the celebrated performance ensemble Universes, this thrilling exploration of the American experience prowls the dark corners of our contemporary landscape and asks, 'If Hurricane Katrina happened again, would we be ready?' An electrifying evening infused with hip-hop, song, poetry and dance, Ameriville is a passionate and hopeful vision of a community's responsibility to another amidst a nation in turmoil."

Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro will play June 29-July 29, 2012. It's a "thrilling reboot of the daddy of all tragedies," according to VG. "A juvenile delinquent from South Central Los Angeles sets off on his journey to be the king of the gangland. Set amid the sizzling rhythms and explosive violence of a California barrio, the gripping story follows his family of ex-cons through the vicious cycle of fate and violence in which they find themselves trapped. Oedipus el Rey is a sexy, dangerous and modern Latino take on a classic."

For more about the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens, which produces the work of its own ensemble of writers (plus the occasional work of guest writers), visit

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