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News Victory Gardens' New Play Festival to Feature Solo Show by André De Shields
Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater has announced that its annual Ignition Festival of New Plays will feature Confessions of a P.I.M.P, a monologue play featuring song, dance and spoken word, written and performed by Tony nominee André De Shields (The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Full Monty).

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Ignition is a festival dedicated to supporting and fostering a community of emerging and established playwrights and their developments of new works. The festival will run July 16-19; all readings and performances are free and open to the public. An opening-night party will be held July 16 in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.

Here is the festival line-up at a glance:

July 15: Confessions of a P.I.M.P, written and performed by André De Shields.
Through song, dance and spoken word, De Shields tells the story of "Jelly Belly"'s journey from Baltimore to Broadway.

July 17: Queen by Madhuri Shekar, directed by associate artistic producer Joanie Schultz.
As she prepares to publish a career-defining new scientific essay, Sanam discovers she may have made a mistake and battles with the decision of whether or not to look the other way, or stand by her principles.

July 18: Slay & Eat by A. Zell Williams, directed by Henry Wishcamper
An influential black politician and ex-girlfriend of Obama, based in Chicago's South Side, struggles to weather a scandal. July 18: The Last Book of Homer by José Rivera, directed by Jonathan Berry
A band of brothers and ex-military guys nicknamed God, Buddha, Weasel and Joseph Smith come to Mexico for the rescue of fellow sibling Numb Nuts, who has been kidnapped by a drug cartel.

July 19: Muthaland written and performed by Minita Gandhi, directed by Heidi Stillman
A dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality and sexuality, following a young Indian-American woman's retreat to her homeland.

July 19: Office Hour by Julia Cho, directed by artistic director Chay Yew
Writing professor Gina struggles with a difficult student whose violent prose walks the fine line between troubled and dangerous.

July 19: Sadie River’s Drag Ball on the Lawn by Basil Kreimendahl, directed by Bonnie Metzgar
Sadie River attempts to educate her working-poor family in the art of passing as upper-class through drag performance.

The festival will also feature special events, such as an artist meet and greet, a playwrights' panel discussion, cocktail hour and more.

For more information call (773) 871-3000 or visit VictoryGardens.

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