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"Samsara" by Lauren Yee, at Victory Gardens Theater in 2015. Pictured: Behzad Dabu, Arya Daire, and Joe Dempsey. (Photo by Michael Courier)

Victory Gardens Theater Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature a world premiere from Ike Holter and plays by Paula Vogel, Dominique Morisseau, Lauren Yee, and Madhuri Shekar.

CHICAGO: Victory Gardens Theater has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.

“I’m extremely excited to announce our 44th season of new American plays that speak immediately to our times,” said artistic director Chay Yew in a statement. “Victory Gardens continues to give a Chicago home to our country’s finest playwrights who write powerful and relevant work that reflects and represents our diverse nation. These remarkable artists raise poignant questions about current issues through the resilience and humanity of their characters despite their circumstances. Their plays celebrate the best in us and inspire us to be better global citizens in these fractured times.”

The season will open with Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Sept. 21-Nov. 4), about the controversial 1923 Broadway production of The God of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch, which featured a lesbian romance. Gary Griffin will direct.

Next up will be the world premiere of Ike Holter’s Rightlynd (Nov. 9-Dec. 23), about a woman who stands in the way of a powerful real estate conglomerate to protect Rightlynd, Chicago’s 51st Ward, from a massive redevelopment project. Lisa Portes will direct.

The season will continue with Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline (Feb. 1-March 3, 2019), about a mother and son as they navigate the issues of the school-to-prison pipeline in the American school system. Cheryl Lynn Bruce will direct.

Following will be Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band (April 5-May 5, 2019), a story about a Cambodian American who uncovers evidence about the Cambodian genocide and goes on a journey through time with her father to face the music of the past. Marti Lyons will direct.

The season will conclude with Madhuri Shekar’s Miriam for President (June 7-July 7, 2019), about a high school student running for student council president in an attempt to overcome her horrific past of being kidnapped and placed in a sex trafficking ring. Yew will direct.

Founded in 1974, Victory Gardens produces contemporary American plays and musicals.

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