Victory Gardens Theater has announced its upcoming season at the Biograph Theatre in Lincoln Park. The slate will feature three mainstage productions including a world premiere and will begin with “Queen of the Night” in January 2022. The theater also plans the latest iteration of its Ignition Festival of New Plays, renamed the Ignition New Play Program and including the Ignite Chicago reading series beginning in October, as well as the 20/50 Festival in June 2022.
“The pandemic has left many of us wondering, ‘How do we move forward?’ All of these plays feature families dealing with the fallout of situations beyond their control,” said new Victory Gardens artistic director Ken-Matt Martin in the announcement.
“Queen of the Night” (Jan. 29, 2022 to March 13, 2022): By travis tate, directed by Ken-Matt Martin. A divorced father and his queer son head to the woods of Texas to relive the camping trips of earlier days. A play that explores multi-generational Blackness.
“In Every Generation” (April 2, 2022 to May 1, 2022): By Ali Viterbi, directed by Devon de Mayo. On the night of Passover every year, the Levi-Katz family has grappled with questions of race and religion that never seem to get resolved. The 2019 winner of the National Jewish Playwriting Contest will have its world premiere at Victory Gardens.
“cullud wattah” (June 11, 2022 to July 17, 2022): By Erika Dickerson-Despenza, directed by Lili-Anne Brown: Set over Thanksgiving, 2016, in Flint, Michigan, after the city has been without clean water for more than two years. Marion, a third-generation General Motors assembly line worker, worries over impending layoffs. Her sister, Ainee, seeks restitution for lead poisoning. And secrets come to the surface in this regional premiere.
Ignite Chicago: Readings will take place at Victory Gardens Theater and other locations; free with reservations required.
October 2021: “Mexodus” by Nygel D. Robinson and Brian Quijada
November 2021: “Tokens of Promise” by Ada A.
December 2021: “The Bottoming Process” by Nicholas Pilapil
February 2022: “exercise your demons: a play on the trauma of a gay male body” by Gage Tarlton
July 2022: “Nancy” by Rhiana Yazzie
The 20/50 Festival will feature three new works by playwrights over age 50; details to be announced.
As part of the coalition organized by the League of Chicago Theatres, theatergoers will be asked to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, and masks are required in the theater. Ticket packages are now on sale at 773-871-3000 and www.victorygardens.org.