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Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens

Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue

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Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to the playwright and half of every VGT season consists of world premieres written by members of its Playwrights Ensemble. This group of more than a dozen writers includes Pulitzer-winner Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), Jeffrey Sweet (Flyovers), and Lonnie Carter (The Romance of Magno Rubio). The rest of the season is dedicated to newer works from other worthy writers, not just the same slate of recent Broadway and Off-Broadway plays that so many other regional theaters rush to produce. Although Victory Gardens is fiercely dedicated to producing original work, the company favors relatable human dramas and comedies over more overtly experimental pieces.

Through its Access Project, Victory Gardens also makes it its mission to involve people with disabilities in the theater in several ways. Workshops educate the disabled in playwriting and performing; numerous services (e.g., wheelchair seating, ASL-interpreted, captioned, and audio-described performances; Braille programs, etc.) help handicapped patrons enjoy VGT’s shows; and there are programs for developing new works by disabled playwrights and/or about living with disabilities. The Sunday night series Crip Slam explores the disabled experience through movie screenings, readings, performances, and other events.

Victory Gardens Information

  • Public Transportation: Excellent
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Schedule varies, but mostly Tuesday–Sunday, with occasional Monday performances
  • Ticket Prices: $30–$45, 20% discount for seniors
  • Subscriptions: Five-Play subscriptions are $80–$185, Six-Play subscriptions are $96–$222, Generation VGT subscription for people under 30 gets five plays for $80, educators can get a Five-Play package for $90, Five-Play Access subscriptions for people with disabilities are $80 for special sign-interpreted, word-captioned, or audio-described performances. Benefits include free ticket exchanges and discounts on classes at Victory Gardens Training Center.