Victory Gardens Opens 17-18 Season with FUN HOME
Photo Credit: Victory Gardens Theater
To begin their 43rd season, Victory Gardens Theater will present the five-time Tony Award winning musical Fun Home -- a show that holds a special importance to artistic director Chay Yew.
“In 2012, I was invited to the Sundance Institute to develop a project the same time Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron were working on Fun Home,” Yew said via email correspondence. “Some nights, Jeanine would sing me songs that both of them had written during the day. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous music and lyrics, and knew this was a project that would be perfect for our audience.”
He added that when the show’s rights finally became available, he reached out to Tesori and Kron who are big fans of Victory Gardens.
Fun Home is inspired by Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir. The musical follows Alison as she unravels the mysteries of her childhood through memories and conversations as she makes her way towards acceptance.
Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) will direct.
"We continue to give a Chicago home to the most electrifying and diverse voices in American theater,” Yew said in a statement. "From an award-winning musical about coming out and coming-of-age, and a comedy exploring African American identity and motherhood, to a portrait of the white working class female post-incarceration, a passionate interracial relationship set in South Africa, and a witty drama about the price of ambition and Latinos in television — we are proud to present these timely and powerful stories that celebrate and address our citizenship and humanity, creating meaningful dialogue that unifies all communities in these current times.”
All of the shows selected for Victory Gardens’ upcoming season (Fun Home, Fade, Mies Julie, Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate and Doing It) are also all written by women -- which happened by coincidence.
“We always give female and diverse playwrights a home in every Victory Gardens season,” Yew said. “The choice of this season's playwrights was not intentional. These were the plays we wanted to produce and artists whom we love. Having a season of female and diverse playwrights shouldn't be special circumstance - but ordinary and regular practice in American Theater.”