Victory Gardens Presents The Co-world Premiere Of APPROPRIATE By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Directed By Gary Griffin
Victory Gardens Theater kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Co-World Premiere of Appropriateby Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Gary Griffin. Appropriate is presented in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville and was developed, in part, by IGNITION 2012. Appropriate runs November 8-December 8, with the press performance on November 15, 2013, at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The creative team for Appropriate includes: Yu Shibagaki (scenic), Janice Pytel (costumes), Jesse Klug(lighting), Chris LaPorte (sound), Jesse Gaffney (props) and Ryan Bourque (fight choreography). Dennis J. Conners is the stage manager is Joe Schermoly is the technical director.
"Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is an undeniably unique, dynamic and political voice in American Theatre. Inspired by Chekhov and O'Neill, Branden's fiercely original play speaks powerfully and relevantly to America's timeless issues of race, history and family," says Artistic Director Chay Yew. "I first read Branden's new playAppropriate during the selection process for Victory Gardens' 2012 IGNITION Festival. During the IGNITION workshop process-and before the public reading-I immediately promised him a production at Victory Gardens. I knew this play had to be experienced our Chicago audiences."
He adds, "I'm extremely pleased to have one of this country's most exciting directors, Gary Griffin, join our VG family and direct our production. We are proud to partner with Les Waters and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival to give Branden and Gary a longer creative process with Appropriate."
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch's estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Acclaimed director Gary Griffin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Sunday In The Park With George andFollies) directs a potent and exciting play about the trouble with inheritance and the art of repression. Appropriate was developed and workshopped through Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012.
About the Artists
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's (Playwright) plays include Neighbors (The Public Theater), Appropriate (Actor's Theater of Louisville), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, forthcoming), and War. He is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theater and a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his work has been or will be seen at the Vineyard Theater, The Matrix Theater in LA, CompanyOne in Boston, Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC, and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He has taught at NYU and Queen University of Charlotte and his honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams award. He holds an MA in Performance Studies.