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McKenzie Chinn, Amanda Drinkall & More to Star in REST at Victory Gardens


Victory Gardens Theater announces complete casting for the first play of its 40th Anniversary Season: the Midwest Premiere of Rest by Ensemble Playwright Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Joanie Schultz. Rest runs September 12-October 12, 2014, with the press performance on September 19, 2014, at Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

The cast of Rest includes: McKenzie Chinn, Amanda Drinkall, Matt Farabee, Steve Key, William Norris, Ernest Perry, Jr., and MaryAnn Thebus.

"After collaborating with Sam on The Whale at Victory Gardens, I am eager to work with him again on this deeply stirring play," says director Joanie Schultz. "The wonderful cast we have is an impressive mix of established Chicago actors working with truly excellent emerging talent. I can't wait to get started."

Artistic Director Chay Yew adds, "After the success of The Whale, I knew it was important to get Ensemble Playwright Samuel D. Hunter back to the Victory Gardens stage. I'm looking forward to another amazing collaboration between Joanie and Sam for this beautifully moving Midwest premiere."

A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.

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