Ignition 2010 | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ignition 2010 Brief Run (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Aug. 18-22 2010

Victory Gardens's biennial Ignition Festival debuted with a roar in 2008: one of the winning plays--Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity--was a big hit here and went on to be a 2010 Pulitzer prize finalist. This time around the fest, which specializes in new work by playwrights of color under 40 years old, received 150 submissions. Members of the artistic staff at Victory Gardens have winnowed that bunch down to six that will be given public readings. Two plays will then be selected for workshopping during the 2010-2011 season, and one of those gets a full production a la Chad Deity. The kickoff event is a Scene Sampler (Wed 8/18, 7:30 PM), offering peeks at all six plays and a Q&A with the playwrights. Diaz and his fellow 2008 Ignition finalist, Michael Golamco, present keynote addresses the following night (Thu 8/19, 7:30 PM), before a reading of Mala Hierba (8 PM)--the tale of a trophy wife torn between obligation and desire--by local playwright Tanya Saracho. Next up is Andrea Thome's loose reimagining of the Oedipus story, Undone (Fri 8/20, 7:30 PM). Saturday brings Jackie Sibblies's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (3 PM), in which a group of actors grapples with a distant genocide, and then A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (7:30 PM), in which Edith shoots something she shouldn't. A successful documentarian has a crisis of conscience in Chisa Hutchinson's The Subject (Sun 8/22, 1 PM), and in Leonard Madrid's Aurora (4 PM) a family is tested by death. --Olivia LaVecchia

Price: $5 per show, $25 festival pass

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