Playwright Karen Hartman's Gaza Rehearsal will be one of the five new plays presented in Victory Garden's 2016 IGNITION Festival in Chicago (photo courtesy of Ms. Hartman).

Victory Gardens Theater Announces 2016 IGNITION Festival Lineup

Victory Gardens Theater has announced the lineup for its 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including The Wayward Bunny by Greg Kotis; BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu; EOM (end of message) by Laura Jacqmin; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames; Gaza Rehearsal by Karen Hartman; and Girls In Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod. The 2016 Festival runs August 5-7, 2016 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue.

INGITION’s six selected plays will be presented in a festival of readings and will be directed by leading artists from Chicago. Following the readings, two of the plays may be selected for intensive workshops during Victory Gardens’ 2016-2017 season, and Victory Gardens may produce one of these final scripts in an upcoming season.

"At Victory Gardens Theater, we bridge Chicago communities through innovative and challenging new plays by giving established and emerging playwrights the time and space to develop their work. This year, we have invited some of the most thrilling playwrights to join our IGNITION Festival,” noted Isaac Gomez, Victory Gardens Theater Literary Manager. “Their plays exemplify the current political and cultural zeitgeist of our city and country: the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, race and gender, the modern struggles of fatherhood, the insular world and morality of video gaming, and a woman’s journey to self-love. Come experience these new plays and hear what they have to say about the world in which we live."

A leader in developing and producing new theater work since its founding in 1974, Victory Gardens was awarded the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwrights include Luis Alfaro, Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Ike Holter, Samuel D. Hunter, Naomi Iizuka, Tanya Saracho, and Laura Schellhardt. Each playwright enjoys a seven-year residency at the theater.

All 2016 IGNITION festival readings will be free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit call the Victory Gardens Box Office at 773.871.3000.