* What makes Victory Gardens so unique?
-We are Chicago's #1 producer of new plays. In our 35 years, we've produced more mainstage world premiere plays than any other Chicago theater.
-We are devoted to the writer - we have our own ensemble of playwrights (as opposed to an ensemble of actors - Steppenwolf - or directors aka the Goodman.) Our commitment to new plays and our unique playwrights set-up led to us receiving the 2001 Tony Award for Regional Theater. Today, Chicago is the only U.S. city with 4 regional Tony Award winners - us, Steppenwolf, Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare.
-The show we are about to open, Blackbird, stars William Petersen. Bill got his Equity card at Victory Gardens 30 years ago, and he has remained steadfastly loyal to us. Dennis is the director of Blackbird, and cast Bill in his first lead role - Dillinger, in a play called Dillinger, in 1978!