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2020 Ignition Festival of New Plays

2020 Ignition Festival of New Plays

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Join us for our annual festival of new plays, now online for Summer 2020!
Over four weeks from mid-June to mid-July, join us for FREE Thursday evening readings of four new plays from Chicago playwrights. Each reading will be followed by a “Coffee with the Creators” chat during lunch hour the Friday after.

About IGNITION
The IGNITION Festival of New Plays is an annual festival devoted to fostering a community of support for the development of outstanding new plays and nurturing relationships with emerging and established playwrights. All online events are free and open to the public.

How It Works
Registration for IGNITION events opens the week of May 25, 2020, on this page. Please note that you will need to create or log in to a VG account to complete your registration. We will send an email to the address you registered with containing details on how to access and participate in each event.

Black Like Me by Monty Cole | Thursday, June 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
In 1959, John Howard Griffin began the process of temporarily changing the color of his skin. Two pills, regular sessions under a sun lamp, and skin dye made Griffin’s skin “black enough” to pass as a black man. He set out on a dangerous journey through the South to discover what it was like to be black, writing a journal entry every day. Black Like Me is a collection of those journal entries. Chicago artist Monty Cole’s inventive noir adaptation of the classic memoir reimagines and challenges this seminal work and asks what allyship looks like today.

Coffee with the Creators: Monty Cole on Black Like Me | Friday, June 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

North Star by Georgette Kelly | Thursday, June 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hiding out in the woods, Cass and Elliot aren’t sure if they’re the only ones who escaped the shooter at the all-girls camp where they’ve spent the summer. All they know is that they left behind mean girls and new romances and brought with them nothing but the story of voyageurs who sold their souls to sail through the sky in 1823. Georgette Kelly’s heart-wrenching tale of lost innocence interweaves coming-of-age stories with larger-than-life myths to explore questions of violence, love, and trust.

Coffee with the Creators: Georgette Kelly on North Star | Friday, June 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Last Hermanos by Exal Iraheta | Thursday, July 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Brothers Miguel and Julio are on the run. They’re the last of their family, fleeing an America where being Latinx has become a crime. When Miguel meets a sympathetic white deserter named Shepherd, he wonders whether they’ve found the ally they need or the agent of their undoing. Exal Iraheta’s Last Hermanos offers an unsettling glimpse into a future fueled by hate and fear through a story of tenacious brotherhood.

Coffee with the Creators: Exal Iraheta on Last Hermanos | Friday, July 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Pivot by Alex Lubischer | Thursday, July 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Kara knows what she wants: a giant wedding reception, a father-daughter dance to the Dixie Chicks, and a solid three-year crop rotation plan for the farm. But when her wedding plans blow up in her face, Kara is prepared to upend the entire town of Milton, Nebraska, to fight for the future that should have been hers. A play about tradition, change, and things you should never, ever say to your in-laws.

Coffee with the Creators: Alex Lubischer on Pivot | Friday, July 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Victory Gardens Theater

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Thursday, Jun 18
  1. 7:00pm
    $0

Friday, Jun 19
  1. 12:00pm
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Thursday, Jun 25
  1. 7:00pm
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Friday, Jun 26
  1. 12:00pm
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Thursday, Jul 9
  1. 7:00pm
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Friday, Jul 10
  1. 12:00pm
    $0

Thursday, Jul 16
  1. 7:00pm
    $0

Friday, Jul 17
  1. 12:00pm
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