Victory Gardens preps 2005-06 sked

'Memory House' to open season on Sept. 9

Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater’s 2005-06 season will include three world premieres from its stable of resident writers: James Sherman’s “Half and Half,” Kristine Thatcher’s “A Fair to Middling Woman” and Lonnie Carter’s “Wheatley.”

Kathleen Tolan’s “Memory House” opens the season Sept. 9 with its Midwest preem. Play about a mother-daughter relationship debuted at this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays; original cast members Taylor Miller and Cassandra Bissell and director Sandy Shinner repeat their duties in Chi. Also expected from the Humana fest is Kia Corthron’s “Moot the Messenger.”

Also on the lineup is Nilo Cruz’s “Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams.”

“Wheatley,” running Oct. 6-Nov. 13, is based on the life of American slave girl Phyllis Wheatley, whose poetic talent took her to Boston and then to the great salons of Europe. Sharon J. Shruggs directs.

“Half and Half” (March 24-May 7, 2006) is two related one-acts exploring marriage roles past and present. Victory Gardens artistic director Dennis Zacek directs.

“A Fair to Middling Woman” (May 26-July 9, 2006) is inspired by the life of Suzanne Deschevaux-Dumesnil, wife of playwright Samuel Beckett.

Winner of the 2001 regional theater Tony Award, Victory Gardens plans to move to the Biograph Theater; however, construction delays mean the coming season will be entirely housed at the company’s longtime home on North Lincoln Avenue in Chi. The world preem of Charles Smith’s “Denmark” is expected to launch the 2006-07 season at the Biograph.

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