Victory Gardens Theater
, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew, presents The Gospel of Lovingkindness Community Event in partnership with the Chicago Park District
. The event will feature community performances from the theater production program at Austin Town Hall Park as well as a staged reading of Marcus Gardley’s hit play
, The Gospel of Lovingkindness
. This community event will be hosted on Friday, April 29 at 6:00p.m. in Austin at Austin Town Hall Park at 5610 W Lake St
, IL 60644.
Four workshops led by teaching artist, Ashley Roberson, with students from the Austin Town Hall Park theater production program will culminate in this reading performance open to the community in partnership with the Chicago Park District. The Austin Neighborhood Choir will also perform.
The Gospel of Lovingkindness tells the story of two mothers – one who sees her son struggle to find his place in the world, and another who sees her son live his dream. When these proud women meet, everything–their lives, their families, their city–is sent over the edge. As fervent and poetic as a gospel hymn, this drama about faith, family, and loss was inspired by true events.
The Gospel of Lovingkindness staged reading will be directed by Victory Gardens Theater’s Artistic Programs Manager, Monty Cole. Performers include Patrese McClain, LaNisa Frederick, Daryl Satcher, and Wardell Julius Clark.
The tour is produced as part of Victory Gardens Theater‘s Community Programs. This new initiative actively seeks to create meaningful partnerships with the diverse communities in the city of Chicago through theater work. Victory Gardens will invite meaningful dialogue around crucial issues within divergent communities, and will aim to connect communities through new theatrical works created in response to the needs of the community and city-at-large.
All tour events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 773.871.3000 or visit the Victory Gardens website at www.victorygardens.org/gospel.
Austin Town Hall Park
Friday, April 29
6:00pm Community Performances featuring Austin Town Hall Park theater participants and Austin Neighborhood Choir
6:45 pm Dinner Reception
7:15 pm Staged reading of The Gospel of Lovingkindness
Austin Town Hall Park at 5610 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60644
Gospel Tour Sponsors: Allstate Insurance Company, Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Community Partners: Chicago Park District,