Victory Gardens 2020-21 Season – Equity Video Submission (Deadline 05.06.20)

Victory Gardens Theater
Chicago, IL

Job Details



CAT $426 per week minimum.

Kanomé Jones – Associate Producer

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Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

Victory Gardens Theater will be accepting video submissions for principal and understudy casting for our 2020-2021 Season:

POOR YELLA REDNECKS, By Qui Nguyen, Directed by Jess McLeod
IN EVERY GENERATION, By Ali Viterbi, Directed by Devon de Mayo EXIT STRATEGY, By Ike Holter, Directed by Wardell Julius Clark CULLUD WATTAH, By Erika Dickerson-Despenza, Directed by Lili- Anne Brown

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, By Will Arbery, Directed by Jonathan Berry


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Victory Gardens Theater, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political persuasion or belief or any other protected characteristic as established by federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Casting Note (adopted from language with consent originally created by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin of Actors Theatre of Louisville):

The artistic team at Victory Gardens seeks to cast as expansively and authentically as possible. We are committed to the most inclusive representation of race/ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability on our stages. As an ADA compliant theater, we welcome performers of all abilities and will make all reasonable accommodations in order to cast performers, regardless of disability, in any role possible. With regard to the character descriptions, we recognize that most characters are written on the binary (use he/him or she/her pronouns) and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

Other Dates

By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jess McLeod

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
First Preview: Friday, September 18, 2020
Opening: Friday, September 25, 2020
Closing: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Possible Extension: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Far away in the exotic land of Arkansas, the story of Tong and Quang continues, six years after the end of the critically acclaimed Vietgone. But this isn’t a sequel: it’s a whole new story. Falling in love was easy–but life in a new country, with a different language, low wages, and a young child is a lot harder. And that’s before Quang’s first wife reappears. Playwright Qui Nguyen digs deep into personal history to continue the hilarious, heartbreaking, intensely human saga of his family’s life in ‘70s rural America, in his characteristic subversive style, set to a hip-hop beat. Poor Yella Rednecks will be staged by Victory Gardens Resident Director Jess McLeod (Resident Director, Hamilton Chicago).

By Ali Viterbi
Directed by Devon de Mayo

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
First Preview: Friday, November 13, 2020
Opening: Friday, November 20, 2020
Closing: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Possible Extension: Sunday, December 20, 2020

Each Passover, for four millennia, we ask: why is this night different from all other nights? And each year, the Levi-Katz clan has answered, while struggling with questions of race and religion that never seem to get resolved. The family finds strength in tradition (vegan brisket or no); but each year of celebration brings more pressing questions about the future: if trauma is generational, then must we be defined by it? Will we ever be free? Written by Ali Viterbi, In Every Generation was the 2019 winner of the National Jewish Playwriting Contest, and will have its world premiere at Victory Gardens, staged by Devon de Mayo (If I Forget, Victory Gardens).

By Ike Holter
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
First Preview: Friday, January 29, 2021
Opening: Friday, February 5, 2021
Closing: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Possible Extension: Sunday, March 7, 2021

Tumbldn High School is your typical Chicago Public School: underfunded, understaffed, and underperforming. And at the end of the year, it will close. But it’s home for its teachers and students, who decide to fight back to save their school. The vice principal leads the charge, but with tensions at a breaking point, his efforts may be too little–or too futile–to change Tumbldn’s fate. The second story in Ike Holter’s Rightlynd Saga, Exit Strategy is loaded with humor and overflowing with fury, asking what we owe to our communities. This critically acclaimed production will be staged by Wardell Julius Clark (Sheepdog, Shattered Globe; Kill Move Paradise, TimeLine Theatre).

By Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
First Preview: Friday, April 9, 2021
Opening: Friday, April 16, 2021
Closing: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Thanksgiving, 2016: Flint, Michigan has been without clean water for 936 days. Marion, a third- generation General Motors assembly line worker, worries over impending layoffs while struggling to fight the poison that floods her home–and her family’s bodies. When her sister, Ainee, seeks restitution for lead poisoning, secrets bubble to the surface, threatening to capsize not only their family, but all of Vehicle City. Penned by award-winning playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza, cullud wattah will be staged by Victory Gardens Resident Director Lili-Anne Brown (Lottery Day; School Girls: Or The African Mean Girls Play, Goodman Theatre).

By Will Arbery
Directed by Jonathan Berry

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
First Preview: Friday, June 11, 2021
Opening: Friday, June 18, 2021
Closing: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Possible Extension: Sunday, July 18, 2021

At a backyard after-party in rural Wyoming, four young conservatives gather to celebrate their mentor’s induction as president of their tiny Catholic alma mater. What starts as a celebration devolves into a vicious fight for understanding, as generations clash and the search for spiritual clarity descends into chaos. Playwright Will Arbery confronts a country at war with itself–and over its future– in one of the best plays of 2019, as recognized by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and more. Heroes of the Fourth Turning will be staged by Jonathan Berry (The Children, Steppenwolf) in its Chicago Premiere, bringing the acclaimed play home to the heartland after its stunning New York debut.

Character Breakdowns


TONG: F, 30s, Asian. Tong escaped Vietnam and now finds herself, along with her husband, mother and child, in a small town in El Dorado, Arkansas. She is very confident…a rock star and she is about to take center stage in her own life.

HUONG/THU: F, 30’s, Asian. Huong is Tong’s mother. She is the caretaker for her young grandson. She refuses to learn English but is trying to carve a place for herself in her new country.

QUANG: M, 30’s-40s, Asian. Quang was an expert helicopter pilot for the South Vietnamese Air Force when Saigon fell. He escaped and made it to America. He had to leave his wife and children behind in Vietnam. He is in love with Tong.

NHAN/LITTLE MAN: M, 30’s. Asian. Nhan is Quang’s best friend. He is the unique Frat Boy that you almost like.

PLAYWRIGHT/NARRATOR/BOBBY: M, 30s. Asian. The author of the show, who is looking for details about his family’s past. Bobby is Tong’s ex-boyfriend.

*All Roles Have Been Cast*


VALERIA LEVI: White, first generation American, daughter of Davide and Paola, mother of Devorah and Yael, 57 years old in Parts 1 and 4, 88 years old in Part 3.

DEVORAH (DEV) KATZ: Chinese American, adopted, daughter of Valeria, older sister to Yael, 23 years old in Parts 1 and 4, 54 years old in Part 3.

YAEL KATZ: White, daughter of Valeria, younger sister to Devorah, 19 years old in Parts 1 and 4, 50 years old in Part 3.

DAVIDE LEVI: White, Italian, married to Paola, Valeria’s father, 87 years old in Parts 1 and 4: has ALS and no longer has the ability to speak, 22 years old in Part 2.

PAOLA LEVI: White, Yugoslavian/Italian, married to Davide, Valeria’s mother, 85 years old in Parts 1 and 4, 20 years old in Part 2.

*Seeking All Roles*

RICKY: Assistant principal. Casually professional head-case with a mile-a-minute mouth.

PAM: Old-school educator without a second to spare. End. Of. Her. Rope. ARNOLD: Former nice guy turned stone-cold teacher. Lost something. LUCE: Ex-frat boy turned math teacher. Everybody’s right-hand man. SADIE: Assertive educator. Positive foot forward. Till she trips.

JANIA: The youngest teacher in the room. Survived the toughest stuff. Acts like it. DONNIE: Student. Spits out words like hand grenades and holds nothing back. *Seeking Understudy Roles Only*


PLUM: 9, Frail but arithmetically sharp African American girl; she is blue-blk— like a plum

MARION: Early 30s, heavy-set, cinnamon-colored African American woman; a robust & weary third- generation engine assembly line worker; Plum & Reesee’s mama.

REESEE: 17, Saucy, honey-colored African American young woman infatuated with yemọja; a dancer & aspiring doula.

BIG MA: Mid 60s, thin, high-yellow African American woman; the stern & churchy matriarch of the Cooper family.

AINEE: Mid 30s, 34 weeks pregnant African American woman the color of pulled taffy; Marion’s defiant older sister.

*Seeking All Roles*


EMILY: F, mid 20s, warm, kind-hearted, funny; suffers from severe chronic illness; Gina’s daughter; worked in pro-life Catholic charities.

TERESA: F, late 20s, from Connecticut; a conservative journalist and columnist; fierce, brilliant, confident, acerbic. Right-wing. Nationalist

KEVIN: M, late 20s, from Oklahoma; works at a Catholic textbook company; tortured, self-loathing, funny, alcoholic.

JUSTIN: M, late 30s, an ex-Marine sniper; bearded; quiet, intense, strong, religious; a hunter; plays the guitar.

GINA: F, mid-sixties, the new president of a small conservative Catholic college; both warm and cold, casual and formal; extremely intelligent and charismatic. Could have been president of the country; had eight children and taught the whole time.

*Seeking All Roles*

Victory Gardens 2020-21 Season – Equity Video Submission Page 7 of 7

AEA Actors and EMC Actors are invited to submit a video audition for the 2020/2021 Season.
All actors submitting are required to fill out this audition form: – in the form, there will be an opportunity to upload headshot / resume and submit a video link.

For any questions or issues using the audition form, please email [email protected]

Please prepare TWO selections not to exceed 4mins. Selection one must be a contemporary piece. Selection two must be a heightened language piece (which can include poetry, early to mid 20th century, other classical work, etc – please no Shakespeare). Feel free to also answer the following: Name one thing you’re doing to stay well during quarantine?

Deadline: 05/06/2020