Victory Gardens Theater’s 2008 inaugural IGNITION festival, generously funded by the Ford Foundation, had a dual goal: to introduce exceptional new writers of color under the age of 40 to Victory Gardens and to ignite future productions of the winning plays around the country.
Six plays were selected for the festival weekend out of 120 submissions:
Fati’s Last Dance by France-Luce Benson
The Imagine Man by Christopher De Paola
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz
Year Zero by Michael Golamco
A Better Babylon by Michael Lew
Bathing Van Gogh by Brian Tucker
The six festival playwrights traveled to Chicago to participate in rehearsals, and leading theater artists of color from across the nation directed and performed in the new play readings. Following the festival, two plays were selected for intensive workshop and VG committed to produce at least one festival script.