Victory Garden Theater's "Chicago Stories" 2010


With Bernie Sahlins, NPR's Peter Sagal, renowned theater critic Richard Christiansen, Victory Garden Theater's Executive Director Jan Kallish and Artistic Director Dennis Zacek.

Victory Gardens Theater hosted their 20th "Chicago Stories" fundraiser at the Fairmont this weekend.  I was so honored to be one of the three celebrity (their word, not mine!) playwrights chosen for this year's 20th anniversary.  Another playwright was Peter Sagal, host of NPR and WBEZ's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me", one of the most popular shows on public radio now in its 10th year and the winner of a Peabody Award.  The third playwright was Bernie Sahlins, co-founder, producer and director of The Second City Chicago and co-founder of The International Theatre Festival of Chicago.  He has also directed numberous productions for Steppenwolf.  Co-chairs for this fun event were Sylvia Margolies, Anne Marie Peretz and Richard Skolly.

I felt a little out of my league but my play, "A Facebook Fairytale" held its own and was very charming and funny just the way I had hoped!  I was very proud of the incredible actors who performed it to perfection including my stepson, Charley Jordan, Meg Thalken, Audrey Morgan, Matt DeCaro, Gwendolyn Whiteside and Jaime Totti.  All of the plays were directed by Victory Garden's legendary Artistic Director, Dennis Zacek

When Dennis approached me about doing this I was wildly apprehensive but then realized what an extraordinary opportunity and memory it would be.  Now that I've written my play, I can tell you that seeing my words come to life onstage was a thrill I will never forget.  Renowned theater critic, Richard Christiansen, had this to say about my play, "Comedy via the internet.  A fresh new source of satire.  Neatly performed." (I think I'll frame it!) 

A former celebrity playwright, Leslie Hindman, conducted the live auction to her usual standards of perfection and success and the dinner was delicious.  300 people came out to support Victory Gardens and there was also a silent auction that included a meet and greet with actor William Peterson and lunch with John Mahoney.  The event raised over $170K for VGT. 

Next stop Broadway?!?

(By the way, if you haven't enjoyed a performance at Victory Gardens Theater at 2433 N. Lincoln, you are missing an amazing theater experience!  I hope you will support VGT.  Every donation, no matter how small helps.  Please visit or call (773) 549-5788 for tickets and more info.) 

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