Illinois Holocaust Museum and Victory Gardens Theater Partnership

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Victory Gardens Theater have developed an innovative programming partnership to further their shared goals of combating hatred, prejudice, and indifference. 

“Both the Museum and Victory Gardens are committed to engaging audiences with stories of historical and contemporary struggles and triumphs. As we explored our partnership, we realized the incredible overlap between the themes in our exhibits and Victory Garden’s performances over the coming year. It’s thrilling to be able to present a year of thought-provoking programming together,” says Susan Abrams, CEO of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

“We’re extremely proud to embark on this year-long partnership with Illinois Holocaust Museum,” states Victory Gardens Artistic Director, Chay Yew. “We remain committed to making American Theatre accessible and relevant to all people, igniting civic dialogue on issues of social justice and equity and creating meaningful societal change especially in these challenging times.”


See these two upcoming collaborative programs at Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Exploring the Cambodian Genocide through Theater and Music
Sunday, January 13, 2019 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Cast members of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band will present a scene and a song from the production, followed by an in-depth conversation of the human cost of the Cambodian Genocide. The discussion will be inspired by Cambodian refugee objects and images from the Stories of Survival exhibition.

Cambodian Rock Band is written by Lauren Yee and directed by Marti Lyons.



School to Prison Pipeline
Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cast members from Pipeline will present a scene from the production followed by a panel discussion about the school to prison pipeline. The panel will explore the parallels between the effects of this phenomena on inner-city youth and in the themes of the exhibit Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808-1865.

Pipeline is written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. 





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