March 5 - April 7, 2013
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Gary Griffin
in association with Victory Gardens Theater
The family that stresses together, represses together.
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. A play about the trouble with inheritance, memory loss, and the art of repression.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ work has been seen at The Public Theater, PS122, Soho Rep, The Matrix Theatre (Los Angeles), Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), Company One (Boston), Theater Bielefeld (Bielefeld, Germany) and the HighTide Festival (United Kingdom). Jacobs-Jenkins is a Usual Suspect, a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at the Juilliard School. His honors include a Princess Grace Award, the Paula Vogel Award, the Tennessee Williams Award, two residencies with the Sundance Theatre Lab and a fellowship in playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Jacobs-Jenkins holds an M.A. in performance studies from New York University.
Age Level: Ages 16 and up (Grade 11)
Content Advisory: Contains strong language, adult situations, and sexual content
Appropriate was developed, in part, at Vineyard Arts Project, Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director, the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre LAB at the Sundance Resort, and Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, Illinois, Chay Yew, Artistic Director, Jan Kallish, Executive Director, as part of IGNITION 2012.
What the critics are saying about Appropriate
“This script is dark and real, full of truthful humor and valuable wisdom, exploring roots, abandonment and discrimination from the past and present.”— Jane Mattingly, LEO Weekly
“Toni, Jordan Baker is astonishing to watch onstage.” — Jane Mattingly, LEO Weekly
“The honesty of this piece is particularly moving.” — Jane Mattingly, LEO Weekly
“It’s not a downer. There are lots of laughs, maybe a few tears, and though it may not have quite the ‘appropriate’ ending some audiences would hope for, it’s refreshing to see the kind of growth and healing that takes place in the characters — and the letting go.” — Jane Mattingly, LEO Weekly
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