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Victory Gardens to stage premieres by Sarah Gubbins, Lucas Hnath


Victory Gardens Theater's five-play slate for its 2015–16 season is set to include world premieres by Sarah Gubbins and Lucas Hnath, Midwest premieres by Marcus Gardley and Roy Williams and a revival of John Logan's Never the Sinner.

Sucker Punch (September 18–October 18), by British playwright Roy Williams, looks at two young black men in 1980s London who aspire to become professional boxers. Dexter Bullard directs. That's followed by Never the Sinner (November 6–December 6), about the Leopold and Loeb case. Gary Griffin will direct the courtroom drama by Logan, an alumnus member of VG's Playwrights Ensemble.

Gubbins's Cocked (February 12–March 13) examines gun issues and self-defense via an anti-gun Andersonville lesbian couple who are visited, unbidden, by one of the pair's unstable brother. Joanie Schultz will direct. Hnath's Hillary and Clinton (April 1–May 1) looks at a presidential candidate named Hillary and her husband, Bill, in an "alternate universe" version of the 2008 primaries; it will be staged by VG artistic director Chay Yew. Both Cocked and Hillary and Clinton were featured in Victory Gardens' IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

Yew will also direct The House That Will Not Stand (June 10–July 10), a family drama set in 1836 New Orleans, where women of color were permitted to be "placed" into common-law marriages with white men. Gardley's play, which premiered in 2014 at Berkeley rep, will mark the third consecutive VG season with a work by the ensemble playwright, whose An Issue of Blood premieres next month.

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