Philip Lynch Theatre

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Dear Theatre Patrons,

On Saturday, May 20th, the stage of the Philip Lynch Theatre was dedicated and named in honor of the theatre’s creator, Chet Kondratowicz. Chet, who began teaching at Lewis in 1965, fought in 1975 to obtain the space when the aviation department abandoned this old hangar, shops and classrooms for a new building and hangar across the street and adjacent to the airport.

You will be able to view a plaque, designed by Professor Emeritus Harold McCay, for the “Chet Kondratowicz Stage” at the top of the main stairwell leading to the theatre when you next attend a production at the PLT.  It was Chet’s admiration of the work of British director, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, which led to his design of our space.  Instead of the pervasive proscenium or “picture frame” stage, Guthrie initiated a return to a thrust style stage where the acting area sits amidst the audience, as was used in ancient Greek and Elizabethan eras.  This style brings a close association between the actors and audience and reinforces the feeling of a communal experience for all in attendance.

Since 1976, when the PLT first opened, hundreds of professional performers, including Brian Bedford and Lynn Redgrave, who have performed here, have remarked on the beauty and intimacy of the space.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Sold Out at Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre

ROMEOVILLE— The Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) has made department history!  For the first time in many years, the summer musical is sold out before the 4th of July! Many times, you hear that a production is sold out, and then when you attend the performance... you make note of empty seats.  You think to yourself, “Why are there empty seats when I was told the performance was sold out?”

Every time you attend a PLT production, we have secured and purchased the performance rights to a show.  The details of a theatrical license may include whether the production is amateur or professional, the price of tickets, the size of the venue, the financing of the production, and the location of the production. Some publishers offer special licenses for performances at festivals or competitions.  More importantly, theatre publishers can put seating restrictions in performance license contracts.

The PLT theatrical license with Disney and Music Theatre International, the publisher who holds the performance rights to The Little Mermaid, have in place seating restrictions for our production.  The PLT seats 242 patrons total, and for The Little Mermaid, we are bound by our contract to seat only 190 patrons.  That’s 52 seats in the PLT that will be empty at performances.  We are not seating in the balcony which is 39 seats, and the remaining 13 seats in section 4 due to obstructed viewing because of the set design.

Patrons looking to purchase tickets can call the box office to check for released seats.  They are sold on a first come; first serve basis.  Patrons can also volunteer to usher for a performance.  Usher seating is not guaranteed, but you’ll see the show for free.  Ushers are asked to arrive 60 minutes prior to a performance, and wear business casual attire.  Call or stop by the box office, (815) 836-5500 to sign-up to usher.

Starting one hour prior to a sold-out performance, our box office staff will begin a waiting list. At 15 minutes prior to showtime, in the event of last-minute cancellations or no-shows, and at the discretion of the management, tickets may be released and given to patrons on the waiting list with priority given to current subscribers. The box office does not take waiting list names over the phone; you must arrive in person to sign up. The box office open 60 minutes prior to scheduled performances. We cannot guarantee that seats will become available, but we will do our best to accommodate you.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed on July 20-22 and July 26-29 and is recommended for patrons of all ages. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on July 28.  Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged; indeed, some performances are sold out. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult, $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information patrons can follow us on social media @pltlewisu, call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m.. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students.  Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates.

2018-2019 PLT Season

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including   “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”  Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

July 20-22 & July 26-29, 2018
Guest Directed by Jason Aguirre ‘08
Recommended for patrons of all ages.  $12 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the older, imperious Masha.  “Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny…a heedless good time.” —The New York Times. “…riotous…the show’s a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy that’s sadly rare on Broadway.” —NY Post.

September 28-30 & October 4-7, 2018
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Leading Ladies

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that a wealthy elderly lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the fortune. The trouble is, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the elderly lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.


November 9-11 & November 15-18, 2018
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Broadway Bound

Broadway Bound was the nominee for the 1987 Tony Award, Best Play & Drama Desk Award, Best Play Finalist, and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.  Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, (Brighton Beach Memories and Biloxi Blues), the play finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers. Meanwhile, the siblings are coping with their parents break-up and eventually divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. “Contains some of the author’s most accomplished writing.” - The New York Times   “A lovely play; warm, perceptive and gently humorous.” – Newsday    

February 15-17 & February 21-24, 2019
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.  A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island.  At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.


April 12-14 & April 25-28, 2019 (please note Easter weekend between performance weekends)
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for patrons of all ages.  $12 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!