Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre
Dear Theatre Patrons,
We all love a good story. The story can be in the form of a novel, song, photograph, television half-hour, hour, miniseries, film, documentary, or (our favorite form) musicals and plays. Enjoying stories is a wonderful aspect of being human. We are intrigued, horrified, and thrilled by the tribulations and victories of our fellow human beings, whether they are real or imaginary.
We also love to congregate in a space with many people we don’t even know and share this experience together. I must admit that I would miss my remote with the “on demand” button that sits on the coffee table in the TV room. It seems that television just keeps getting better at telling a good story. However, getting dressed, driving to a theatre, entering a special room that is specifically made to tell stories with living beings, and hearing and feeling the responses to the story with hundreds of others, enforces the feeling that we are all in this journey together.
The students here, who are being trained to tell a good story, not only receive theatre training, but also become in the process wonderfully empathic individuals. A major part of an actor’s job is to experience the life of the character they are portraying –physically, mentally and emotionally. Students learn to create settings, apply sound and music, design clothing, lighting and properties that tell us who these people are and where and why they exist. A good story is often in the details.
Thank you for joining us for the previous stories we have told, and we hope to see you throughout the season for five more tales of our human condition.
See you at the theatre,
“Inspecting Carol” returns to Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre
is a show that PLT patrons have wished to see again since the 1996 PLT production. A Christmas Carol
meets The Government Inspector
meets Noises Off
in this hilarious hit from The Seattle Repertory Company. A struggling theatre company is mounting its annual production of A Christmas Carol
amid the very real threat of the funding being cut from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). They have received notice than an inspector from the NEA will be arriving to determine whether continued funding is warranted. At the same time, a man (Eric Redmon of Yorkville), who may very well be the worst actor ever, arrives to audition for the company. Mistaking him for the anticipated inspector, the company’s director (Kayla Carson of Burbank) casts him in a leading role for the production. Add assorted backstage alliances, dalliances, disappearances and you have a recipe for disaster and hilarity.
Director of Theatre Keith White of Joliet directs the outrageously funny cast. The cast also includes Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park, Christy Carlson of Lockport, Taylore Cephas, Conrad Sipiora and Jamie Voustros of Chicago, Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village, Sean Gallagher and Andrew Wainscott of Mokena, Jennifer Glynn of Mt. Greenwood, Simon Merheb of Bartlett and Christopher Pupik of Naperville.
Working behind the scenes are Taylor Pokryfke of North Aurora (stage manager), Serena Clearwater of Arlington Heights (assistant stage manager), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scenic design), Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (lighting design), Sinead Filip of Sugar Grove (properties), Ashley Stajura of Lockport (properties assistant), Bradford Bingham of Chicago (sound design and operator), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).
This play will run November 11-13 and November 17-20 and is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, November 19. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for adult and $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. For groups of 15 or more tickets are $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt
, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kevin Trudeau, Feb. 17-19 & Feb. 23-26, 2017
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
"David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” – Variety
“Good People is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck." –New York Post
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jo Slowik, April 21-23 & April 27-30, 2017
The PLT brings to the stage one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, and the fairies that inhabit a moonlit forest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 1595 or 1596. Some experts believe it was written to have its first performance in the gardens of a great country estate for the celebrations for an aristocratic wedding. As the fictional newlyweds King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena watched Bottom and his friends performing “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a real-life bride and groom were in turn watching them! Shakespeare’s beloved comedy contains a play within a play and a world within a world, inviting audiences to enter a world of magic and fantasy and leave the theatre pondering, "was it all a dream?"
“Festival of love” –Jennifer Kramer, Philadelphia Shakespeare
“Beautiful, powerful, magical, dangerous” – Roseanne Wells, Theatre for a New Audience