Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season

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,

Subscribe and save! Become a Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) subscriber and save up to 15 percent on the entire season. PLT subscribers receive preferred seating for 5 magical shows for the low price of $44. Other subscription benefits include: free parking, free ticket insurance and free ticket exchanges. Subscribe and save to the magic of theatre. Individual tickets go on sale June 19, 2013 for Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre 2013 - 2014 season.

Current Production

“If These Walls Could Talk”
a World Premiere Comedy at Lewis University

If These Walls Could Talk

The ever mysterious ‘teacher’s lounge.’  Left to right:  Christie Billups, Jeff Weiss, Sean Barber, Mary Bradley, Christy Jones, Brianna Reidy, Ashley Daun.

Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of an originalcomedy, “If These Walls Could Talk” by Stephanie Hill, 2011 Lewis University alumna.  Performances are January 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm in the Oremus Fine Arts Center, Studio Theatre.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (815) 836-5500. 

“If These Walls Could Talk” takes a comedic glimpse into the high school experience. The play begins with a high school student named Greg (Will Kostecka of Winfield). He is dressed and ready to go to school. Greg says, “We don’t do anything in school. It’s so boring. Can you just let me stay home?” An unseen voice replies, “No. What do you mean you don’t do anything in school? Are you telling me that you sit in the classroom and absolutely nothing happens? I don’t believe that. Not for one second.” And so it begins... He doesn’t suspect that this seemingly ordinary day at school could be one of the best days of his life. His colorful teachers and energetic friends prove that extraordinary moments exist in ordinary places.

The spirited cast includes Sean Barber ‘11 of Aurora, Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Pastoral Ministry, and Coordinator of Service Learning at Lewis University, Christie Billups, Taylor Cephas, and Laura Wisniewski ‘07 of Chicago; Kamil Borowski of Central Stickney; Mary Bradley of Palos Heights; Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park; Ashley Daun ‘12 of New Lenox; Austin Hill of Naperville; Christy Jones ‘06 of Homer Glen; Emily Lif of Lockport; Briana Reidy of Darien; Adam Sikorski of Burbank; Kate Sisto ‘11 of Orland Park; and Jeff Weiss of Greenfield, MN.

Keith White ‘77 of Joliet is directing the production.  The behind-the-scene staff includes: Jackie Sabani ’08 of Hanover Park (stage manger), Melissa Chicola ’13 of Lockport (assistant stage manger), Jessie Richey ’13 of McHenry (lighting design), Christopher Hueg ’11 of Roseville, MN (sound design) and Amanda Foresta ’13 of Steger (projection design).

The production is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up.  The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.  Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission seating, first come; first serve. Lewis students, faculty and staff tickets are $2. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500, Monday through Friday, 1-4:30 p.m.  Patrons can also email The theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis preparesintellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

2015 Season

In Little Brother, 17-year-old hacker Marcus plays electronic cat and mouse games on his computer while skipping school in San Francisco. When the city is the victim of a terrorist attack, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is suddenly apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security for days of merciless interrogation on Treasure Island. When no one besides his friends believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself. Little Brother is a near-future thriller, a teenage romance, and a frightening predictor of possibilities to come.The play is based on the acclaimed and best-selling young adult novel by tech celebrity Cory Doctorow.

Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 19-22, 2015
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

King Shahryar discovers his queen has been unfaithful, and, enraged he murders her. He becomes so convinced that all women are deceitful and unfaithful that he vows to marry a virgin each night and kill her the next morning. After three years, no one remains in the kingdom who is eligible to be sacrificed. The King notices that his faithful servant has two daughters and demands the elder as his bride that very night and the younger girl the next night. The servant’s daughter, Scheherezade agrees and brings her sister to the palace with a plan. The marriage takes place, Shahryar attempts to kill Scheherezade but her sister, Dunyazade cries that she cannot sleep unless she hears one of her sister’s wonderful stories. And so it goes, as one tale leads to another tale and always ending with a cliffhanger. Her life is spared for one more night as the King wishes to hear how the story will end. The cycle begins that will end a thousand and one nights later.

April 17-19 and April 23-26, 2015
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!