Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season

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,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

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2014 - 2015 Season

Pictured (front row, left to right): Tim Tholl, Becky Hicks, Matt Colbert, Tim Karkowski, Christopher Hueg, Jo Slowik. Pictured (back row, left to right): Keith White, Aubrey Malito, Sean Barber, Monisa Victrum, Laura Wisniewski

The Success of “Shrek the Musical” leads to “2014 AlumNights: An Evening of Familiar Faces” at Lewis University’s Studio Theatre

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) just completed a successful and popular run of “Shrek the Musical.” It was a PLT patron favorite that was fun for the whole family. Coming up next on August 15 and 16, Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is proud to announce the return of the production entitled “AlumNights 2014: An Evening of Familiar Faces.” HTC has been a willing company for the alumni and friends of the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) for over 17 years. HTC has been the driving force behind the incredibly successful Christmas show, another patron favorite production that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in December. HTC is rejuvenated for the many new theatrical adventures with the addition of the new, beautiful Studio Theatre.

“AlumNights 2014” performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. General admission tickets are $10, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. The show will include scenes and songs from previous PLT productions that span from “Chorus Line” in 1986 to “Almost, Maine” in 2012. “AlumNights 2014” will feature 11 'familiar faces’ including: Theatre Department chairperson, Keith White, and PLT theatre manager, Jo Slowik both of Joliet performing a scenetogether. Directing and performing in the production is alumna Monisa Victrum teaming up with PLT friend Becky Hicks as music director and performer both also of Joliet. Other alumni and friends include: Tim Karkowski from Channahon, Aubrey Malito from Palos Park, Tim Tholl from Lockport, Matt Colbert from Plainfield, Christopher Hueg from Roseville, MN, Sean Barber from Aurora and Laura Wieniewski from Chicago.

“AlumNights 2014” was conceived and written by alumnus Chad Tallon of Essex. Chad has completed performing the title role in “Shrek the Musical” and has received a teaching fellowship with the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY. Working behind the scenes on the show are Jackie Sabani from Plainfield (stage manager), Ross Reed from Country Club Hills (assistant stage manager), Andrew Nelsen (lighting and set design), Melissa Chicola from Lockport (sound), Ashley Daun from New Lenox (props), Melanie Gillies from Lombard and Sandy Bednarz fromDowners Grove (box office), Stephanie Hill from Romeoville (house manager).

“AlumNights 2014” will be held in Lewis University’s Studio Theatre, located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Lewis main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville. Seating is general admission, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may be purchased or reserved at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office the evening of the performances or in advance during regular hours Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can visit the PLT Web site at or e-mail the box office at or call (815) 836-5500.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Becca’s mother, Nat, and her younger sister, Izzy, try in their own ways to comfort the couple. When Izzy, the family troublemaker, announces that she is pregnant, Becca and Howie must come to terms with the new life in the family while dealing with their grief. In the final act, Jason comes to their home. He has written a story about alternate realities in which those who die live on elsewhere. His visit helps Becca to realize the family must move on. Deeply humane, occasionally funny and always heartrending, The Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Rabbit Hole explores the ways we deal with grief, both individually and as families.

Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 2-5, 2014
Guest directed by Michael Bassett
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, Michael Frayn’s uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on- and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre British touring acting company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant red herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Noises Off is a hysterical comedy packed full of a side-splitting collection of forgotten cues, missed connections, and backstage hilarity! The New York Times reviewed Noises Off as “a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”

Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23, 2014
Directed by Keith White
Recommended 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

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!