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,

2016-17 Season Announcement

John Lennon
Pictured (from left to right): Bradford Bingham, Jacob Rodriguez, Keith White, Taylore Cephas, Christy Carlson, Andrew Wainscott, Miguel Salazar, Taylor Pakryfke and Michael Palermo

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre presents “The Day They Shot John Lennon”

John Lennon's early death crowned him with a sort of immortality that hasn't lessened to this day. A sort of immortality and communal mourning that is experienced by fans similar to the recent tragic deaths of Robin Williams, Muhammad Ali, Prince or David Bowie. Playwright James McLure has written his play using an ensemble of 9 characters who spend the day across the street from Lennon’s residence, the Dakota apartment building at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. “Within this crowd that you see on stage are several groupings of people who represent different cross sections of American types,” said playwright James McClure.

Included are Brian, a young advertising executive (Andrew Wainscott of Mokena) and Fran, a “women’s libber” (Christy Carlson of Lockport) who had both been at Woodstock. A group of high school friends (Taylor Pakryfke of North Aurora, Michael Palermo of Westchester, Miguel Salazar of Crest Hill) who are seemingly more preoccupied with romantic entanglements. Morris, an elderly Jewish man (Keith White, Chair and Director of Theatre at Lewis University of Joliet) who mistakenly thinks that the murder victim was actor Jack Lemmon. Rounding out the cast is Laura, an urban black kid with a street-wise arrogance masking sensitivity (Taylore Cephas of Chicago), and 2 Vietnam Vets, Silvio (Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago) and Gately (Bradford Bingham of Chicago). Michael Bassett of Oak Park is directing the emotional realistic drama and explores the relationships that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, sometimes menacing.

Working behind the scenes are Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (stage manager and co-sound design), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (assistant stage manager), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scenic and lighting design), Sean Gallagher of Mokena (properties), Grace Spindler of Palos Heights (properties assistant), Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park (co-sound design and sound board operator), Eric Redmon of Yorkville (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director). Front-of-house staff is Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village (box office), Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Jessi Sheppard of Peotone and Conrad Sipiora of Chicago (house managers).

The play will run September 30-October 2 and October 6-9 and is recommended for patrons 16 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, October 8. 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, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

HTC Plastic Ono Band Concert Logo

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” Album Concert at Lewis University’s Studio Theatre

Six musicians will perform “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” the former Beatle’s debut solo album, in its entirety Oct. 22 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

The performance hosted by Heritage Theatre Company (HTC), an alumni organization that includes alumni and friends of the Philip Lynch Theatre, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Studio Theatre at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling the box office at 815-836-5500. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts by the theatre department to upgrade technology.

Performers are Robyn Castle of Joliet, Clarence Goodman of Chicago, Ron Kostka of Minooka, Kev Wright of New Lenox Tim Placher and Ted Slowik both of Joliet.

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” was released on Dec. 11, 1970, in the United States and United Kingdom to critical acclaim. The album features Lennon, Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass. Producer Phil Spector and Billy Preston each play piano on one song, and Yoko Ono contributed as well.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album No. 23 on its 2010 list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

“Also known as the ‘primal scream’ album, referring to the painful therapy that gave rise to its songs, ‘Plastic Ono Band’ was John Lennon’s first proper solo album and rock & roll's most self-revelatory recording,” Rolling Stone said.

“Lennon attacks and ¬denies idols and icons, including his own former band (‘I don't believe in Beatles,’ he sings in ‘God’), to hit a pure, raw core of confession that, in its echo-drenched, garage-rock crudity, is years ahead of punk,” according to Rolling Stone. While various artists have recorded versions of songs from the album, this may be the first time the album has been performed live in its entirety. An extensive online search revealed no other documented live performances of the 11-song collection.

The performance will include strong language featured in Lennon’s lyrics and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The performance of the album is estimated at 45 minutes. Following an intermission, participating artists will perform other material, including original compositions.

Visit to learn more. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Inspecting Carol

Inspecting Carol

by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company
Directed by Keith White, Nov. 11-13 & Nov. 17-20, 2016

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 who may very well be the worst actor ever arrives to audition for the company.  Mistaking him for the inspector, the director cast him in a leading role for the production.  Add assorted backstage alliances, dalliances, disappearances and you have a recipe for disaster and hilarity.  Inspecting Carol is a show that PLT patrons have wished to see again since the 1996 PLT production. 

"I laughed till I cried...Sheer comic genius." - Journal American
"A Dickens of a giggle." - Seattle Times
"A rollicking farce." - Everett Herald

Good People

Good People

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

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

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