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,

Large cast world premiere of “Little Brother” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

ROMEOVILLE— “Little Brother,” a fast-paced techie-political adventure comes to Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT). Based on the young adult novel by Cory Doctorow and adapted by Josh Costello, it is the show the San Francisco Bay Guardian called “the most exciting thing on stage” and “alive like few other productions.” The show is a near-future thriller, a teenage romance, and a frightening predictor of possibilities to come. The show made its small cast San Francisco debut in 2012, and is making the large cast debut at the PLT.

Little Brother

The play begins as “Little Brother,” 17-year-old hacker Marcus (played by Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park) plays electronic cat and mouse games on his computer while skipping school in San Francisco. When the city is the victim of a sudden terrorist attack, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Apprehended by Homeland Security, experiences merciless interrogation. When no one believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself.

Theatre professor Kevin Trudeau of Chicago is directing “Little Brother” with a talented cast of 14 performers including:  Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, Alfonso Blanco of Alsip, Zachary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield, Justin Anderson of Orland Park, Matthew Carlson of Lockport, Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Kate O’Neil of Yorkville, Adam Parker of Naperville, Brianna Peoples of Oak Park, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Sylmarie Soto of Joliet, and Rachel Tau of Wood Dale.

Working behind the scenes on this modern day digital thriller are:  Jordin Richards of Tinley Park (costume design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (assistant costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scene and light design) Adam Sikorski of Burbank, (sound and still image projection design), Bryan Lochner of Essex (video design), Brianna Reidy of Darien (properties), Allie DiMiele of New Lenox (stage manager), Faith Berry of Joliet (assistant stage manager), Katy Papineau of Kankakee (lightboard operator), Emma McGee of Joliet (projection operator), and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

This thought provoking, suspenseful, and emotionally raw show will run February 13-15 and February 19-22 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 matinee performance at 4 p.m. on February 21.  Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students with an ID pay $2. For groups of 15 or more tickets is $8. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m.  The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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 original comedy, “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 prepares intellectually 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

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!

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.