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.

2014 - 2015 Season

Holiday Show
Pictured: The happy Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Spectacular cast!

The Wait is Over! 10th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with the 10th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Due to popular demand, a 4 p.m. matinee has been added on December 6.

Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter. A special feature this year will be the return of the “Fake vs. Real Thriller Trees” sketch.

The box office opens at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the matinee on December 6 with holiday confections in the lobby. Digital photos for $5 on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time. The proceeds from concessions and the photos go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods going to local shelters.

Seating is general admission and ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. E-mail the box office at or call (815) 836-5500 for your tickets today to this PLT holiday tradition.

This year’s show features a cast of 39 Lewis students and alumni. They’ll sing, dance and warm your spirits as they put a holiday twist on Mulan’s “Be A Man,” Elvis’ “Burnin’ Love” and much, much more. The holiday spirit abounds as HTC shares the gift of live theatre!

The cast features: Brittani Alston of Milwaukee, Sean Barber ‘11 of Aurora, Faith Berry, Sylmarie Soto, Marcus Newell of Joliet, Tim Collins of Peotone, Bryan Commisso of Sterling, Allie DiMiele of New Lenox, Lauren Finnegan and Brittany Wozniak of Wheaton, Mike Frale of Elk Grove Village, Kevin Bukauski, Alicia Iuliano, and Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Jason Giron of Des Plaines, Laura Hamilton of Lincolnshire, Michael Harris of Matteson, Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, William Kostecka of Winfield, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, Bria May, and LauraWisniewski ‘07 of Chicago, Bryan Lochner of Essex, Kathleen O’Neil of Yorkville, Brianna and Nicole Reidy of Darien, Matt Carlson, Emily Lif of Lockport, Katy Papineau of Kankakee, Brianna Peoples of Oak Park, Kelly Provenzano of McHenry, Austin Hill and Adam Parker of Naperville, Christopher Hueg ‘11 of Roseville, MN, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Chris Selefski ‘11 of Plainfield, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, and Jeff Weiss of Minneapolis, MN.

The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik ‘88 of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Emma McGee of Joliet, Rob Kornaus of Plainfield is the assistant stage manager, Jonathan Boehle of Cornell and Alfonso Blanco of Chicago are the properties masters, and Tom Wieczorek ’14 of Chicago is designing and operating the lights. Celeste Mackey of Joliet is the costume designer. Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet is designing special effects and Adam Sikorski of Burbank is designing and operating the sound. The follow spot operators are Annie Martello of Morris and Drew Gardiner of Tinley Park. Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with the 10th Annual Holiday Spectacular.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates 200th production with "Noises Off"

Rabbit Hole
Bottom row: Kathleen O’Neil, Sylmarie Soto, Faith Berry. Next row: Kamil Borowski, Jordin Richards, Jonathan M. Boehle. Next row: Jake Dorenz and Tyler Senjanin. Top: David R. Laurich.
Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates their 200th production with the uproarious play-within-a-play, “Noises Off” written by Michael Frayn. it is the show the New York Post called “the funniest farce ever written” and “a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce.” The show revolves around the on-and-off stage antics of a mediocre British acting company as they desperately try to stage the show “Nothing On.” The show made its Broadway debut in 1983,and has been entertaining audiences throughout the United States and Europeever since.

“Noises Off” tells the story of an acting company as they stumble their way through an ominously bad dress rehearsal to disastrous performances. In the first act, the cast and crew struggle their way through a dress rehearsal. In the second act, the audience is transported backstage during a performance where the mounting friction between actors becomes evident. The third and final act takes place near the end of the run revealing the fallout of backstage disasters.

Department chair Keith White of Joliet is directing “Noises Off” with a talented cast of 9 performers including: David R. Laurich of Joliet, Jonathan M. Boehle of Cornell, Jake Dorencz of Romeoville, Kamil Borowski of Central Stickney, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Sylmarie Soto and Faith Berry both of Joliet, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, and Kathleen O’Neil of Yorkville.

Working behind the scenes: Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Harold McCay of Joliet (scenic design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (light design), Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, (sound design), Kawaan Panama of Chicago and Adam Parker of Plainfield (properties), Annie Martello of Morris (stage manager), Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (assistant stage manager), Emma McGee of Joliet (light board operator), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director), and Katy Papineau of Bourbonnais, Carole McKee, and Rob Kornaus both of Plainfield (backstage crew).

This hilarious farce will run November 14-16 and November 20-23 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 November 22. 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 check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500, Monday through Friday, 1-430 p.m. Patrons can also email at The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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!