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PLT Bids Emeritus Faculty Member, Robert E. Sullivan Adieu

There are certain occasions that mark definite eras in an organization’s life. Robert E. Sullivan announcing his retirement from Lewis University and the theatre department in 1994 marked one of those moments. And Friday, September 26 at 8:01 pm marked another when Mr. Sullivan passed away from injuries he sustained when a car struck him a block away from his home in Wilmette. Mr. Sullivan was 87 years old.

After completing his undergraduate work at Aquinas College in Michigan, Mr. Sullivan did his Master’s work at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where a fellow classmate was famed theatre critic, Walter Kerr. When the Korean conflict began, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Special Services where he performed and served as liaison for USO shows in Korea and Japan. Mr. Sullivan joined the faculty of Lewis in 1955. He directed at all of the unique performance spaces across the university, including what is now the Student Union, Ives Recital Hall, the outdoor Tangerine Tent, and the Philip Lynch Theatre.

The first production presented at the PLT was Scapino, which Mr. Sullivan directed in 1976. His directing credits included a variety of plays from classics like The Importance of Being Earnest, to murder mysteries like Deathtrap. Barefoot in the Park marked his final PLT directorial production in 1994.

The theatre department along with Heritage Theatre Company invites you to commemorate Mr. Sullivan with a gift to be named on campus for future generations of students and alumni. Possibilities include a Heritage Circle Brick, a University Green Bench, or a Campus Light Post. Your gift will help preserve Mr. Sullivan’s legacy as a mentor, teacher, and director at Lewis University. Your gift will be a unique way to remember someone who made a difference at Lewis University and the Philip Lynch Theatre. You will also receive a tax acknowledgement letter.

Please make your check payable to Lewis University and mail to:
Philip Lynch Theatre
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

for additional information, please contact:
Jo Slowik, Philip Lynch Theatre Manager
(815) 836-5409
slowikjo@lewisu.edu




Pictured: (left to right) Ted Slowik, John Condron and Allison Flood

Alumni Connections Concert at Lewis University

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is excited to present the second Alumni Connections Concert on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis University Oremus Fine Arts Center's Studio Theatre. Hosting the evening’s entertainment is Lewis alumnus Ted Slowik '87. A Joliet singer/songwriter, Ted is a storyteller with a heart and a healthy sense of humor. His songs range from the political and socialcommentary of "Springfield" and "Hinsdale" to the personal family history of "Slowiks."

Joining Slowik on his original ballad "Red Rover" is Allison Flood. She is an Americana singer-songwriter whose roots dig as deep as the origins of the music she loves and continue to stretch out past the current boundaries of the contemporaryfolk genre. The final member to emerge from the ashes of the highly regarded Americana group Stone City Stragglers, Allison has built on the groundwork laid during those formidable years and solidified her return to the fold with a style, presence and voice uniquely her own.

Headlining the evening will be John Condron, a Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter,musician, and producer who resides in Joliet. The former frontman for thepower quartet "the benefit" has been spending much of his time focusing on solo performances as well asperformances with his new full band, The Old Gang Orchestra. Condron shares his time between performing and producing works for other artists, including, afull-length studio recording for multi-platinum Irish singer songwriter Mickey Harte, and writing and production collaboration with legendary songwriter Paul Brady. Over the years, Condron has shared the bill with many major label and independent acts from varying walks of life including Grammy-nominatedsongwriter, poet and artist Joseph Arthur, guitar legend Adrian Belew,bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd, singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Lovin’ Spoonful, & Irish legends Finbar Furey & Francie Conway. He is one of only three American artists to have performed a set as part of Francie Conway’s "Troubador Club."

The concert is recommended for all ages. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $2 for Lewis students, faculty and staff. Ticket reservations are recommended and can be purchased from the Philip Lynch Theatre box office during regular hours, Monday-Friday, 1-4:30 p.m. Email the box office at boxoffice@lewisu.edu or call (815) 836-5500 to purchase tickets or make a reservation today. Join us as HTC promotes their mission of alumni connections! For more information, visit our website at www.lewisu.edu/plt. The box office is located on the main campus of Lewis University, Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.