Philip Lynch Theatre

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Dear Theatre Patrons,

On Saturday, May 20th, the stage of the Philip Lynch Theatre was dedicated and named in honor of the theatre’s creator, Chet Kondratowicz. Chet, who began teaching at Lewis in 1965, fought in 1975 to obtain the space when the aviation department abandoned this old hangar, shops and classrooms for a new building and hangar across the street and adjacent to the airport.

You will be able to view a plaque, designed by Professor Emeritus Harold McCay, for the “Chet Kondratowicz Stage” at the top of the main stairwell leading to the theatre when you next attend a production at the PLT.  It was Chet’s admiration of the work of British director, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, which led to his design of our space.  Instead of the pervasive proscenium or “picture frame” stage, Guthrie initiated a return to a thrust style stage where the acting area sits amidst the audience, as was used in ancient Greek and Elizabethan eras.  This style brings a close association between the actors and audience and reinforces the feeling of a communal experience for all in attendance.

Since 1976, when the PLT first opened, hundreds of professional performers, including Brian Bedford and Lynn Redgrave, who have performed here, have remarked on the beauty and intimacy of the space.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre



Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Award-Winning Comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Ensues at the Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) kicks off its academic year of theatre with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The hilarious Broadway blockbuster from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang opens September 28 and runs through October 7. Durang, the prolific author of comedies such as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Baby with Bath Water and The Marriage of Bette & Boo, turns Chekhov on his head with this witty and incisive satire.

In pastoral Bucks County, Vanya (played by Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago) and his adopted sister, Sonia (played by Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank) fritter their lives away in their family’s farmhouse amid regret, angst, and the alarming prophecies of a kooky housekeeper, Cassandra (played by Estefania Flores of Tinley Park). Enter their sister Masha, a self-absorbed movie star (played by Kayla Marie Carson of Oak Lawn) with her prized boy toy Spike, (played by Michael Palermo of Westchester) for a surprise weekend visit.  Add a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina (played by Haley Marchewka of Naperville) and the stage is set for absurd hilarity and blue heron watching. Acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang has penned a laugh-inducing play on the modern theme of sibling rivalies and sprinkled it as a loving homage to Chekhov’s themes of heartbreak and hope.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be performed on September 28-30 and October 4-7 and is recommended for patrons 13 years of age and up. 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 October 6.  Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information patrons can follow us on social media @pltlewisu, call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.

The play is directed by Theatre Department Chairperson, Keith White of Joliet.  Assistant Theatre professor and designer, Andrew Nelsen of Joliet provides the farmhouse set design, and student Eric Redmon of Yorkville is designing the lights. Resident costumer Celeste Mackey of Crest Hill, is providing her talents with wardrobe, hairstyles and makeup. Working behind the scenes are Olivia Ferrari of Peru (stage manager), Chris Pupik of Naperville (assistant stage manager), Brianna Knutsen of Plainfield (properties manager), Julia Egizio of Plainfield (light board operator), and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director. Hannah Krause of Mazon (box office manager), Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI (box office assistant), and Jamie Voustros of Chicago and Mike Nutter of LaGrange (house managers) are the front-of-house staff.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students.  Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



2018-2019 PLT Season

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the older, imperious Masha.  “Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny…a heedless good time.” —The New York Times. “…riotous…the show’s a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy that’s sadly rare on Broadway.” —NY Post.

September 28-30 & October 4-7, 2018
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Leading Ladies

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that a wealthy elderly lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the fortune. The trouble is, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the elderly lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.

                  

November 9-11 & November 15-18, 2018
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Broadway Bound

Broadway Bound was the nominee for the 1987 Tony Award, Best Play & Drama Desk Award, Best Play Finalist, and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.  Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, (Brighton Beach Memories and Biloxi Blues), the play finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers. Meanwhile, the siblings are coping with their parents break-up and eventually divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. “Contains some of the author’s most accomplished writing.” - The New York Times   “A lovely play; warm, perceptive and gently humorous.” – Newsday    

February 15-17 & February 21-24, 2019
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.  A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island.  At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

               

April 12-14 & April 25-28, 2019 (please note Easter weekend between performance weekends)
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for patrons of all ages.  $12 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!