Philip Lynch
Theatre

Current Season

Dear Theatre Patron,

When Lynn Redgrave performed her one-woman show, “Shakespeare for My Father,”  at the Philip Lynch Theatre in 1992 and subsequently opened the show on Broadway and received a Tony Nomination for Best Actress, we asked her to sign the graduate wall in the dressing room. Under her signature she wrote ”Follow Your Dreams.”  Twenty-six year later we have amped up her advice for this season’s theme to “Chase the Dream.”

Every play, film and story has a protagonist, the character who drives the action and who urgently pursues an objective.  This season finds characters doing whatever they can to become human, find security and familial love in late middle age, achieve romantic love and fortune, break into show business, and save powerful magic for good of mankind.

We “chase the dream” with every production produced at the PLT. Every new semester is a four-month pursuit of new dreams, and graduations at Lewis are always a wonderful celebration of dreams chased and achieved. We all have dreams to follow and chase, and love to watch others eagerly pursuing their own.  Lynn Redgrave certainly followed her dream of remembering and honoring her father, his artistry and their relationship, with the success of her tribute show.

Thank you for your support of educational theatre and I look forward to seeing you at the Philip Lynch Theatre.

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

Lewis University Heritage Theatre Company presents "Constellations" by Nick Payne

Constellations
Pictured: RJ Cecott (left) and Katie Horn (right) rehearsing a scene from "Constellations"

"Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating?" - Ben Brantley, NY Times. The story of boy meets girl is turned on its head as playwright Nick Payne launches it into the quantum multiverse in “Constellations”. The possibility that multiple versions of our world exist is drawn out through the relationship of theoretical physicist Marianne (Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI) and beekeeper Roland (RJ Cecott of Hickory Hills). A lifetime of possibilities lies within each moment. The two meet and re-meet at a party, get engaged or marry other people, experience a love that lasts forever or one that is tragically cut short. As time and space bend around them, their story spans friendship and free will, love and multiverse theory—and honey.

Lewis alumnus and Heritage Theatre Company board member Mike Frale ‘17 of Elk Grove Village is directing the production. Working behind the scenes are Haley Marchewka of Naperville (stage manager), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (scenic design), Sean Gallagher ‘18 of Mokena (lighting design), Jen Glynn ‘18 of Mount Greenwood (light board operator), Bradford Bingham of Chicago (sound design), Tyler Senjanin ‘17 of Evergreen Park (sound board operator), Jordin Richards ‘16 of Tinley Park (costume design), Eric Redmon of Yorkville (projection design), and Lauren Finnegan ‘16 of Wheaton (house management).

The spellbinding and romantic production runs for two nights, February 1 and 2, at 7:30 pm. This production does contain mature content and explicit language and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. Advanced ticket reservations are strongly encouraged. General admission tickets are $10 for an adult and $2 for a Lewis student with an ID. Payment for tickets is with cash or check only. Seating is first come first serve, and 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 Studio Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

   

February 1-2, 2019
Directed by Mike Frale '17
Recommended for patrons 16 and up. 

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!

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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!

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