Philip Lynch

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’s Heritage Theatre Company Hosts 6th Annual Black Box Blowout

(Pictured) Participants of the 2018 Black Box Blowout.

Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is proud to host the “Black Box Blowout 2019 a.k.a 24 Hr. Theatre Festival” on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23.  The Lewis University Studio Theatre is a type of flexible performance space known as a Black Box. As its name would suggest, this kind of theatre is designed as a simple box.

The space is square and painted black, because black is void of color which will assist costumes, sets, and lighting to pop with color. The space is open, allowing designers the use of their creativity to create theatre magic.  A black box space can be anything anyone wishes to imagine. A black box theatre is capable of endless configurations, allowing artists to stetch their imaginations which can be especially valuable in the case of original performances, like the “Black Box Blowout 2019.”

In January, HTC held an informational meeting in which student and alumni playwrights, directors, actors, stage managers, technicians and front-of-house staff were invited for a weekend long experience of creating original live theatre.  They have 1 day – 1,440 minutes – 86,400 seconds – for total play creation.  They are given a theme, a bag of theatrical supplies, and one chance at glory.  The actors, playwrights, technicians, and directors of “Black Box Blowout 2019” arrive at 7 pm on Friday, March 22, work through the night and into the following day and conclude with a free public performance on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm.

HTC board president and Lewis alumni Jo Slowik ’88 of Joliet is the festival mentor and Andrew Nelsen ’04 also of Joliet, is assisting with technical direction.  Lewis alumni participating in the event include: Zackary Abu-Shanab ‘18 of Plainfield, Matthew Carlson ’15 of Lockport,  Lauren Finnegan ’16 of Wheaton, Michael Frale ‘17 of Elk Grove Village, Jennifer Glynn ‘17 of Mt. Greenwood, Rob Kornaus ’16 of Plainfield, Luke Murphy ‘17 of Darien, and Tyler Senjanin ‘17 of Evergreen Park.

Lewis students participating in the festival include: Zeusan Balquin of New Lenox, Bradford Bingham, Jacob Rodriguez, Katie Szymkiewicz and Jamie Voustros all of Chicago, Christy Carlson of Lockport, Kayla Carson of Oak Lawn, Serena Comfort of Geneva, Julia Egizio and Brianna Knutsen of Plainfield, Olivia Ferrari of Peru, Estefania Flores of Tinley Park, Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI, Austin Jones of Steger, Simon Merheb of Bartlet, Joseph Meskin of New Lenox, Jamie Morgan of Addison, Chris Pupik of Naperville, Eric Redmon of Yorkville, and Noah Slowik of Lisle.

The show is recommended for patrons 18 and up and the special one-night only performance on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis University Studio Theatre is free and open to the public.  Seating will be general admission, first-come-first-serve.  For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m.  Patrons can also email at The Studio Theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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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