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

Auditions for Mamma Mia! At Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) will hold auditions for Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, book by Catherine Johnson, on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m.  Actors need to attend only one of the general audition dates.  No appointment necessary; bring headshot and resume. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Casting is for three women and four men who are around 40 years of age, and other roles and ensemble 18 – 30 years of age. Bring sheet music and prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo song; accompaniment will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes for the dance audition. Cold readings from the script will be provided for callbacks.  Production dates are July 19-21 and July 25-28.  Keith White of Joliet is directing. For more information, call the box office at (815) 836-5500, Twitter: @pltlewisu, and Facebook: Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre.  The Philip Lynch Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Announcing the Philip Lynch Theatre 2019-2020 Season!

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ABBA’s hits tell the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, friendship, and family creating an unforgettable theatre experience. A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, non-stop laughs, explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

JULY 19-20 & JULY 25-28, 2019
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons of all ages. $15 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!              

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The Wolves

A girls indoor high school soccer team warms up. The team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals on and off the field. These women are facing the world with the upmost fortitude and set an example of sisterhood. Amidst the rivalries and tragedies, they are warriors tested, ready, and uphold their title for the Wolves.

“DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them.” - Theatremania.

SEPTEMBER 27-29 & OCTOBER 3-6, 2019
Directed by Jo Slowik

Recommended for patrons 13 and up. $13 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!             

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Born Yesterday

The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock’s activities, agrees for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is.

NOVEMBER 15-17 & NOVEMBER 21-24, 2019
Directed by Keith White

Recommended for patrons 13 and up. $15 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!             

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time offers a richly theatrical exploration.

FEBRUARY 14-16 & FEBRUARY 20-23, 2020
Directed by Kevin Trudeau

Recommended for patrons 13 and up. $13 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

Inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci-fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space.

“The BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW in town.... You just have to laugh at the death defying puns... ” - Daily Express.

APRIL 17-19 & APRIL 23-26, 2020
Directed by Keith White

Recommended for patrons of all ages. $15 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!

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