Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season


Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre
Dear Theatre Patrons,

We all love a good story. The story can be in the form of a novel, song, photograph, television half-hour, hour, miniseries, film, documentary, or (our favorite form) musicals and plays. Enjoying stories is a wonderful aspect of being human. We are intrigued, horrified, and thrilled by the tribulations and victories of our fellow human beings, whether they are real or imaginary.

We also love to congregate in a space with many people we don’t even know and share this experience together. I must admit that I would miss my remote with the “on demand” button that sits on the coffee table in the TV room. It seems that television just keeps getting better at telling a good story. However, getting dressed, driving to a theatre, entering a special room that is specifically made to tell stories with living beings, and hearing and feeling the responses to the story with hundreds of others, enforces the feeling that we are all in this journey together.

The students here, who are being trained to tell a good story, not only receive theatre training, but also become in the process wonderfully empathic individuals. A major part of an actor’s job is to experience the life of the character they are portraying –physically, mentally and emotionally. Students learn to create settings, apply sound and music, design clothing, lighting and properties that tell us who these people are and where and why they exist. A good story is often in the details.

Thank you for joining us for the previous stories we have told, and we hope to see you throughout the season for five more tales of our human condition.

See you at the theatre,




Good People

Pictured (from left to right): Ashley Stajura, Christy Carlson and Kayla Carson

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre travels to Boston in “Good People”

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh (Christy Carlson of Lockport) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks of Mike (Luke Murphy of Darien), an old fling who has made it out of Southie. And who might be her ticket to a fresh new start. Pressured by her friends Jean (Kayla Carson of Burbank) and Dottie (Ashley Stajura of Lockport), as well as her former boss, Stevie (Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park); Margie goes to Mike’s affluent neighborhood of Chestnut Hill to ask for a job. This leads to a confrontation with Mike and his wife, Kate (Taylore Cephas of Chicago), which will unveil some startling revelations. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Professor of Theatre Kevin Trudeau of Beverly directs the production. Assisting him as stage manager is Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village and Jennifer Glynn of Mt. Greenwood as the assistant stage manager. Andrew Nelsen and Celeste Mackey of Joliet are designing the scenery and costumes, respectively. Designing and operating lights is Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield while Sean Gallagher of Mokena is designing and operating sound. Jamie Voustros of Chicago is the properties manager and Dave Pomatto of Naperville is the assistant technical director. The running crew consists of Simon Merheb of Barlett, Mike Nutter of LaGrange, Chris Pupik of Naperville, Conrad Sipiora of Chicago. Front-of-house staff is Brianna Peoples of Melrose Park, Bradford Bingham of Chicago, Eric Redmon of Yorkville and Andy Wainscott of Mokena.

“Good People” will run February 17-19 and February 23-26 and is recommended for patrons 18 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, February 25. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for adult and $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. For groups of 15 or more tickets are $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.



2016-17 Season

Good People

Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kevin Trudeau, Feb. 17-19 & Feb. 23-26, 2017

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

"David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” – Variety

Good People is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck." –New York Post


A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jo Slowik, April 21-23 & April 27-30, 2017

The PLT brings to the stage one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, and the fairies that inhabit a moonlit forest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 1595 or 1596. Some experts believe it was written to have its first performance in the gardens of a great country estate for the celebrations for an aristocratic wedding. As the fictional newlyweds King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena watched Bottom and his friends performing “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a real-life bride and groom were in turn watching them! Shakespeare’s beloved comedy contains a play within a play and a world within a world, inviting audiences to enter a world of magic and fantasy and leave the theatre pondering, "was it all a dream?"

“Festival of love”  –Jennifer Kramer, Philadelphia Shakespeare
“Beautiful, powerful, magical, dangerous” – Roseanne Wells, Theatre for a New Audience


2016-17 Season Tickets

Videos

LU PLT Attends KCACTF 2017

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre: 2016 Year in Review

Illinois H.S. Theatre Festival 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz