Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season

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.

We dedicate our 2017-18 season to our dear founder, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend, Chet Kondratowicz.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

Heritage Theatre Company's 13th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Pictured: The happy Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Spectacular cast!

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with the 13th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.  There is also a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 9.  Advanced reserved seating reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday–Friday, 1–4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can call the box office at  (815) 836-5500.

Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is filled with singing, dancing, and heartwarming moments.  The box office opens at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the matinee on December 9 with holiday confections in the lobby. Digital photos for $5 on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time.  Proceeds from the concessions and photos with Santa go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for Lewis faculty and staff and $2 for Lewis students. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable food items to go to local shelters.

HTC has been sharing the festive fever with the gift of live theatre for 13 years.  The show will get patrons of all ages in the holiday spirit as we throw back to past Christmas show favorites. The cast will sing, dance and warm your soul as they put a holiday twist on Billboard chart toppers both old and new.  This year’s show features a cast of 19 Lewis students and alumni.

The cast features: Ashley Bihun of Oak Brook, Bradford Bingham, Taylore Cephas ’17 and Jamie Voustros all of Chicago; Victoria Brier of Lemont, Kevin Bukauski ’17, Kate O’Neil ’15 and Eric Redmon all of Yorkville; Christina Carlson, Matt Carlson ‘15 both of Lockport; Olivia Ferrari of Peru, Jen Glynn of Mt Greenwood, Kristen Leano of Plainfield, Haley Marchewka of Rockford, Julia Olexa of Palos Park, Katy Papineau ’16 of Kankakee, Chris Pupik of Naperville, Jordin Richards ’16 of Tinley Park and Ted Veremis-Dernekzis of Elk Grove Village.

The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik ‘88 of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Kayla Marie Carson of Oak Law. Mike Frale ’17 of Elk Grove Village is the vocal director and publicity coordinator. Jordin Richards ’16 along with Christy Carlson and Bradford Bingham are the choreographers. Celeste Mackey of Joliet is the costume designer and Rob Kornaus ’16 of Plainfield is the assistant stage manager. Hannah Krause of Mazon is the properties manager and Olivia Larson of Momenceand Justin Williams of Coal City are the properties assistants. Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield is the lighting and special effects designer and Zue Balquin of New Lenox is the light board operator. Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet is the technical director, the sound designer is Kevin Bukauski ‘17 of Yorkville and Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank is the sound board operator. The follow spot operators are Mike Nutter of LaGrange, and Ashley Stajura of Lockport.  Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with the 13th Annual Holiday Spectacular.

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Mr. Burns A Post-Electric
Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward in time to follow a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Fear” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, desperately trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A tribute to live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

November 10-12 & November 16-19, 2017
Directed by Kevin Trudeau

Recommended for patrons 16 and up. $10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2017!

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, and it caught the public’s imagination almost immediately. The first stage adaptation was written in 1823, and since then countless film versions, parodies, and modern interpretations have changed the associations we have with the Frankenstein name. Shelley’s novel offers many pleasures, but fulfilling the horror-movie expectations of the modern theatre-goer isn’t one of them. This adaptation attempts to be faithful to Shelley’s original themes, characters, mood, and literary sensibility while at the same time giving an audience a little bit more of what it expects from something called Frankenstein. It’s George Bernard Shaw meets Stephen King.

February 16-18 & February 22-25, 2018
Directed by Jo Slowik

Recommended for patrons 13 and up. $10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2017!

13 The Musical Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out! Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parent’s divorce. Surrounded by an array of unsophisticated middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

April 20-22 & April 26-29, 2018
Directed by Keith White

Recommended for patrons 10 and up. $12 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2017!


Mr. Burns a post electric play by Anne Washburn at Lewis University

Mr. Burns, a post electric play

2017 Minooka Community High School Acting Workshop

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz