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,




Subscribe and save! Become a Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) subscriber and save up to 15 percent on the entire season. PLT subscribers receive preferred seating for 5 magical shows for the low price of $44. Other subscription benefits include: free parking, free ticket insurance and free ticket exchanges. Subscribe and save to the magic of theatre. Individual tickets go on sale June 19, 2013 for Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre 2013 - 2014 season.

2014 - 2015 Season

Rabbit Hole

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre presents the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole” on September 26-28 and October 2-5.  Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire brilliantly unfolds the emotional conflict of a family dealing with grief. Guest director Michael Bassett of Oak Park carefully leads the cast into a place of authenticity, and delicately balances their characters into a place of truthfulness.

“Rabbit Hole” tells the story of a family dealing with a tragic loss. Becca (Rachel Tau of Woodale) and Howie (Sean Gallagher of Mokena) lean on their family to put their lives back together after losing their 4 year-old son Danny. After eight months of mourning, Becca and Howie are spiraling down a “rabbit hole” in their own ways, with no clear way to get out. From Jason (Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield) the teenager who has the misfortune of forever being affected by Danny’s death, Becca’s mother Nat (Jo Slowik of Joliet) and sister Izzy (Nicole Riedy of Darien), all confront their despair through comedy, wit and strength.  “Rabbit Hole”…. when the only way out is through.

Working behind the scenes:  Harold McCay of Joliet (scenic design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet(lighting design), Emma McGee of Joliet (sound design), Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (stage manager) and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (properties), Faith Berry of Joliet (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto (assistant technical director).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 4.   Tickets can be purchased through the Philip Lynch Theatre box office from the hours of 1–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Patrons may reserve tickets over the phone by calling (815) 836-5500.



Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, Michael Frayn’s uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on- and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre British touring acting company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant red herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Noises Off is a hysterical comedy packed full of a side-splitting collection of forgotten cues, missed connections, and backstage hilarity! The New York Times reviewed Noises Off as “a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”

Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23, 2014
Directed by Keith White
Recommended 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!



In Little Brother, 17-year-old hacker Marcus plays electronic cat and mouse games on his computer while skipping school in San Francisco. When the city is the victim of a terrorist attack, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is suddenly apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security for days of merciless interrogation on Treasure Island. When no one besides his friends believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself. Little Brother is a near-future thriller, a teenage romance, and a frightening predictor of possibilities to come.The play is based on the acclaimed and best-selling young adult novel by tech celebrity Cory Doctorow.

Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 19-22, 2015
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!



King Shahryar discovers his queen has been unfaithful, and, enraged he murders her. He becomes so convinced that all women are deceitful and unfaithful that he vows to marry a virgin each night and kill her the next morning. After three years, no one remains in the kingdom who is eligible to be sacrificed. The King notices that his faithful servant has two daughters and demands the elder as his bride that very night and the younger girl the next night. The servant’s daughter, Scheherezade agrees and brings her sister to the palace with a plan. The marriage takes place, Shahryar attempts to kill Scheherezade but her sister, Dunyazade cries that she cannot sleep unless she hears one of her sister’s wonderful stories. And so it goes, as one tale leads to another tale and always ending with a cliffhanger. Her life is spared for one more night as the King wishes to hear how the story will end. The cycle begins that will end a thousand and one nights later.

April 17-19 and April 23-26, 2015
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!