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

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oo Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Pictured: The ensemble cast of “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” rehearsing one of their many plays.

Lewis University Heritage Theatre Company presents "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays In 60 Minutes)"”

Having opened in 1988, and still playing today as the longest running show in Chicago history, "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" by Greg Allen is an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” Each two-minute play is performed in a random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. The collection of plays includes comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract plays that everyone will enjoy.

Lewis alumni and Heritage Theatre Company board members Mike Frale ’17 of Elk Grove Village, Kate O’Neil ‘15 and Kevin Bukauski ’17 of Oswego are directing the production. Each one of them is staging 10 of the 30 plays to give a variety of different directorial approaches to the production. The hilarious and talented acting ensemble consists of: Bradford Bingham of Chicago, Christy Carlson, Matthew Carlson ‘15 and Cara Tumino of Lockport, Taylor Ketelaar ‘15 of Homer Glen, Eric Redmon of Yorkville, Briana Reidy ‘16 of Darien, Jordin Richards ‘16 of Tinley Park, and Noah Smith of Joliet.

Working behind the scenes are Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (stage manager), Taylore Cephas ’17 of Chicago (assistant stage manager), Jessie Richey ’14 of Wonder Lake (lighting design and light board operator), Jen Glynn of Mount Greenwood (properties), Lauren Finnegan ‘16 (sound design and sound board operator) and Kayla Carson of Oak Lawn and Jamie Voustros of Chicago (house management).

The hilarious and thought-provoking show is offered for two performances on August 25 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. This production does contain material not intended for younger or more sensitive viewers and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. Advanced ticket reservations are strongly encouraged. General admission tickets are $10 for an adult and $2 for a Lewis student with an ID. Seating is first come first serve, and tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the Philip Lynch Theatre Website at or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates.

Boys Next Door
The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where 4 mentally handicapped men live. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries. Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about. Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer. While Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack, the boys experience touching moments of great poignancy, love, and laug
September 29-October 1 & October 5-8, 2017
Directed by Keith White

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

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!

“To LIFE!” 

A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Chet Kondratowicz

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Fierce Vexation of a Dream

Black Box Blowout 2017

LU PLT Attends KCACTF 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz