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,

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pictured: The Cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre casts a spell with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

The PLT brings to the stage one of Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In an Athenian Court of rules and constraints, Hermia (Jessi Sheppard of Monee) is facing the threat of an arranged marriage. When she and her forbidden lover, Lysander (Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village), escape into the forest, her jilted fiancé, Demetrius (Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield), follows in hot pursuit with his own admirer, Helena (Jennifer Glynn of Mt. Greenwood), chasing him wherever he goes. But the woods and its mischievous fairies have their own surprises, and the lovers soon find themselves in a world turned upside-down. Shakespeare’s beloved comedy contains a play within a play and a world within a world, inviting audiences to enter a realm of magic and fantasy and leave the theatre pondering, "was it all a dream?"

Theatre Manager Jo Slowik of Joliet directs the magical cast of 20 actors, which includes Kristen Leano of Plainfield, Zeusan Balquin of New Lenox, Bradford Bingham, Kawaan Panama, Jacob Rodriguez, Conrad Sipiora and Jamie Voustros of Chicago, Christy Carlson of Lockport, Sinead Filip of Sugar Grove, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Simon Merheb of Barlett, Michael Palermo of Westchester, Brianna Peoples of Melrose Park, Chris Pupik of Naperville, Eric Redmon of Yorkville and Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park.

Assisting Slowik as stage manager is Taylore Cephas of Chicago and Andrew Wainscott of Mokena as the assistant stage manager. Assistant Professor Andrew Nelsen of Joliet is designing the scenery and Celeste Mackey of Joliet is designing the costumes. Assisting Mackey with costume and hair and makeup design are Kayla Carson of Burbank, Christy Carlson of Lockport, and Sinead Filip of Sugar Grove. Designing lights is Adam-Jezl Sikorski of Burbank while Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park is designing sound. Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank is the properties manager, Serena Clearwater of Arlington Heights is assisting her and Dave Pomatto of Naperville is the assistant technical director. Front-of-house and technical staff is Kayla Carson of Burbank, Olivia Ferrari of Peru and Mike Nutter of LaGrange.

This play will run April 21-23 and April 27-30 and is recommended for patrons 13 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 benefit matinee performance for Regional Care Association at 4 p.m. on April 29 complete with silent auction and dessert buffet. 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.


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