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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Young Frankenstein Pictured: Sean Alyn Young as Igor, Steve Del Real as Dr. Frankenstein and Igrid Schwartz of Joliet as Inga exclaim: “It’s alive!”


Mel Brooks’ Monster-sized musical, “Young Frankenstein” Comes Tap Dancing to Lewis University

This monster new musical will be “Puttin’ On the Ritz” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapted his legendary film into a brilliant stage musical creation, “Young Frankenstein”. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) (Steve Del Real from Plainfield) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”) (Sean Alyn Young from Pontiac), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally) (Ingrid Schwartz from Joliet), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor. He exclaims, “It’s alive!” as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather, Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein’s (Brandon Vlach from Homer Glen). Eventually the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

The Philip Lynch Theatre stage and Lewis alumnus, Chad Tallon ‘08 of Essex, are “Together Again for the First Time” as he takes the helm as director. Assisting Tallon are Matthew Colbert of Aurora (vocal director), Jennifer Jasper ‘95 of Joliet (choreographer) and Shelbi Voss of Joliet (assistant choreographer). The cast includes: Julia Egizio, Lauren Laverdiere, Teri Lopez, and Savannah Riestenberg of Plainfield, Armondo Bouie, and Angel Diaz of Joliet, Kayla Carson of Oak Lawn, McKenzie Frost of Channahon, Elena Gerk of New Lenox, Christopher Hueg ’15 of Crest Hill, Lindsay Murray of Romeoville, Alex Schedel of Bolingbrook, Tim Tholl of Lockport, and Brandon Vlach of Homer Glen.

Working behind the scenes are Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (stage manager), Ashley Stajura of Lockport (assistant stage manager), Christopher Hueg ’15 of Crest Hill and Jackie Sabani ’08 of Plainfield (costume design), Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet (scenic and projection design), Adam Jezl-Sikorski ‘17 of Burbank (lighting design), Daniel Staggs of Minooka (properties), Bradford Bingham of Chicago and Estefania Flores of Tinley Park (microphones and sound reinforcement), Jen Glynn of Mount Greenwood (light board operator), Sean Gallagher of Mokena and Conor Klump of Plainfield (costume dressers), Robert Kornaus of Plainfield and Jonah Ferro of Joliet (follow spot operators), Dave Pomatto ‘71 of Naperville (assistant technical director) and Caleigh Guertin of Minooka (makeup application). Jamie Voustros of Chicago (box office) and Andy Wainscott of Mokena and Mike Nutter of LaGrange (house manager). The backstage running crew consists of Chris Pupik of Naperville and Eric Redmon of Yorkville.

Frederick’s “Transylvania Mania” journey will run July 21-23 and July 27-30 and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a July 29 matinee performance at 4 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult, $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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
hter.
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!

Frankenstein
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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Videos

Fierce Vexation of a Dream

Black Box Blowout 2017

LU PLT Attends KCACTF 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz