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,

2015 Season

Pictured: The brave Scheherazade (Brianna Reidy, Darien) and King Shahryar (Zachary Abu-Shanab, Plainfield)

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Takes a Magic Carpet Ride with “The Arabian Nights”

“The Arabian Nights,” weaves ancient tales of wonder into a rich and poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT). This storybook world is based on Powys Mathers’s translation, “The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night” and adapted by Chicago’s award winning director, Mary Zimmerman. The show revolves around a brave young woman spinning tales using imagination and the encyclopedia of human experiences to prevent her husband, the powerful king, from executing her at sunrise. The show made its debut in 1992 at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and has been enchanting audiences across the U.S. ever since.

It is revealed at the beginning of the play that King Shahryar (Zachary Abu-Shanab, Plainfield) has been betrayed by his first wife, and as a consequence he murders her. From then on, he believes that all women are deceitful, and he vows to marry a virgin each night and kill her the next morning. This royal nightly ritual has gone on for three years. Shahryar’s next victim is Scheherazade (Brianna Reidy, Darien) the beautiful eldest daughter of his faithful wazir (Christopher Hueg, Roseville, MN). The King demands Scheherazade as his bride and queen. Scheherazade weds the brooding King and brings her little sister, Dunyazade (Kate Sisto, Orland Park) to the palace with a plan. Scheherazade, the clever girl, nightly spins enough tales to weave a tapestry. Her stories are full of magic, humor, wonder, and a lesson or two. She attempts to save her life, and the life of her sister – and maybe even the King’s – by distracting him with stories. Like her tales, however, the king is unpredictable. How many sunrises will Scheherazade live to see?

Theatre manager Jo Slowik of Joliet is directing “The Arabian Nights” with a talented cast of Lewis student performers and musicians including: Faith Berry of Joliet, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, Matthew Carlson of Lockport, Jake Dorencz of Romeoville, Mike Frale of Elk Grove Village, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, William Kostecka of Winfield, Kawaan Panama and Kevin Zigman both of Chicago, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank, Adam Parker of Naperville, and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville.

Working behind the scenes are Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (technical director and student design mentor), Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (stage manger and set design), Emma McGee of Joliet (assistant stage manager), Allie DiMiele of New Lenox (properties manager), Carole McKee of Plainfield (assistant properties manager), Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (light design), Jonathan Boehle of Cornell (light board operator), Rob Kornaus of Plainfield (sound design), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director), Katy Papineau of Kankakee and Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park are the backstage crew.

“The Arabian Nights” is a celebration of the powers of storytelling and will be performed on April 17-19 and April 23-26. It 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 25 complete with silent auction and dessert buffet. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged for all performances. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students with an ID pay $2. For groups of 15 or more tickets are $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-430 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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.

Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a married lawyer by the name of Fredrick Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the Desirée performs in Fredrick’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Fredrick’s wife, Anne, Desirée’s current lover, the Count, and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men -- as well as their jealous wives -- join Desirée and her family on the summer solstice for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. This musical celebration of love is a harmonicallyadvanced score, and contains Sondheim’s popular song, the hauntingly beautiful “Send in the Clowns.”

July 17-19 and July 23-26, 2015
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for 13 and up.
$12 single tickets go on sale June 22, 2015!

Not only one of the greatest American novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn also ranks among literature’s most powerful condemnations of racism. The story of the “no-account” boy pits convention against the common sense of childhood, and the hypocrisy of the “pious” against the integrity of the individual. And because this is an action-packed dramatization of Mark Twain wit, it’s also hilariously funny. Mark Twain’s American classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is the story of a boy’s journey with a runaway slave as they make their way down the Mississippi river. Huck, a rebel at heart, is escaping from starched collars, civilization and the drunken rages of his Pap. Jim is seeking life as a free man in the northern states. On their journey, Huck learns the true meaning of friendship and freedom.

Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 8-11, 2015
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for patrons 8 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 22, 2015!

First presented by the Comediens Italians in 1732, this timeless comedy, newly translated, clearly demonstrates the ageless affinity of laughter and love. The heroine at the center of the plot is a cunning princess, who for extremely complicated reasons and with equally complicated results, disguises herself as a young man. She does so to make the acquaintance of a handsome young prince whose throne she holds by ancestral fraud, and who has become the protege of an austere philosopher named Hermocrates. The princess, flitting from one gender to the other, quickly seduces the prince, his mentor and Hermocrates’s spinsterish sister, and finds herself juggling too many hearts, including her own.

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

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. On two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race. Act One is set in September, 1959: Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs. They’ve inadvertently sold the house to the neighborhood’s first black family and ignite a community showdown. Act Two is set in September, 2009: the neighborhood is ripe for gentrification and the house is again changing hands. This time to a young white couple with plans for demolition and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 18-21, 2016
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 22, 2015!

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. And, yes, it is a horrible title for a musical.

April 15-17 and April 21-24, 2016
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for 13 and up.
$12 single tickets go on sale June 22, 2015!


Greetings from Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre

Welcome to Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre

"The Arabian Nights' by Mary Zimmerman at Lewis University

"The Arabian Nights" by Mary Zimmerman Dramaturgy