Philip Lynch

Current Season

Dear Theatre Patron,

When Lynn Redgrave performed her one-woman show, “Shakespeare for My Father,”  at the Philip Lynch Theatre in 1992 and subsequently opened the show on Broadway and received a Tony Nomination for Best Actress, we asked her to sign the graduate wall in the dressing room. Under her signature she wrote ”Follow Your Dreams.”  Twenty-six year later we have amped up her advice for this season’s theme to “Chase the Dream.”

Every play, film and story has a protagonist, the character who drives the action and who urgently pursues an objective.  This season finds characters doing whatever they can to become human, find security and familial love in late middle age, achieve romantic love and fortune, break into show business, and save powerful magic for good of mankind.

We “chase the dream” with every production produced at the PLT. Every new semester is a four-month pursuit of new dreams, and graduations at Lewis are always a wonderful celebration of dreams chased and achieved. We all have dreams to follow and chase, and love to watch others eagerly pursuing their own.  Lynn Redgrave certainly followed her dream of remembering and honoring her father, his artistry and their relationship, with the success of her tribute show.

Thank you for your support of educational theatre and I look forward to seeing you at the Philip Lynch Theatre.

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

Holiday Spectacular

Join us for the 14th Annual Holiday Spectacular, a Heritage Theatre Company production. This holiday show provides fun for the entire family. You will enjoy 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and audience participation. Digital photos can be taken on stage 30 minutes prior to the performance with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The photos are $5 each and benefit the Philip Lynch Theatre Scholarship.

You can call the Box Office and reserve tickets over the phone at (815)836-5500.  Payment should be made by cash or check within 3 business days. Tickets are $10 general admission or half price with a donation of non-perishable food items to go to local pantries.  Tickets are on sale now.  Advance ticket purchases are recommended.    

December 6-7 , 2018 at 7:30pm
December 8 , 2018 at 4pm
December 8 , 2018 at 7:30pm

Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” Emerges Under the Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre Lights

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) continues “chasing the dream” this season with the hilarious farce Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig. Ludwig is a Tony Award and a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright. His Broadway debut was his Tony Award winning play Lend Me A Tenor. Ludwig has been hailed as “America’s preeminent comic playwright” and the PLT has produced three of his comedies: Moon Over Buffalo (2003), Shakespeare in Hollywood (2011),and The Beaux Stratagem (2013). He has written twenty-five plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His work is so well-known that it has been performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and in over twenty languages.

In Leading Ladies, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack (Simon Merheb of Bartlet) and Leo (Andy Wainscott of Mokena), find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” in the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that a wealthy elderly lady, Florence (Olivia Ferrari of Peru) is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nieces, Leo and Jack, resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the fortune.

Romantic entanglements ensue, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with Meg (Emily Buchanan of Chatham, IL), Florence’s vivacious niece, who’s engaged to the local minister, Duncan (Jacob Coats of Lombard). Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. Other members of the cast include: Audrey (Christy Carlson of Lockport), Butch (Santos Rivera of Alsip), and Doc (Conrad Sipiora of Chicago).

The comedy is directed by Theatre Department Professor, Kevin Trudeau of Chicago Heights. Associate Theatre professor and designer, Andrew Nelsen of Joliet provides the lighting and scenery for a handsome 1958 living room. Resident costumer Celeste Mackey of Crest Hill, is providing her talents with wardrobe, hairstyles and makeup. Working behind the scenes are Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (stage manager), Katie Horn of Sturgis MI (assistant stage manager), Bradford Bingham of Chicago (properties manager), Julia Egizio of Plainfield (properties assistant),  Brianna Knutsen of Plainfield (light board operator), Haley Marchewka of Loves Park IL (sound designer and operator), and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director). The front-of-house staff are Hannah Krause of Mazon (box office assistant), Jamie Voustros of Chicago (box office assistant), Estefania Flores and Alicia Iuliuno both of Tinley Park (house managers).

Leading Ladies will be performed on November 9-11 and November 15-18 and is recommended for patrons 13 years of age and up. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on November 17.  Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information patrons can follow us on social media @pltlewisu, call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.


November 9-11 & November 15-18, 2018
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

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Broadway Bound

Broadway Bound was the nominee for the 1987 Tony Award, Best Play & Drama Desk Award, Best Play Finalist, and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.  Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, (Brighton Beach Memories and Biloxi Blues), the play finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers. Meanwhile, the siblings are coping with their parents break-up and eventually divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. “Contains some of the author’s most accomplished writing.” - The New York Times   “A lovely play; warm, perceptive and gently humorous.” – Newsday    

February 15-17 & February 21-24, 2019
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.  A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island.  At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.


April 12-14 & April 25-28, 2019 (please note Easter weekend between performance weekends)
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for patrons of all ages.  $12 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

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