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.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre



Sure Thing Improv

Lewis University Heritage Theatre Company presents "Sure Thing Improv"

Continuing their tradition of presenting events for Lewis University’s Welcome Days, the Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is presenting two evenings of comedy for the community in the Studio Theatre. Performing first will be a scene from “All in the Timing” by David Ives titled “Sure Thing.”

“Sure Thing” tells the story of a young couple, Bill (Eric Redmon of Yorkville) and Betty (Jordin Richards ’16 of Tinley Park) and their challenges of finding love.  Love can go wrong at any moment, and with seemingly infinite chances maybe Bill and Betty will find the right timing.   Kevin Bukauski ’17 of Plano is directing and designing “Sure Thing” and Luke Murphy ’18 of Darien is the production stage manager.

HTC’s improv troupe, Name Brand Improv will also perform as part of the evening’s entertainment.  Members of Name Brand Improv include:  Matthew Carlson ’15 and Christy Carlson both of Lockport, Bradford Bingham and Taylore Cephas ’17 of Chicago, Kevin and Kate Bukauski (’17 and ’15, respectively) both of Plano, Sean Gallagher ’18 and Andy Wainscott both of Mokena.

The Welcome Days events are scheduled in the Studio Theatre located on the second floor of the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm. The event is free for Lewis community members and $10 for all non-Lewis community members. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can 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.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking 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.



2018-2019 PLT Season

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the older, imperious Masha.  “Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny…a heedless good time.” —The New York Times. “…riotous…the show’s a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy that’s sadly rare on Broadway.” —NY Post.

September 28-30 & October 4-7, 2018
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.  $10 single tickets go on sale June 18, 2018!

Leading Ladies

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that a wealthy elderly lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the fortune. The trouble is, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the elderly lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. 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.

                  

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!

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!

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!