Philip Lynch

Current Season

Dear Theatre Patron,

Our 44th year brings a very exciting and diverse lineup of productions for  our wonderful playgoers, and for the educational experience of our hardworking and passionate students and summer community volunteer performers.

We are thrilled to be one of the first amateur theatres in the area to present the joyous hit, Mama Mia! The fall semester finds two shows that explore, in very different ways, the power of women – 2016’s The Wolves and, seventy years earlier, 1946’s Born Yesterday

The first part of 2020 brings to the Chet Kondratowicz Stage the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The season ends with the rollicking sci-fi jukebox musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet which has become a cult hit in the UK. Also, don’t forget our popular Christmas Spectacular and other Heritage Theatre Productions presented in our Studio Theatre.

Our gratitude goes out to our subscribers, many of whom have been with us for decades watching generations of our students grow in their self-confidence and theatrical abilities. We hope all of you will join us this season either as a subscriber or by attending individual productions of your choice.

See you at the PLT with new  performances beginning at 7:30 pm,

Keith White,  Director of Theatre

Lewis University Philip Lynch Presents "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Pictured: (clockwise) Noah Marvo as Christopher, Serna Comfort as Judy, Brianna Knutsen as Siobhan, and Andy Wainscott as Ed.

“Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”is directed by Theatre Department Chair, Kevin Trudeau from Beverly, and will be performed on Feburary 14-16 and Feburary 20-23 2020.  The play is recommended for patrons 13 years and up. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on February 22. Ticket prices are $13 for an adult, $12 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $3 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately two hours and thirty minutes with a ten-minute intermission.

For more information patrons can follow the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) on social media @pltlewisu, call the box office (815) 836-5500, Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m., or purchase tickets online with a credit card on the PLT Website.  Click the “buy tickets” link to select your seats. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.

“Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, perimered at the National Theatre in London on August 2,  2012.  The play tied the record for winning the most Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and was the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best New Play. Audiences were captivated through the storytelling of the character Christopher and his tenacious resilience to discover the truth of a crime.

Set in Swindon and London, the story concerns a 15-year-old amateur detective named Christopher John Francis Boone (played by Noah Marvo of Shorewood) who is a mathematical genius. He appears to have an unspecified autism spectrum disorder that is variously described as either autism or Asperger's Syndrome, although the condition is never explicitly stated in the play or the novel. The singular curious incident is the mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, found speared by a garden fork.

While searching for the murderer of the dog, he encounters resistance from many neighbors, but mostly from his father, Ed (Andy Wainscott of Mokena). He is able to communicate with Siobhan (Brianna Knusten of Plainfield), Christopher’s para-professional and mentor at school, who guides him to be the best version of himself.  Christopher continues to search for an answer and he compares himself to Sherlock Holmes. When he discovers that his father lied about his mother Judy being dead for several years (Serena Comfort of Geneva), Christopher is distraught. For the first time, he travels alone to London to find his mother. He finds the journey over-stimulating and stressful.

Other Lewis University student members of the cast include: Bradford Bingham of Chicago, Estefania Flores and Rebecca Regiro of Tinley Park, John Kladis of Palos Hills, and Michael Palermo of Westchester.

Associate theatre professor and designer, Andrew Nelsen of Joliet provides the scenic and light design of a geometric world portrayed through Christopher’s mind. Resident costume, Celeste Mackey of Joliet, has conceived costumes to illustrate the many characters of Christopher’s encounters. Working behind the scenes are Julia Egizio of Plainfield (stage manager), Austin Jones of Steger (assistant stage manager), Katie Szymkiewicz of Chicago (properties manager), Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago (light board operator), Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI (sound design and board operator), and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 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. Visit www.lewisu.edufor further information.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time offers a richly theatrical exploration.

FEBRUARY 14-16 & FEBRUARY 20-23, 2020
Directed by Kevin Trudeau

Recommended for patrons 13 and up. $13 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

Inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci-fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space.

“The BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW in town.... You just have to laugh at the death defying puns... ” - Daily Express.

APRIL 17-19 & APRIL 23-26, 2020
Directed by Keith White

Recommended for patrons of all ages. $15 single tickets go on sale June 24, 2019!

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