Philip Lynch
Theatre

Welcome

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

Dear PLT Subscribers, Lewis Faculty, Staff, and Students, and the Community and members We Serve

Part of the Philip Lynch Theatre’s mission is to provide the community it serves with a diverse experience of cultural events, and we will continue to provide that opportunity with convenient box office ticket purchases that are now available online!  We will also continue convenient box office practices by phone or in person.  Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) provides its faculty, staff and students with the benefit of receiving free or low cost tickets to events at the PLT.  Season ticket holders will be able to continue to save on a discount from adult individual ticket prices and guaranteed preferential seating for reserved seating events.  The theatre-going community will have the opportunity to obtain a ticket to any available seat in the theatre on a first-come-first-served basis.    

Since some events sell out, we encourage patrons to get tickets for the events as early as possible.  PLT individual ticket purchases go on sale in June, and the PLT season of 5 main stage shows runs from July to April.  Arts & Ideas Performing Arts Series are free and open to the public and seating is general admission (is first come; first serve).  Listed below are new box office practices for obtaining your tickets to the theatre events, and patron information.  We look forward to seeing you at the shows! 

ONLINE

We are happy to introduce ticket purchases with a credit card online. The PLT box office is moving forward and updating our ticketing software to tix.com a cloud-based, easy-to-use interface to serve our subscribers, alumni, students, faculty & staff, and community patrons. With change comes cost and our patrons will see a tix.com fee, and an additional credit card payment fee. 

BY PHONE

Tickets can be reserved by phone.  Call the PLT Box Office at (815) 836-5500 from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The patron will be asked to mail in a check for payment. Tickets will be mailed to the patron when payment is received.  Phone reservations will be held for 3 business days.  Reservations that are not paid within 3 business days will be released.  Reservations made 5 days prior to event are subject to availability and unpaid reservations are released for sale 15 minutes prior to show time.

IN PERSON

The PLT Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Our friendly student staff will assist you with all your ticketing needs. The Box Office opens one hour prior to show time for all ticketed performances.  Tickets are not sold 20 minutes after the performance has begun.  Patron late seating is at the discretion of the management.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

PLT subscribers enjoy the best seats at the best price with discounted savings on 5 main stage productions. Exclusive subscriber benefits include advance notice of special events, FREE ticket insurance, FREE ticket exchanges and guaranteed priority seating to high-demand productions.  Before individual ticket purchases go on sale, season ticket holders have the convenience of renewing their subscription by phone,in person or online. 

LOCATION

The Philip Lynch Theatre box office is located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the main campus of Lewis University, located at One University Parkway, Romeoville, 60446.

BOX OFFICE

Hours of operations are 1:00-4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.  The box office opens 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of ticketed events.  Box office on campus extension 5500, off-campus dialing (815) 836-5500, email address boxoffice@lewisu.edu, website www.lewisu.edu/plt .

Patron's Information

ADA

Special limited seating is available for persons using wheelchairs on a space-available basis with 24-hour notifications. To make arrangements, call the PLT Box Office at (815) 836-5500.

No refunds.  All ticket sales are final.

Season exchanges. Season ticket exchanges can only be made by subscribers for another performance of the same production on a space-available basis with 24-hour notification.  Season exchanges can be made by calling the PLT Box Office at (815) 836-5500 or by email boxoffice@lewisu.edu  Season exchanges are not available online, subscribers are asked to call.

Hearing assistance equipment is available at the box office, and may enhance your enjoyment of the performances.

Please turn off cell phones, pagers, beeping watches and all other electronic devices that could possibly interfere with the performance.

No external food, drinks, or smoking are allowed in the theatre. PLT concessions are available with lidded coffee cups and bottled water; LU campus buildings are smoke-free.  A designated smoking area is available outside in front of the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

Law strictly prohibits the use of photographic, video, or recording equipment during the performance.

As a courtesy to our other guests and to the actors on stage, please refrain from talking during the performance. Guests creating disturbances deemed excessive will be asked to leave the theatre as a courtesy to the artists who perform in the PLT and to other patrons in attendance.

A word about children: In consideration of our actors and other audience members, we ask you not to bring children age five or younger to these events. Unless the production is family recommended, children under 5 are not permitted. All patrons, even children, must have a ticket to attend performances. Babes-in-arms are not allowed in the theatre during performances, unless the production is family recommended.

Because of the intimacy of our theatre, latecomers will be seated at the House Manager's discretion during a suitable break in the performance.  For your safety, please wait to be seated by an usher.

Tickets for PLT productions for Lewis students with a validated Lewis ID are $2.00.  Additional tickets for family and friends can be purchased at the regular price.  Lewis student tickets purchased online must be picked up at the box office with a valid Lewis ID.

Arts & Ideas Performing Arts Series events are free and open to the public.  Seating is based on first-come-first-serve.  Lewis students attending performances for course credit must be scanned in with a QR code.  Visit this link to obtain your QR code.

In accordance with Illinois State Fire Marshal regulations, we request that you take a moment to identify the emergency exits closest to you. We have checked these exits and the other emergency equipment in this building and verify they are available for use in case of emergency. In case of an emergency, pay close attention to the announcer or your usher for important life-saving information.

The theatre seating capacity is set according to the Illinois State Fire Marshall regulations.  Therefore, we can only accommodate a specific number (242) of people.  For un-ticketed free events, you are advised to arrive early.  Once capacity has been reached, additional patrons will not be allowed to enter the theatre.

For your safety, we ask that during the performance all of our guests remain in their seats until the house lights are fully up at the end of each act. In addition to the safety concerns, the actors in our performances work very hard for your enjoyment, and exiting during the curtain call is extremely discourteous to the performers.