Long LostThe Sullivan Project: Long Lost

By Donald Margulies

Studio Theatre: June 8th-June 12th, 2016

Daniel Sullivan, Director

Middle-aged brothers David and Billy come to a long-overdue reunion after years of emotional turbulence and a rather complex family history in playwright Donald Margulies’ latest work. Long Lost is the second iteration of Illinois Theatre’s The Sullivan Project, a new play vehicle curated by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan, whose previous collaborations with Margulies include the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Dinner with Friends.

Contains Adult Content

 

StudioGoing Broader and Deeper: New Play Reading

Studio Theatre: Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016

In order to hear the voices of new playwrights—and in particular, writers from underrepresented populations—Illinois Theatre will present readings of new plays once each semester. An informal setting will allow audiences to experience this work and engage in discussion about the content.

May contain adult content

 

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea

By Nathan Alan Davis

Studio Theatre: September 29th-October 1; October 8-9; 11-14, 2016

Tyrone Phillips, guest director

Young Dontrell Jones undertakes a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the middle passage—but his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of the mysterious and haunting past. Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a contemporary quest that aims to redress transgressions of the past through a distinctive blend of poetry, humor, and ritual. The playwright and the director are both graduates of Illinois Theatre’s BFA program.

Contains Adult Content

 


mr-burnsMr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

By Anne Washburn

Colewell Playhouse Theatre: October 13–15; 20–23, 2016

Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

Around a campfire after the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare,” itself a parody of a classic film. Time passes, and the retelling of the episode transforms into ritualized reenactment. Masks, music, and dance combine to elevate the banal to the sublime. Mr. Burns is an “animated” exploration of the ways that pop culture in one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Contains Adult Content

 

minotaurThe Minotaur

By Anna Ziegler

Studio Theatre: October 27–29, November 1–6, 2016

Tom Mitchell, director

A present-day version of a classic Greek myth, The Minotaur examines the tensions between family, love, and individual choice. Ariadne must choose between her half-brother, the Minotaur, and a handsome hero, Theseus. The path she takes has resonated throughout Western literary tradition. With refreshing originality and wit, The Minotaur explores how we break out of history in order to shape new stories for ourselves.

 

 

Failure A Love StoryFailure: A Love Story

By Philip Dawkins

Studio Theatre: February 2–4: 7–12, 2017

JW Morrissette, director

Three sisters—Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty Fail—live, love, and die in 1920s Chicago. Playwright Philip Dawkins has created an original story that propels the audience through an experience of puppets and songs, history and fantasy, laughter, and tears. Although the Fails are a fictional family, their lives represent the ambitions, fears, and fates woven into the American Dream. Dawkins is emerging as a playful and significant playwriting presence in American theatre, and we are excited to include his work in this season.

 

Studio

Going Broader and Deeper: New Play Reading

Studio Theatre: Friday, Feb. 24th, 2017

In order to hear the voices of new playwrights—and in particular, writers from underrepresented populations—Illinois Theatre will present readings of new plays once each semester. An informal setting will allow audiences to experience this work and engage in discussion about the content.

May contain adult content

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Colwell Playhouse Theatre: March 2–4; 9–12, 2017

Robert G. Anderson, director

Generations collide when true love defies family expectations. This timeless tale of the tragic consequences that grow from tribal hatred will be presented in a contemporary setting sure to capture the attention of audiences. Transforming a story embedded in the cultural psyche by imagining it in a modern time and place, this new production of Romeo and Juliet reclaims a story of dangerous, impetuous love. The Colwell Playhouse will be transformed to serve this particular retelling of Shakespeare’s ageless tragedy.

 

Iago’s Plot

Shozo Sato, guest director

Studio Theatre: March 30–April 1; 4–9, 2017

Master of Zen arts and emeritus faculty member Shozo Sato brings his distinctive style of design and direction to a new production of Iago’s Plot, his original take on Shakespeare’s Othello. As in the classic tale, doubt and jealousy fester in the mind of a military leader, Othello, fed by his ambitious lieutenant, Iago. Deception breeds jealousy and sends Desdemona, the “good wife” of her day, to a tragic end. Blending Kabuki performance style from Japanese theatre with bravura theatrics of the west, Shozo Sato reveals new truth in this classic tale of family dysfunction.