All The King's Men PosterAll the King’s Men

Thursday-Saturday, September 28-30
Wednesday-Sunday, October 4-8

Tom Mitchell, director

By Robert Penn Warren

Illinois Theatre presents the quintessential American political saga of Willie Stark, a charismatic populist who rockets to the Louisiana statehouse and sets his sights on Washington. With an all-female cast, this production depicts the hyper-masculine 1930s backrooms where “good old boys” jockey for power. Robert Penn Warren adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for the stage and for two film versions.

There will be a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, October 5.


Travesties PosterTravesties

Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21
Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29

Laura Hackman, guest director

By Tom Stoppard

Vladimir I. Lenin, James Joyce, and artist Tristan Tzara walk into a library—and the world is transformed. Tom Stoppard’s supremely literate comedy—with a wink and a nod to Oscar Wilde—imagines lively encounters between three revolutionaries who changed the world of politics, literature, and art. Presented by Illinois Theatre in association with the “1917/2017: Ten Days That Shook the World/Ten Days That Shake the Campus” initiative.

Contains adult content

There will be a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, October 26.


In The Next Room PosterIn the Next Room, or the vibrator play

Thursday-Saturday, October 26-28
Wednesday-Sunday, November 1-5

Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

By Sarah Ruhl

In the waning years of the 19th century, the age of electricity enlivens the possibilities for human satisfaction. A path-breaking physician treats the “hysteric” needs of his female patients while overlooking domestic discontent in his own home. Illinois Theatre examines love and marriage, artistic inspiration, and burgeoning female sexuality. Viewed through a blushing comic lens of sexual awakening and desire, audiences will surely find moments of identification, sympathy, and laugh-out-loud acknowledgment.

Contains adult content.

There will be a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, November 2.


Assassins PosterAssassins

Thursday-Saturday, February 1-3
Wedneday-Sunday, February 7-11

J.W. Morrissette, director

Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist; John Weidman, librettist

“Murder is a tawdry little crime; it’s born of greed, or lust, or liquor. Adulterers and shopkeepers get murdered. But when a president gets killed, when Julius Caesar got killed . . . he was assassinated.” —John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist John Weidman take aim at American ideals of prosperity and fortune. Illinois Theatre presents this powerful musical examination of the blood-curdling (and banal) impulses of would-be assassins who pursue their own versions of the American dream.

There will a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, February 8.



12th NightTwelfth Night, or What You Will

Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3
Wednesday-Sunday, March 8-11

Matthew Arbour, guest director

By William Shakespeare

Featuring a shipwreck, lost siblings, false identities, gender confusion, and star-crossed love, this production from Illinois Theatre is sure to excite every aficionado of Shakespeare. Guest director Brenda DeVita, artistic director of the American Players Theatre, has her Krannert Center debut at the helm of this lively, timeless comedy.

There will a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, March 8.



BBQ PosterBarbecue

Thurday-Saturday, March 29-31
Wednesday-Sunday, April 4-8

Chuck Smith, guest director

By Robert O’Hara

The O’Mallery family gathers in a local park to confront a sibling about her substance abuse. Is it a made-for-reality-television event? Not quite. As the narrative unspools, members of the family attack and retreat. Familiar tropes from domestic dramas give way to startling new revelations as a family’s identity shape-shifts across an evolving landscape of race, class, and consciousness. Illinois Theatre welcomes playwright Robert O’Hara to our community as we produce this exciting new comedy, directed by the Goodman Theatre’s Chuck Smith.

Contains adult content

There will be a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, April 5.