An American Daughter PosterAn American Daughter

Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6
Wednesday-Sunday, October 10-14

By Wendy Wasserstein
Tom Mitchell, director

In this work set in contemporary Washington, DC, Dr. Lyssa Hughes—a descendent of Ulysses S. Grant—is being considered for the post of Surgeon General of the United States. In the 21st century, a woman’s progress in politics is fraught with challenge. The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein humanizes the political, creating an intelligent play that also bursts with humor and hurt.

Contains adult content

 


A_Funny Thing Happened To the Forum PosterA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20
Thursday-Sunday, October 25-28

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
J.W. Morrissette, director

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum remains one of Broadway’s greatest musical farces. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, this 1962 Tony Award-winning, slapstick comedy combines the plays of ancient Roman comedian Plautus with the whimsical vaudevillian genius of modern musical theatre. Illinois Theatre will adopt a uniquely 21st-century lens in exploring how comedy has changed through the centuries and how this classic lives on today’s stage. To quote Prologus, our host for the show: “Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone —a comedy tonight!”

 

Marat Sade PosterMarat/Sade

or The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Thursday-Saturday, November 1-3
Wednesday-Sunday, November 7-11

By Peter Weiss
Laura Hackman, director
Peter Weiss’ 1963 classic exploration of madness, history, and revolution takes on new resonance this fall. At Charenton Asylum, the inmates reenact the final days of the French Revolution for the visiting director and his upper-class family. With found instruments, props, and imaginative costumes, the production uses song and story to craft a parable about the delights and dangers of revolutionary action.

Contains adult content

 

hitthewall iconHit the Wall

Thursday-Saturday, January 31 – February 2
Wedneday-Sunday, February 6-10

By Ike Holter
Robert G. Anderson, director

The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life. Featuring a live band and a multivoiced narrative, Hit the Wall remembers the past but points bravely to the future.

Contains adult content

 

Curious iconThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thursday-Saturday, February 28 – March 2
Wednesday-Sunday, March 7-10

By Mark Haddon
Latrelle Bright, director

Based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, the play presents a young man’s search for answers—to his favorite math problems, about what it means to be different, to the question of who murdered the neighbor’s dog. A play-within-a-play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time explores the bonds between parent and child, and what it means to accept shortcomings in those we love.

 

 

queen iconBecause I Am Your Queen

Thurday-Saturday, March 28-30
Wednesday-Sunday, April 3-7

By Mina Samuels
Barbara McAdams, director

What would Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, Queen Christina of Sweden, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? What would they change? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised piece, created using Moment Work by Tectonic Theatre founding member Barbara McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students. Please join us for a fast, funny, wicked take on femininity, power, and pleasure.

Contains adult content