Past Productions

The Tempest



By William Shakespeare

Robert G. Anderson, director

Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26, 2013, at 7:30pm
Thursday, October 31-Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 3pm

Colwell Playhouse

In The Tempest, his magical farewell to the stage, Shakespeare unfolds a tale of vengeance and of redemption. The play tells the story of Prospero, deposed Duke of Milan, who will be played by Illinois Theatre faculty member Henson Keys. During a 12-year exile, Prospero has exploited the inhabitants and natural resources of the mystical island where he has found refuge. Using magic taken from his indentured island servants, Prospero prepares to exact revenge on those who wronged him. What follows is a timeless lesson on the small and large details of human becoming. In the course of staging this production, the creative team will explore the ecological implications of theatre making while working to implement sustainable practices.


Nine Parts of Desire

9 Parts of Desire


By Heather Raffo

Heather Raffo, director

Thursday-Saturday, October 3-5, 2013, at 7:30pm
Wednesday-Friday, October 9-11, 2013, at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 3pm

Studio Theatre

Described by The New Yorker as “an example of how art can remake the world,’ 9 Parts of Desire tells the stories of nine Iraqi and Iraqi-American women in the decades between the Persian Gulf Wars and during the US occupation. Whether a painter, a doctor, a communist, a wife, a lover, or an exile, each of these women represents extraordinary as well as ordinary experiences, which bring into sharp relief the truth of women’s lives in the shadows of war.


Clybourne Park

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By Bruce Norris

Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

Thursday-Saturday, November 7-9, 2013, at 7:30pm

Tuesday-Saturday, November 12-16, 2013, at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 3pm

Studio Theatre

Taking A Raisin in the Sun as inspiration, Clybourne Park explores the human contradictions that prevail in American society when we consider issues of race and class. Wickedly funny and fiercely provocative, it asks us to consider how far we have come as a culture and how far we have yet to go.


Lost Lake



By David Auburn

Daniel Sullivan, director

Wednesday-Friday, February 5-7, 2014, at 7:30pm

Saturday-Sunday, February 8-9, 2014, at 2pm and 7:30pm

Studio Theatre

 In its inaugural year, The Sullivan Project will produce Lost Lake, a new play from David Auburn. Developed during a residency funded by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in the summer of 2013, the work will have its first fully realized production by Illinois Theatre. Also a screenwriter and a director, Auburn is best known for his drama Proof, which earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award.

In Lost Lake, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads in life and decides to offer her children a respite from their urban milieu in a ramshackle cabin far from the distractions of New York City. When she leases a vacation home, she meets Hogan, the property owner, who is facing challenges of his own—challenges that will have an impact on her chances of getting time away from it all.

Director Daniel Sullivan, the artistic leader of the project, is a Tony Award-winning member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and holds a Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois, the university’s premier endowed recognition. The play stars Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, Meet Joe Black, and Medium) as Hogan and Opal Alladin (United 93) as Veronica.

The Sullivan Project is funded by the Swanlund Endowment, the Anda Fund, the Dasha Epstein New Production Fund, and Friends of Illinois Theatre.


O Beautiful

O Beautiful


By Theresa Rebeck

Gina Rattan, director

Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5, 2014, at 7:30pm

Wednesday-Saturday, April 9-12, 2014, at 7:30pm

Studio Theatre

 As current as today’s news and as personal as our own lives, this comedic drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck is sure to stir discussion in our community. The prolific Rebeck has had three Broadway productions in the past several years and is widely known for creating the NBC program Smash. Her 2011 play, O Beautiful, views our polarized age through the lives and challenges—including bullying, date rape, abortion, and the debate over gun rights—of a few American teenagers and their families. Historical figures from Jesus to John Adams present themselves to add to the work’s complex questions—and sometimes to offer controversial answers.


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado


By William Shakespeare

Kathleen F. Conlin, director

Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 2014, at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 3pm

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 7:30pm; Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, 2014, at 7:30pm

Colewell Playhouse

Full of scintillating wit, brimming with great character humor, and equipped with a psychologically rich plot, Much Ado About Nothing provides stimulus for a new look at the age-old battle of the sexes through the viewpoints of Beatrice and Benedick—one of Shakespeare’s most famous couples. The rich tapestry of the play includes a wonderful, broad comic quartet of buffoons with Illinois Theatre faculty member Robert G. Anderson playing Dogberry, master of malaprops. The production will concentrate on the joyful, sensual Italian countryside, where fathers treat the community to feasts of all sorts and the youthful lovers push all boundaries of vivacious, celebratory living!