New Season Announcement

HEARTLAND THEATRE COMPANY Announces its New 2017-2018 Season

Heartland Theatre Company is announcing its new season beginning June 2017 running through April 2018. Every season kicks off with the popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 1, running through June 24.

FESTIVAL TheGraduationParty Comp v 1 Slider_edited-2“THE GRADUATION PARTY”: 2017 10-Minute Play Festival

At Heartland Theatre, our 2017 10-minute play festival is a Graduation Party, but our celebration isn’t about caps and gowns. New works from eight playwrights will prove that graduation day is more about hope and fear than pomp and circumstance. As the characters move from one phase of life to another, we’ll go along with them—laughing, cheering, sighing, and reflecting. Join us this summer for a Graduation Party at Heartland Theatre. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

June 1, 2, 3 | 8, 9, 10, 11 | 15, 16, 17 | 22, 23, 24 – 2017

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on June 11 and 24. June 24 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)



Directed by Don LaCasse

Oscar Wilde’s most lauded work, and perhaps the wittiest comedy in the English language, comes to Heartland’s stage. Carefree young bachelor John Worthing resides outside London and invents a fictitious brother, Ernest, whose wicked ways afford him the excuse to frequently venture into the city. Chaos erupts when he discovers that his scheming friend and confidante, Algernon Moncrieff has also assumed the same identity for reasons of his own. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

September 7, 8, 9 | 14, 15, 16, 17 | 21, 22, 23 – 2017

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on September 17 and 23. September 23 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)



Directed by Rhys Lovell

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Albee’s most autobiographical work, THREE TALL WOMEN tells the story of an aged wealthy socialite reflecting on her life with a mixture of shame, pleasure, regret, and satisfaction. She recalls the fun of her childhood and her early marriage, when she felt an overwhelming optimism. Now, in her twilight years, she contemplates the question, “What is the happiest moment of a life? Does it lie ahead of us, or is it lost to the past?” [MATURE CONTENT]

November 2, 3, 4 | 9, 10, 11, 12 | 16, 17,18 – 2017

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on November 12 and 18. November 18 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)

FOR THE LOYAL Image 2FOR THE LOYAL by Lee Blessing

Directed by Kathleen Kirk

Toby and Mia are graduate students with a bright future ahead of them: a baby on the way and a college coaching job for Toby. But when Toby stumbles across a secret that threatens to derail their future, he and Mia must decide between honesty and loyalty, and whether doing something wrong is the only way to do what’s right. Inspired by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, For the Loyal is an emotional and thought-provoking night of theater. [STRONG LANGUAGE/MATURE CONTENT]

February 8, 9, 10 | 15, 16, 17, 18 | 22, 23, 24 – 2018

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on February 18 and 24. February 24 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)



Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel, Book and Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau

Directed by Sandra Zielinski

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 1995-1996 Obie Award for its score, Floyd Collins has been described as the first great post-Sondheim musical, with Stephen Sondheim himself calling composer Adam Guettel’s music, “dazzling.” Guettel’s unique musical style is drawn from bluegrass, Americana and more complex musical forms that have their roots in the likes of Bartok and Stravinsky. The book, by Steppenwolf’s Tina Landau, was inspired by the real Floyd Collins, a Kentuckian who descended into the great Sand Cave during the winter of 1925 in search of fame and fortune. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

April 5, 6, 7 | 12, 13, 14, 15 | 19, 20, 21, 22  – 2018

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on April 15 and 22.)


Regular Ticket Prices: General Admission – $15 (except for musical “Floyd Collins” $20, Senior Discount – $13 (except for musical $15), Student Discount – $5 (except for musical $10)


Season Ticket Packages (Flex Passes) are available for purchase May 1. This 6-pack of passes are good for the season offerings ($60 Seniors, $75 General)




2017 FESTIVAL New Plays from the Heartland Slider_edited-3The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland


Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings for three performances.  Nationally known playwright Philip Dawkins from Chicago will be our guest playwright, conducting a workshop with the winning playwrights, delivering a free forum to the community, and attending the opening of the festival. Made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and sponsored by Paul and Sandra Harmon.

Thursday, July 13: Open Forum on Playwriting at 7:30 pm

July 14, 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 pm – 2017



Heartland’s senior acting program struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases the summer of 2017 and one in the fall.  Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for just a donation at the door.

Friday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. – 2017