Heartland Theatre Company is announcing its new season beginning June 2018 running through April 2019. Every season kicks off with the popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 7, running through June 30, 2018.
Eight practitioners of an ancient art have skillfully plied their craft and soon the curious will willingly gather in a place of darkness, waiting to be enchanted. Or maybe it’s better to say we’re looking forward to audiences coming to Heartland Theatre for eight short plays, each dealing with the subject of Magic. It’s a night of prestidigitators, mysterious strangers, cursed objects, unexplained circumstances and unexpected consequences. Join us and be amazed!
June 7,8,9 | 14,15,16 | 21,22,23,24 | 28,29,30 – 2018
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on June 24 and 30. June 30 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm) No performance Father’s Day 6/17.
2018 New Plays from the Heartland
One-Act Midwest Play Festival
Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings for three performances. Nationally known playwright Marie Kohler from Chicago will be our guest playwright, conducting a Master Class 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. [GENERAL AUDIENCES] [GENERAL AUDIENCES]
Made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Mirza Arts and Culture Grant, and sponsors Paul and Sandra Harmon.
July 12,13,14,15, – 2018
July 12 Playwriting Forum – with Marie Kohler 7pm (Open to the Community and Free)
July 13, 14 at 7:30 pm – Enhanced Staged Readings of Winning New One-act Plays
July 15 at 2:00 pm – Enhanced Staged Readings of Winning New One-act Plays
STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham
Directed by Sandra ZielinskI
Lou, owner of a neighborhood bar in South Philly, is still reeling from the loss of one of his longtime patrons when his old friend Stella strolls into his bar one night. Stella has been spending winters in Florida, and though she’s not much of a fan of the Sunshine State’s muggy summers, she’s decided it may finally be time to retire there full-time. Will Lou accompany her, or is he too rooted in the comfort and familiarity of South Philly? [MATURE AUDIENCES]
September 6,7,8 | 13,14,15,16 | 20,21,22 – 2018
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on September 16 and 22. September 22 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Rhys Lovell
This landmark play by the “father of modern drama,” tells the story of Nora Helmer, a wife and mother who comes to realize she is trapped in a marriage that has prevented her from realizing her full potential as a woman and as an individual. Living in an exclusively male society, with laws dictated by men, Nora faces a very difficult decision that will profoundly alter the course of her life. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]
November 1,2,3 | 8,9,10,11 | 15,16,17 – 2018
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on November 11 and 17. November 17 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
MARJORIE PRIME by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Don LaCasse
Once a celebrated violinist, eighty-six year old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with what appears to be a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter. But who is this new Walter and what does he know and understand about the past, if anything? As their interactions deepen, Marjorie’s family begins to develop diverging accounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. [MATURE AUDIENCES]
February 7,8,9 | 14,15,16,17 | 21,22,23 – 2019
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on February 17 and 23. February 23 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
Directed by Joe McDonnell
Meet Norman, a mild mannered librarian who describes himself as, “a gigolo trapped in a haystack.” An illicit weekend getaway to East Grinstead with his wife’s sister, Annie, is an escape he has longed for and finally orchestrated. However, in true farcical fashion, everything goes horribly wrong when everyone shows up under the same roof at the same time. Winner of the 2009 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Revival of a Play. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]
April 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 – 2019
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on April 14 and 20.)
April 20 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Regular Ticket Prices: General Admission – $17, Senior and Military Discount – $15, Student Discount – $7
Groups of 10 (or more) Prices: $15 General Admission, $13 Senior/Military
Season Ticket Packages (Flex Passes) are available for purchase May 1, 2018. This 6-pack of passes are good for the season offerings ($75 Seniors, $85 General)
YOUNG AT HEARTLAND SUMMER SHOWCASES
Heartland’s senior acting program struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases the summer of 2018 and one in the fall. Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for just a donation at the door.
“Life in the Senior Lane.” Life is a journey and no one knows better than seniors how to navigate its challenges. Our seniors invite you to join them on this road well traveled. Young at Heartland, struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases in the summer and one in the fall. Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for a donation at the door. Summer Showcases are: Friday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Program Director Ann B. White, Instructor Sandra Zielinski, assisted by Terri Whisenhunt. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]
Summer Showcases at Heartland
June 22 Matinee at 1 pm
June 27 Evening at 7:30 pm