This Season

Heartland Theatre Company’s

2016-2017 Season

Non-Season Shows


To see show times for the current production, click here. For Flex Pass information, click here.


Heartland Theatre Company’s season began June 2016 running through April 2017. The NEW season kicks off with Heartland’s popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 2, running through June 25th, 2016.

THE ART GALLERY: Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

June 2, 3, 4, | 9, 10, 11, 12 | 16, 17, 18 | 23, 24, 25 – 2016



In any given ART GALLERY, you may run into old masters, new masters, pop art, papier-mâché, maybe even something unexpected, something that completely changes the way you see the world. Artists, critics and patrons may not agree on what’s worth bidding on, oohing and ahhing over, winning a prize, or even calling art in the first place, but that’s where the fun starts. And who knows? You may find you’re part of the installation in Heartland Theatre’s ART GALLERY 10-Minute Play Festival. [MATURE CONTENT]

Young at Heartland Summer Showcases

June 17, 22 – 2016

program instructor: Sandra Zielinski, ASSISTED BY TERRI WHISENHUNT

Program Director: Ann B. White

Heartland’s senior acting program struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases this summer: June 17 at 1:00 p.m. and June 22 at 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for just a donation at the door. No reservations will be taken.

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland

July 14, 15, 16, 17 – 2016

Directed by Cyndee Brown

Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings.  A nationally known playwright will be our guest, 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 14: Open Forum on Playwriting at 7:30 pm

July 15, 16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm – 2016


FIGHTING WORDS by Sunil Kuruvilla

September 8, 9, 10 | 15, 16, 17, 18 | 22, 23, 24 – 2016

In September, 1980, three women in the tiny Welsh village of Merthyr Tydfil wait, worry and watch, pinning their hopes and dreams on a bantamweight boxer named Johnny Owen, who has traveled all the way from Wales to Los Angeles to fight for a world championship. Every man in town who could scrape up the money is in California with their favorite son, but sisters Peg and Nia and their landlady Mrs. Davies are left behind. To pass the time before the bout is on television, they bake, they talk – and they fight – about their futures and fears and how they live their lives in this sorrowful mining town. [MATURE CONTENT]

THE HOMECOMING by Harold Pinter

November 3, 4, 5 | 10, 11, 12, 13 | 17, 18, 19 – 2016


Like many of Harold Pinter’s plays, The Homecoming begins with a seemingly innocuous event. Teddy, a philosophy professor who’s been living in America, brings his wife Ruth to his father’s home in North London to introduce her to his family. Teddy may work in an ivory tower, but the home he is returning to is somewhere harsher and darker. His dad was a butcher, his uncle is a chauffeur, one brother is in demolition, and the other is a vicious pimp. Given all of that, it should come as no surprise when menace, bitterness and violence bubble under the surface of this venomous family reunion. Winner of the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play. [STRONG LANGUAGE & MATURE CONTENT]

SONS OF THE PROPHET by Stephen Karam

February 9,10, 11 | 16, 17, 18, 19 | 23, 24, 25 – 2017

Directed by John Ficca

Family legend says that brothers Joseph and Charles Douaihy are distantly related to Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet. Through a series of odd misfortunes and accidents, the family has suffered recently – their father died, Uncle Bill is getting trickier to handle, and Joseph is feeling mysterious pains he can’t explain. But if Joseph is willing to trade on the Prophet connection, he might just be able to sell a book, get health insurance, and keep the Douiahy family alive. At New York’s Roundabout Theatre, Sons of the Prophet was called “the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.” [MATURE CONTENT]

PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler

April 6, 7, 8 | 13. 14, 15, 16 | 20, 21, 22 – 2017


Dr. Rosalind Franklin was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, one whose expertise with X-rays put her ahead of the pack when it came to solving the mysteries of human DNA. But Dr. Franklin was a woman. A chilly, fiercely independent woman who did not suffer fools gladly. And her colleagues and rivals did not appreciate much about her. When it came time to hand out Nobel Prizes for the discovery of the double helix, Dr. Franklin’s name was nowhere to be found. Photograph 51 is a funny and moving portrait of the life and career of Rosalind Franklin, a woman way ahead of her time. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

Flex Passes for our 2016-2017 season go on sale May 5, 2016. Order packets will be mailed out the first week of May.  If you want to receive a packet (which includes discounts on Flex Passes and a Season Calendar Brochure) in the mail, please email your request to Flex Pass sets include 6 passes to use any way you like during the season ($60 for Seniors and $75 for those under 65 years of age) After June 1, 2016, All Flex Pass sets are $75 with no senior discount.

Play selections and calendar are subject to change. Circumstances beyond our control may affect selections and schedules. Please check our website.