Heartland Theatre Company’s
- Annual 10-Minute Play Festival
- The Electric Baby by Stephanie Zadravec
- Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
- The Cake by Bekah Brunsletter
Add-On Events: Non-Season Shows
- Young at Heartland Showcases
- New Plays from the Heartland: One Act Plays from the Midwest
- The Play’s the Thing: New Play Reading
HEARTLAND THEATRE COMPANY’S 2019-2020 SEASON
Heartland Theatre Company’s season runs June 2019 through April 2020. Each new season kicks off with Heartland’s popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 6 running through June 29 2019.
Directed by JIMMY CHRISMON,KENDALL KATZ, MAKENNA LOCKHART, KEVIN WICKART
OVERALL DIRECTOR: Rhys LOVELL METORS: JOHN KIRK, JOHN FICCA
sponsored by Deanna Frautschi & alan bedell
THE LIBRARY: 2019 10-Minute Play Festival
For this year’s 10-Minute Play Festival, Heartland Theatre invited playwrights to visit The Library and tell us what they found. Now we’re inviting you to share in what they discovered. In the Heartland branch, you’ll find love and loneliness, order and chaos, acceptance and denial, seekers and finders, those who know and those who wonder. Tough guys and femme fatales are here, too. The Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – taking you to The Library. Eight plays that you should definitely check out.
RICKY AND READY by Colleen N. O’Doherty, Omaha, Nebraska
Read a single book and you’ll increase your knowledge, but how many books do you have to read to increase your understanding?
LIBRARY NOIR by Bruce Boeck, Normal, Illinois
He wanted to say that the library was “too quiet,” but he didn’t want to sound like a sap. He wondered why he had butterflies duking it out in his gut. It was simple. He knew that every chapter of his life started, “There was this dame….” Tonight was no different.
TOP SHELF TOLSTOY by Maximillian Gill, Sunnyside, New York
The great writers pursued their literary visions with passion–completely unwilling to compromise. The libraries that maintain those visions? Not so much.
THE RESTRICTED SECTION by Drew Michele, Chicago, Illinois
If you’re trying to find yourself, does it make sense to try to find someone else? And if you find that person, does that mean your journey is over? Seeking always leads to finding, doesn’t it?
AMNESTY WEEK by Loretta Bolger Wish, Manasquan, New Jersey
You’re a person of character if you believe that honesty is the best policy. Sometimes, though, things get complicated when other people have policies, too.
DEWEY OR DON’T WE? by Nancy Halper, Summit, New Jersey
Does a change in library policy rise to the level of a cosmic and existential crisis? It depends on who you ask.
MISS STUMP’S GOT IT by Chris Widney, New York, New York
Somewhere in the world, there’s a question. Somewhere in the library, there’s an answer. One woman will put it all on the line to bring them together. You think that’s overstating the situation? You’d better not tell her that.
FICTIONISTAS by Mark Saunders, Medford, Oregon
If you created a matrix with fiction and reality, you could choose from fictional fiction, fictional reality, real fiction, or real reality. Two old acquaintances start with real reality and explore their other options.
JUNE 6,7,8 | 13,14,15 | 20,21,22,23 | 27,28,29 – 2019
Young at Heartland Senior Acting Program’s SHOWCASES
Program Director: Ann B. White
program instructor: Sandra Zielinski, assisted by Teri Whisenhunt
Summer Showcases: June 19 at 7:30 pm & June 21 at 2:00 pm
The dictionary defines curiosity as “A desire to know or learn, especially about something new or strange.” By coming to see our performance you are satisfying your curiosity, as the characters in these scenes are learning about something new or strange. It has been said: “That curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.”
Heartland’s senior acting program 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 just a donation at the door.
2019 Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland
One-Act Midwest Play Festival Directed by Makenna Lockhart
sponsored by Sandra & Paul Harmon
Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings for three performances. Nationally known playwright Brett Neveu 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.
The Premiere of Three Winning New One-Act Plays from the Midwest:
DOWN TO THE WIRE by Kevin Drzakowski, Menomonie WI
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE by Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy, Kalamazoo MI
EXPAT-ATIONS by Alyssa Cokinis, Roselle IL
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 11,12,13,14, – 2019
July 11 Playwriting Forum – with Brett Neveu at 7pm (Open to the Community and Free)
July 12, 13 at 7:30 pm – Enhanced Staged Readings of Winning New One-act Plays | Playwright Reception
July 14 at 2:00 pm – Enhanced Staged Readings of Winning New One-act Plays
This program is made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and the Mirza Arts & Culture Grant of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
THE ELECTRIC BABY by Stefanie Zadravec
SPONSORED BY lAURA & KEN BERK
Directed by Jimmy Chrismon
[MATURE AUDIENCES: Language and Adult Situations] Click here for Content Advisory
A cab driver. A call girl. A storyteller. A mother. A father. And a baby that glows like the moon. Myth is reality, grief is healing, and magic is loss in this spellbinding drama of five strangers brought together by an accident and held together by fate. As the contemporary story unfolds, ancient folk tales illuminate curious connections and offer assurance that there’s nothing so lost that it cannot be found.
SEPTEMBER 12,13,14 | 19,20,21,22 | 26,27,28- 2019
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on September 22 and 28. September 28 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley
Sponsored by jANET & RUSSELL BEDFORD IN MEMORY OF MIKE DOBBINS
Directed by Don LaCasse
[GENERAL AUDIENCES] Click here for Content Advisory
From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1,2 | 7,8,9,10 | 14,15,16 – 2019
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on November 10 and 16. November 16 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett
Sponsored by Drake Zimmerman & jan elfline
Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
[GENERAL AUDIENCES] Click here for Content Advisory
A barren landscape reveals a single tree and nothing more. Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, are vagrants waiting, interminably, for the arrival of a man named Godot. They pass the time philosophizing, soliloquizing, and playing word games. Their absurd, cyclical conversations are punctuated with occasional acrobatics that are every bit as precise, and hilarious, as their banter. By turns bleak and silly, delightful and devastating, this iconic tragicomedy continues to challenge audiences with the question,
“What is the meaning of it all?”
FEBRUARY 6,7,8 | 13,14,15,16 | 20,21,22 – 2020
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on February 16 and 22. February 22 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm)
THE PLAY’S THE THING: New Play Reading at Heartland
Experience the development of a new full length play. The new play is read from scripts on stools, by actors, with professional and audience response. Last year audiences raved about BOSWELL by Milwaukee Playwright Marie Kohler.
“I’ll have grounds
More relative than this —
the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the
conscience of the King.
-Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2
December 7,8 – 2019
Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm
Made possible by the Mirza Arts & Culture Grant of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
THE CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Sandra Zielinski
Sponsored BY PRAIRIE PRIDE COALITION
[ MATURE AUDIENCES: Language, Adult Situations, Sexual Content] Click here for Content Advisory
Della owns a small bakery and is about to become a contestant on The Big American Bake Off. She believes that, “God made butter and sugar as rewards for us, for our good choices, for sticking to what’s right no matter how much the world changes.” When a family friend, Jenny, returns home after having been living in New York, she brings with her a special request: that Della make her a one-of-a-kind cake for her upcoming wedding. From the writer of television’s This Is Us, comes this refreshing and heartening look at marriage in today’s world.
APRIL 2,3,4 | 9,10,11 | 16,17,18,19 – 2020
(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on April 18 and 19.) April 18 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Regular Ticket Prices: General Admission – $17, Senior/Military Discount – $15, Student Discount – $6
Season Ticket Packages (Flex Passes) are still available for purchase. This 6-pack of passes are good for the season offerings online after the discount deadline of June 1, 2019 ($95 All)
Season 2019-2020 Ticket Packages go on sale April 22, 2019. June 1, 2019 is the deadline for Flex Pass discounts. They are available as gifts anytime. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the box office at 309.452.8709.
Play selections and calendar are subject to change. Circumstances beyond our control may affect selections and schedules. Please check our website.