This Season

Heartland Theatre Company’s

2015-2016 Season


Non-Season Shows


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


Heartland Theatre Company is announcing its new season beginning June 2015 running through April 2016. The season kicks off with Heartland’s popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 4, running through June 28th, 2015.

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CLASS REUNION: Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

June 4, 5, 6, 7 | 11, 12, 13 | 18, 19, 20 | 25, 26, 27, 28 – 2015

Directed by Julie kistler, ron Emmons, holly rocke & cathy sutliff

Once the invitation to a class reunion lands in your mailbox, the questions begin. It’s not just whether you want to go or whether you have anything in common with those people anymore, but who might show up, who might not show up, what secrets they’re hiding or getting ready to spill, and who did what to whom. It’s all about the unexpected happening when your past rises up to smack you in the face. Who are you now? Who were you then? [MATURE LANGUAGE & THEMES]

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Young at Heartland Summer Showcases

program instructor: Kathleen kirk

program director: ann b. white

Join us for Heartland’s senior acting program showcases, open to the public. Spring and fall, Young at Heartland performs all over McLean County.  These two showcases come to Heartland’s stage. Enjoy our talented seniors perform scenes and original plays for just a donation at the door. June 12 at 1:00 p.m. and June 17 at 7:30 p.m. No reservations.

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The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland

July 17, 18, 19 – 2015

Directed by Kathleen kirk

Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings.  This year our Guest Playwright is Deanna Jent (whose wonderful play Falling was fully staged last fall at Heartland). Made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and sponsored by Paul and Sandra Harmon.

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TRIBES by Nina Raine

September 10, 11, 12 | 17, 18, 19, 20 | 24, 25, 26, 27 – 2015

Special Performances with interpreters signing: September 20 and 24


Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. He was raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Tribes was first performed at the Royal Court in London in 2010, earning an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. [STRONG LANGUAGE & THEMES]

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November 5, 6, 7 | 12, 13, 14, 15 | 19, 20, 21, 22 – 2015

Directed by don lacasse

Esther, a black seamstress, sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes in 1905 New York City. Lonely and longing for a husband and a future,  she begins a correspondence with a Caribbean man named George, while her heart keeps leading her to the Orthodox Jewish merchant she buys her fabric from. Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined, while Intimate Apparel won the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. [MATURE LANGUAGE & THEMES]

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December 3, 4, 5, 6 – 2015

A staged reading of an undiscovered Ibsen classic.

AN ALLIANCE OF BRATS adapted by Nigel O’Hearn from the play A LEAGUE OF YOUTH by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Sandra Zielinski

Featuring Joey Banks, ISU MFA actor

Adapted from a new translation of Henrik Ibsen’s The League of Youth—a largely forgotten, but characteristically prophetic political send-up of 1860’s rural Norwegian politics (also Ibsen’s very first prose play and his only out-and-out comedy)—An Alliance of Brats contemporizes Ibsen’s well-made comedy of errors, dissecting the intoxicating union of political, social and financial aspiration. Greed, ambition, situational ethics… What could be more current?

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris

February 11, 12, 13 | 18. 19, 20, 21 | 25, 26, 27, 28 – 2016


Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous (white) community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. [MATURE LANGUAGE & THEMES]

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LOVE LETTERS by A. R. Gurney

April 7, 8, 9, 10 |14, 15, 16, 17 | 21, 22, 23, 24 – 2016

Directed by RON EMMONS

A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, “needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.” The piece consists of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, Love Letters was performed at Heartland in 1993. [MATURE LANGUAGE & THEMES]


Flex Passes for our 2015-2016 season go on sale late May, 2015. Order packets will be mailed out the first week of May.  If you want to receive one 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, 2015, 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.