Heartland Theatre Company’s
- Annual 10-Minute Play Festival
- The Language Archive by Julia Cho
- Falling by Deanna Jent
- Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras/Translated by Tom Stoppard
- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
All the shows below are listed in chronological order.
SPONSORED BY DEANNA FRAUTSCHI & ALAN BEDELL
In honor of our longtime sponsor and wonderful bird and wildlife photographer Deanna Frautschi, our 10-minute plays were for the birds!
June 5 to 29, 2014
Young at Heartland Summer Showcases
Heartland’s senior acting troupe strutted its stuff on stage!
June 20 and 25, 2014
ONE-ACT PLAYS BY MIDWEST PLAYWRIGHTS
Directed by DON LACASSE
DRAMATURGY BY KATHLEEN KIRK
Sponsored by Paul & Sandra Harmon
Now named after Mike Dobbins, our New Plays from the Heartland presented three winning one-act plays with the theme “Escape” chosen by guest playwright Scott Klavan, who came direct from New York to offer a forum and a special workshop for the winning playwrights. Funded by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and Sponsors Paul and Sandra Harmon.
July 17 to 20, 2014
THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE by Julia Cho
Directed by KATHLEEN KIRK
SPONSORED BY MYRA & GEORGE GORDON
George has devoted his life to lost languages, but his wife Mary may leave him because she just can’t find the words to tell him what is in her heart. And two visitors to his archive, the last speakers of a language on the verge of extinction, refuse to speak to each other. This “wryly beguiling new play” is about language, love and the lapses between the two. [Mature Themes/ Mature Language]
Performances: September 11, 12 and 13; 18, 19, 20 and 21; 25, 26, 27 and 28 – 2014
FALLING by Deanna Jent
DIRECTED BY lori adams
sponsored by angie & frank hoffman
How do you love someone who is very difficult to love? Playwright and IWU alum Deanna Jent has called Falling “a day in the life of a ‘typical’ family who are caring for a teenage son with severe autism.” As Josh gets older and bigger, his parents struggle to handle him, his sister wishes she had a family like everyone else’s, and his grandmother can’t understand how things got so out of control. ISU’s Lori Adams, who directed this heartbreaking family drama in sold-out, award-winning runs in St. Louis and New York, now brings Falling home to Heartland. [Mature Themes/Mature Language]
Performances: November 6, 7 and 8; 13, 14 [SOLD OUT], 15 [SOLD OUT] and 16 [SOLD OUT]; 20, 21, 22 and 23 – 2014
HEROES by Gerald Sibleyras. Translated by Tom Stoppard.
Directed by John Ficca
SPONSORED BY JUDY BEY & GARY HOOVER | MARY ANNE SCHIERMAN & JAMES KEERAN
Three aging veterans spend their autumn years on the terrace of a retirement home, dreaming up plans to get themselves to Indochina. Or maybe just to the other side of the garden gate. A lot of things have changed since their war days, but their sense of humor and heroic spirits are still working just fine. “Hilarious and moving…achingly funny and piercingly sad.” [Mature Themes/Mature Language]
Performances: February 12, 13 and 14; 19, 20, 21 and 22; 26, 27, 28 and March 1 – 2015
DIRECTED BY dON lACASSE
sponsored by JAN ELFLINE & DRAKE ZIMMERMAN
A classic of the American stage, The Glass Menagerie looks inside the suffocating St. Louis home of Amanda Wingfield, a former Southern belle whose life has left her marooned with two children she despairs of understanding. Tom, our narrator, wants only to be free, but his sister Laura, fragile and vulnerable, is tethered to their home through the small glass animals she has collected. Connie de Veer stars as Amanda in director Don LaCasse’s Heartland Theatre production. [Mature Themes/Mature Language]
Performances: April 9, 10 and 11; 16, 17, 18 and 19; 23, 24, 25 and 26 – 2015
Flex Passes were available for sale beginning May 5, 2014. 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) Once the first show of the season is over, Flex Passes can be purchased for $75 per set, no discounts for Seniors after June 29th, 2014.