This Season


Heartland Theatre Company’s

2018-2019 Season

Add-On Events: Non-Season Shows

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


Heartland Theatre Company’s season runs June 2018 through April 2019. Each new season kicks off with Heartland’s popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 7 running through June 30, 2018.



sponsored by Deanna Frautschi & alan bedell

“MAGIC!”: 2018 10-Minute Play Festival

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

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program instructor: Sandra Zielinski, assisted by Teri Whisenhunt

Program Director: Ann B. White

Young at Heartland Senior Acting Program’s SHOWCASES

Summer Showcases:  June 22 Matinee at 1 pm & June 27 at 7:30 pm

“Life in the Senior Lane”

Life is a journey and no one knows better than seniors how to navigate its challenges.  There are unexpected detours and dead ends.  Sometimes it means zipping right along in the high occupancy lane and suddenly it’s a “rough road ahead” that necessitates reducing speed and yielding.  Our seniors invite you to join them on this road “well traveled.”

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. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

2018 New Plays from the Heartland

One-Act Midwest Play Festival Directed by Jimmy Chrismon

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 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







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STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham

Sponsored by Carole & Jerry Ringer

Directed by Sandra ZielinskI


AN INSIDE LOOK – Behind the Scenes of Stella and Lou

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

Translated by Rolf Fjelde

Sponsored by John & Peg Kirk

Directed by Rhys Lovell


AN INSIDE LOOK – Behind the Scenes of A Doll’s House

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.

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)

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THE PLAY’S THE THING: New Play Reading at Heartland

A new play reading of a full length play in development with audience participation, using Heartland actors playing the roles, simply staged on stools on Heartland’s stage. This year’s new play is BOSWELL by Milwaukee playwright Marie Kohler, featuring Brian Mani, an equity actor and company member of American Players Theatre.

“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 8,9  – 2019

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm

$5 Donation


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MARJORIE PRIME by Jordan Harrison

Directed by Don LaCasse

Sponsored by Judy and Ed Hines

AN INSIDE LOOK – Behind the Scenes of Marjorie Prime

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)

TABLE MANNERS by Alan Ayckbourn

Sponsored by linda ash, Margie hohenshell & PEGGY HUNDLEY 

Directed by Joe McDonnell


AN INSIDE LOOK – Behind the Scenes of Table Manners

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 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 5, 2018  ($95 All)

Season 2018-2019 Ticket Packages go on sale May 10, 2018.  They are available as gifts prior to May 1.  Email 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.