New Season Announcement


its New 2019-2020 Season

Heartland Theatre Company is announcing its new season beginning June 2019 running through April 2020. Every season kicks off with the popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 6, running through June 29, 2019.

“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.


Jimmy Chrismon — Top Shelf Tolstoy (Comedy), Fictionistas (RomCom)
MaKenna Lockhart — The Restricted Section (Magical Realism), Ricky and Ready (Drama)
Kevin Wickart — Library Noir (Comedy), Amnesty Week (Nostalgia)
Kendall Katz — Dewey or Don’t We (RomCom), Miss Stump’s Got It (Comedy)

June 6,7,8 | 13,14,15 | 20,21,22,23 | 27,28,29 – 2019

(Curtain is at 7:30 pm, except 2:00 matinees on June 23 and 29. June 29 has two performances – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm) No performance Father’s Day June 16..



Heartland’s senior acting program struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases the summer of 2019 and one in the fall.  Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for just a donation at the door.

“Life in the Senior Lane.” Life is a journey and no one knows better than seniors how to navigate its challenges.  Our seniors invite you to join them on this road well traveled. Young at Heartland, 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 a donation at the door.  Program Director Ann B. White, Instructor Sandra Zielinski, assisted by Terri Whisenhunt. [GENERAL AUDIENCES]

Summer Showcases at Heartland

Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm – 2019

Friday, June 21 Matinee at 2:00 pm – 2019


2019 New Plays from the Heartland


Midwest One-Act Play Festival

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.   [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 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


THE ELECTRIC BABY by Stefanie Zadravec*

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*


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)


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 program is made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and the Mirza Arts & Culture Grant of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. This year’s new play is not announced yet

“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

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm, 2019

Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm, 2019


WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett*


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 CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter*


Directed by Sandra Zielinski

[ 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


*Indicates Season Offering. Flex Passes (Season Tickets) Apply.

Regular Ticket Prices: General Admission – $17, Senior and Military Discount – $15, Student Discount – $7

Groups of 10 (or more) Prices:  $15 General Admission, $13 Senior/Military

Season Ticket Packages (Flex Passes) are available for purchase May 1, 2019. This 6-pack of passes to use any way you like apply to the 5 season offerings ($75 Seniors, $85 General)


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