Thank you for your interest in UIS THEATRE. 


DISTRACTED by Lisa Loomer

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Crew interviews-6pm/Auditions-7pm: Sunday, January 24 & Monday, January 25, 2016  Studio Theater–Level 1, Public Affairs Center (PAC), here on campus

Callback Auditions slated for January 26 @ 7pm, Studio Theater

Roles available for 6 women & 3 men.

Available Crew positions include: stage management team, costumes, props, set construction, lighting, sound, running crew, dramaturg

Performance dates:

  • Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th AND
  • Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th, 2016
  • 7:30pm each evening; except for Sunday, April 24th at 2:00pm
  • Studio Theatre, Level 1, PAC, here on campus


3M, 6W (with some flexibility/doubling)

9-year-old Jesse can’t focus at school, can’t sit still, can’t follow directions. Is Jesse simply a typical 9-year-old boy, or is he suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as his teacher suspects? Jesse’s parents clash over this potential diagnosis, their marriage suffers, and Mom struggles to find a solution amid various health professionals–one of whom wants to prescribe Ritalin. Neighbors and friends all seem to have their own diagnoses–and suggested solutions–none of which seem to work for Jesse and his parents. “A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?”–Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

“A smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play.”Associated Press

“A chronically entertaining comedy.”–The New York Daily News

“Five stars. My favorite comedy of the year!”–Time Out New York

Production Team

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell

Costume Designer: TBA

Lighting Designer: TBA

Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Managers, Dramaturg, costume crew, dressers, props master, running crew, etc…: TBA

Those Interested in Working Backstage

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend one night of crew interviews at 6:00pm, fill out a crew application, and indicate area of interest backstage. The production team will take a few moments to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.


Please fill out an audition form when you arrive prior to 7:00pm. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS Theatre invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for offstage work in one of our upcoming productions.

Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production