Spring 2021

Twelfth Night PosterTWELFTH NIGHT
by William Shakespeare

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell 

Auditions and Crew Interviews: February 1 and 2, 2021

Performances: April 16, 17, 18 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & April 22, 23, 24 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2021

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m. Performances on April 16th and 22nd will be performed online via live-stream, and recordings of those performances will be available to view on April 17th, 18th, 23rd, and 24th.

One of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT employs mistaken identity, misguided love, and mistreatment of a pompous servant. The following is from the Folger Shakespeare Library: “After the twins Sebastian and Viola survive a shipwreck, neither knows that the other is alive. Viola goes into service with Count Orsino…, disguised as a young man, “Cesario.” Orsino sends Cesario to woo the Lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Viola, in the meantime, has fallen in love with Orsino.”

Meanwhile, Olivia’s kinsman, Sir Toby Belch, along with his friends, make fun of Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, by playing a sinister joke on him. Unbeknownst to Viola, her brother Sebastian has been rescued, and Olivia mistakes Sebastian for Cesario (Viola’s disguise!). By play’s end, Malvolio vows revenge on Sir Toby and his gang, while the mistaken identities are revealed, and 2 couples head towards marriage.

CAST: FLEXIBLE – “gender blind” casting will be employed when possible. minimum of 4 women, 7 men

Fall 2020

by John Patrick Shanley

Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Performances WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED FROM THE STUDIO THEATRE WITH NO LIVE AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE November 6, 7, 8 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & November 12, 13, 14 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2020

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m. ONE MUST HAVE A TICKET (tickets are free) to view one of the Live-Streamed performances online. Please visit the UIS Ticket Office (M-F: 10-5, Level 2, PAC) masked up OR call 217-206-6160 OR get your tickets online at:

THE STORIES: Ten magnetic characters. Ten bizarre, explosive, and darkly humorous stories. This collection of monologues from the imagination of Pulitzer Prize–winning John Patrick Shanley delves into the allure of bad behavior and the absurdity of being human. UNKNOWN CALLER. “Where was the ring? I stared at the open box.” After a doomed proposal and a night of heavy drinking, a would-be fiancé wakes to a hangover and a missing engagement ring. A phone call from a stranger may hold the key to its whereabouts—and an opportunity for a fresh start. (1 man.) DRIVE. “He looked at me like I was an unexpected problem, like the day had been going fine, and I ruined it.” A cabaret singer does not like the janitor at her club, and the feeling is mutual. As she struggles to find authenticity in her performances, a sudden event brings inspiration. (1 woman.) GAUCHO. “He did not realize the kind of man I was, and that he was in danger.” An aggrieved descendant of the gauchos of Argentina seeks revenge on the man who seduced his wife. (1 man.) ARTIFICIAL LEG. “Who leaves a leg?” A homeowner struggles to dispose of the prosthetic limb he discovered in the basement of his new townhouse. (1 man.) DITTO. “I’m scared to death.” A journalist becomes infatuated with a writer, leaving her fiancé behind and diving headfirst into a blissful romance. But when a friend reaches out with an unsettling discovery, she uncovers the strange truth about her new relationship—and herself. (1 woman.) THE ACUPUNCTURIST. “She was exceptionally good at finding pain.” A patient switches acupuncturists after their practitioner starts to believe he has magical powers. (1 n/s.) THE CLERICAL LINE. “It is not enough to foresee a fashion. One must have courage.” A wealthy bachelor collaborates with Burberry to create a wardrobe of priest’s clothing—a uniform he deems most reflective of his soul and status. (1 man.) I WAS RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. “I’m the fascinating one. We both know that. I’m the one a movie star would want to play.” A Bronx food cart owner and teller of tall tales bides his time until the woman he loves realizes how exceptional he is. (1 man.) LOCKDOWN. “I hate him, but I can’t leave the puppy.” During a global epidemic, a quarantined woman slips away from her boyfriend to call her lover. (1 woman.) THE CHOREOGRAPHER’S HAND. “The best way to get away with murder is don’t talk about it, and I never have.” In this longer piece, a pianist prone to visions unravels the curious sequence of events that pushed him to kill. (1 man.)–Taken from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. website

CAST: FLEXIBLE – “gender blind” casting will be employed when possible. 4 women, 4 men. Or fewer. Or More.


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