Elmhurst College Theatre at the Mill

Current Season

2016–2017

Plays Live/Live at the Library
Make new plays now! Get a space, get artists, get a theme, and—in the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt—“get action.” A determined team of artists will gather at A.C. Buehler Library on Friday evening to conceive, write and rehearse several new plays in time for a performance the following evening.

A. C. Buehler Library
September 10, 2016
7:00 p.m., Free admission

The Addams Family: A New Musical
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on characters created by Charles Addams, directed by Janice Pohl, music direction by Scott Uddenberg, choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

The twisted, iconic, and truly Gothic American family has arrived on the musical theatre stage, a land where girl meets boy, parents object, and everyone sings about it. Authors Brickman & Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer Lippa (Big Fish) create an original story for the gruesome family residing at Mockingbird Lane. The younger generation is revolting, parents are at the ends of their ropes, and middle class values are still skewered with the macabre yet familiar humor cartoonist Charles Addams launched in 1938.

Thursday–Sunday, October 6–9, 2016
Thursday–Saturday, October 13–15, 2016
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m., $7

I and You
By Lauren Gunderson, directed by Laura Matthews
Lauren Gunderson, American Theatre Magazine’s most produced playwright in 2015, has brilliantly created a story which DC Metro Arts called ‘emotionally blindsiding.'

I and You follows the story of two teenagers, Caroline and Anthony, though the struggles of collaborating on an English project. However things aren’t always as simple as they seem. Winner of the 2014 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, I and You will bring you on a thought provoking journey about kinship, love and connection.

Performances run Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12, and Thursday-Sunday, November 17-20. Thursday-Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday performance is at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday–Saturday, November 10–12, 2016
Thursday–Sunday, November 17–20, 2016
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m., $7 

An Evening of Dance
A collaborative showcase of dance, featuring choreography of both faculty and students. Evening of Dance sells out fast, so order your tickets early.

Saturday–Sunday, December 10–11, 2016
7:00 p.m., $5

Middle Eastern Dance Recital and Concert
Members of the Elmhurst College class Middle Eastern Dance Through History to Today will share both dance and percussion performances. The evening will feature the diverse dances of Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Persia.

Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 27, 2017
7:00 p.m., Admission is free, but audience members are encouraged to bring canned goods for donation to local food pantries.

The Woman in Black
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, after the novel by Susan Hill, directed by Karly Hanna

Continuously running on London's West End since 1989 and turned into a major motion film, The Woman in Black, explores Arthur Kipps's journey to Eel Marsh house and his eerie encounters with a strange woman with a wasted face dressed in black. In its use of simple storytelling, this play explores the power our past has over our future, and the horrifying damage it can do.

Thursday–Saturday, February 2–4, 2017
8:00 p.m., $5

The Burnt Part Boys
Book by Mariana Elder, music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, directed by Erik Wagner, music direction by Scott Uddenberg, choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

In 1952, a small Appalachian coal mining town called the Burnt Part lost four men. Now, fifteen years later, the sons they left behind are outraged as the company announces they are ready to reopen. Set to a haunting bluegrass score by Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller (Tuck Everlasting), the boys set out on a journey of rebellion, loss, redemption and self-discovery to see to it that the mine never re-opens again.

Thursday–Saturday, March 9–11, 2017
Thursday–Saturday, March 16–18, 2017
Showtimes at 8:00 p.m., $7
There are two performances on March 11, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Trojan Women
By Euripides, adapted and directed by Andrew Behling

Troy’s captive women, royalty and commoners alike, await their fates at the hands of Greek conquerors after the invasion and destruction of their home. This adaptation, drawn from translations by Gilbert Murray and Edith Hamilton, text from Homer’s The Illiad, Seneca’s Troades, and devised material from the ensemble, aims to find new life in an ancient tragedy that some have called the greatest anti-war play ever written.

Thursday–Sunday, April 27–30, 2017 
Thursday–Saturday, May 4–6, 2017
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m., $7

An Evening of Dance
A collaborative showcase of dance, featuring choreography of both faculty and students. Evening of Dance sells out fast, so order your tickets early.

Saturday–Sunday, May 8–9, 2017
7:00 p.m. $5

An Evening of One-Act Plays
Explore a range of distinct theatrical moments! Students of the directing class will each stage a short one-act play. Come enjoy the work of student directors and actors.

Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14, 2017
8:00 p.m., $5

All performances are held in the Mill Theatre unless otherwise noted.

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