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Theatre Arts 2018-19 season

The women in Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf are introduced to the audience frozen in "postures of distress", a description that extends to the main characters in all of the 2018-19 Theatre Arts productions. This season presents a timely opportunity to explore how we respond to and process distress and where we find community and solidarity along the way.  – Chris Wixson, dramaturg


Up All Night Play Festival

September 14 and 15 at 7pm

Globe Theatre

Actors/Actresses, writers, techies and anyone else who can help are welcome!

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By Jen Silverman

Oct. 4-7, 2018                                               

Black Box Theatre

Directed by Jean Wolski

Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.

The Moors is intended for adult audiences

“The Moors” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.



Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick

Nov. 8-11, 2018                                            

The Theatre        

Directed by Jodi Jinks

9 to 5, THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized  performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  222.           



By Noah Haidle

Feb. 28-Mar 3, 2019                                   

Black Box Theatre

Directed by PeggyRae Johnson    


A very black comedy from one of America's smartest young playwrights about four-year-old Lucy and her imaginary friend, a criminal gangster named Mr. Marmalade. Not suitable for children. "…exhilarating…alternately hilarious and heartbreaking…through the alchemy of Haidle's scintillating style." —The New Yorker. "Haidle's fertile imagination has produced a world in which…reality and fantasy collide and intertwine…[A] roller-coaster saga…MR. MARMALADE marks its author…as a name to watch in the future…Haidle has the courage of his convictions, which he has demonstrated in a mature and accomplished play…extraordinary…" —L. A. Times  

Mr. Marmalade is intended for adult audiences

“Mr. Marmalade” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.



By Ntozake Shange

April 11-14, 2019                                          

The Theatre

Directed by Tanisha L Pyron


Ntozake Shange’s first work tells the stories of 7 women of color with an innovative combination of poetry, drama, music, and dance.  A show about shared identity, resilience & beauty.


“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.



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2080 Doudna Fine Arts Cntr.
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3121

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(217) 581-3110

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