2021-2022 THEATRE SEASON

MAINSTAGE I

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Miss Holmes
October 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th, 2021
Directed by James Bell
Audtions are August 17th - 19th
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Set in the late 1800's, Miss Holmes by Chicago writer/actor Christopher Walsh, has everything fans love of a Sherlock Holmes story: the mystery, the snark, the high and low class pictures of London, the chases, and corruption.  The only difference is that in this version, Sherlock and Watson are female characters.  Miss Holmes is a play that looks at how women can be overlooked, and then how they can subvert that underestimation.  The game is certainly afoot! 
Friday, October 1st @ 7:00pm 
Saturday, October 2nd @7:00pm 
Friday, October 8th @ 7:00pm 
Saturday, October 9th @7:00pm 

 

MAINSTAGE II

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Antigone

November 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2021

In a New Translation by Nicholas Rudall

by SOPHOCLES

Directed by Michelle Bayer
One of the greatest and moving tragedies of all time, Antigone continues to have relevance today because of its depiction of the struggle between individual conscience and state policy. The play probes the nature of human suffering. University of Chicago professor and the Founding Director of Court Theatre, Nicholas Rudall's  translation brings a new power and speakability to Sophocles' prose. 

Audtions are October 4th - 6th

Friday, November 12th @ 7:00pm 

Saturday, November 13th @ 7:00pm

Friday, November 19th @ 7:00pm 

Saturday, November 20th @ 7:00pm

SPRING MUSICAL

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Sister Act

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner

Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane

Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.

Directed by Michelle Bayer

March 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th, 2021

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

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MAINSTAGE III

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The Tempest

March 18th - 19th, 2022

Directed By Linda Burns
The Tempest takes place on an island controlled by Prospero, a powerful magician who creates a tempest that sets the events of the play in motion. As the play unfolds, characters plot revenge, attempt murder, and fall in love, all at the mercy of Prospero’s magic.  OPRF’s production explores Shakespeare’s play about magic, betrayal, love, and forgiveness while focusing on the magic of theater and the power of storytelling.

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MAINSTAGE IV

Baby Wants Candy

May 5th - 8th, 2022

Directed By Avi Lessing

BABY WANTS CANDY is an entirely improvised musical based on one single audience suggestions.  The troupe was originally created in Chicago’s Improv Olympic theater in the late 90s, it will now be coming to Oak Park for the first time!  Each performance is a completely original piece of musical theater comedy that opens and closes on the same night!  Accompanied by musicians, enjoy what will for sure be a rollicking evening of choreographed dances, lyrical leaps, and plot twists galore!

STUDENT DIRECTED SERIES I

My Heart's a Suitcase

September 22 - 24 2021

By Clare McIntyre 

Directed By Madeline Block

Audtions are August 18th -19th

Chris and Hannah are spending a weekend trying to forget about everyday life at Collin’s (Chris’s ex) neglected second home in Brighton. While there, they meet Tunis, Collin’s kind but vain wife who moved to England from America, and Elliott, a mid aged man with a drinking problem. The pair also encounter a couple less “real” figures, one trying to help them find happiness in what they have, and the other holding Chris back. As the weekend goes on, the women learn more about themselves and each other.

 

 

 

STUDENT DIRECTED SERIES II

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Stop Kiss

November 3rd - 5th, 2021

Written by Diana Son

Directed By Sydney Germany

Audtions are Septmeber 27th - 29th
After moving to New York, Sara falls in love with Callie and the two women start an exciting relationship. However, things take a turn when the couple’s first kiss is met with a hateful attack. Sara ends up in a coma, and Callie helps nurse her back to help alongside other friends and family. The story follows Callie and Sara as their lives are forever changed, highlighting the raw emotions that come with love and relationships. 
 

STUDENT DIRECTED III

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ART

Feburary 16-18, 2022

Written by Yasmina Reza

Directed By Indigo Gordon

Serge, Marc, and Yvan are about to have their lives changed by the significance of one piece of artwork. After remaining faithful buddies for the past several years, this singular painting might be the final determining factor in their futures with one another. Will everyone come out physically, or emotionally, unscathed?

 

 

STUDENT DIRECTED IV

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Boy Gets Girl

By Rebecca Gilman

April 20th -22nd, 2022

Directed By Terria O'Neal

A journalist named Theresa goes on a blind date with a young man named Tony. But, Theresa's life is quickly destroyed by a disturbed admirer. What happens when a blind date turns into a living nightmare? Theresa must fight to save herself from being erased by Tony's actions. What will result from this romantic pursuit?