Nicki Blowers
Technical Supervisor, Theatre
Office: K-1002
Phone: (815) 280-2200
Email: nblowers@jjc.edu

Rita Monroe
Fine Arts Department Secretary
Office: K-2011
Phone: (815) 280-2223
Fax: (815) 280-6739
Email: rmonroe@jjc.edu

Theatre Productions 

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View production synopsis, cast listings, and photo galleries for the productions below:

Upcoming 2014-2015 Productions

Performance times:
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (if noted), Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturdays (if noted) and Sundays at 2:00 pm

All Performances take place in the Fine Arts Theatre unless otherwise noted!

 

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The Normal Heart By Larry Kramer
Directed by Clay Kirkland
October 2-5, 2014

Debuting Off-Broadway in 1985, this groundbreaking play chronicles the early years of the AIDS crisis (1981-84).  In this largely autobiographical script, Larry Kramer shares the panic, denial, anger, and hopelessness of the earliest victims of the then-unnamed illness, revealing the devastating lack of response from the government and other cultural institutions.  Named by the Royal National theatre as one of the 100  greatest plays of the 20th century.  Winner of the 2011 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival of a play.  "A Powerful example of theatre at its most direct, passionate and urgent."  AM New York

Suggested audience: High school and up.

Please Note:  There will be a 2:00 pm performance benefitting local AIDS charities on Saturday. October 4, 2014.


Prince Hamlet
By Eberle Thomas
Directed by Tammy Perkins
November 13-16, 2014


This adaptation by Eberele Thomas pares Shakespeare's longest play down to the nine most essential characters to tell this story in less than 75 minutes.  This streamlined version makes the complex play more readily accessible to audiences who may be unfamiliar with Hamlet while maintaining all the elements that make the classic version so compelling:  murder, rage, grief, treachery, incest, madness and moral corruption.  Leaving behind the tights worn in Shakespeare's time, Prince Hamlet tales advantage of a more modern time period, which further reminds the audience that the tale of the Prince of Denmark is timeless.

Suggested audience: Junior High and up

Please Note: There is no Saturday at 2:00 pm performance.


The Who's Tommy

Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend, Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Directed by Nicki Blowers Music Direction by David Nuccio
March 5-8, 2015

After witnessing the accidental  murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors.  As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.  Featuring songs like Pinball Wizard and See Me, Feel Me, this 10-time Tony nominated, high-energy production is a one-of-a kind theatrical event that has a cross-generational appeal to make this a smash hit. 

Appropriate for teens and up.

Please Note:  There is a Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 pm performance.

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Sin By Wendy MacLeod Directed by Zach Bloomfield
April 16-19 and 22-25 in the Black Box Theatre (K-1001)

 
Set in San Francisco on the eve of the earthquake of 1989, Sin is a morality play featuring "Avery Bly on High," a helicopter traffic reporter who is trying to keep herself above life's messiness.  It takes her dying brother to make her see that pride is the deadliest of sins, and it takes an act of God to bring her down to earth.  "MacLeod's quick mind and sharp tongue...create scene after scene of biting humor and sharp insight..." The Chicago Tribune. 

Suggested audience:  High School and up.

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