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Our 2017-2018 Season

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1 Stellar Season = more plays + more musicals

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7 Shows including It's Wonderful Life Radio Show - Choose your dates now:

7 Shows including Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol - Choose your dates now:

7 Shows - Choose your shows and dates later:

We're excited to present this line up of prize winners, classics and near-classics, comedies, "dramedies" and musicals for our 17th season. This year, we've added two additional productions in order to bring you the best entertainment options in the Fox Valley.

Our theme this year is the journeys we take together or alone. We'll meet characters who long to find family, whether with our parents or siblings or others we keep close in our lives. Meet characters who must work through their pasts to move forward. And those who must deal with the loss of what they leave behind.

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100 Years of Broadway - Sentimental Journey through a Century of American Musicals

Conceived and Directed by Doug Orlyk

September 8 - 24

This original musical evening takes us on a journey through the major milestones of Broadway hits - and near misses – that make up the American show-tune century. From the era of Ziegfeld to the era of big blockbuster musicals, this show will have your toes tapping and your heart singing.

Making God Laugh

By Sean Grennan

Directed by Madeline Franklin

October 13 - November 5

Holidays make or break every family. Follow Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans..." --W. Allen

Twice the Nice for the Holidays

November 24 – December 30

This year, in alternating performances, we're presenting innovative takes on two classics. Season ticket holders, choose one for your subscription. Or, add the second and get twice the fun.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play

By Joe Landry

Directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller

10 performances November 24-26; December 8-10, 22-24, 30

The American holiday classic comes to you as a live, 1940s radio broadcast! An ensemble cast will portray dozens of characters as they take us back to Bedford Falls with Clarence, who must save George Bailey to get his wings. Expect the heart-warming cheer of the movie, with a few radio ads from the era.

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!" – Zuzu Bailey

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

By Tom Mula

Directed by Susan Barry

8 performances December 1-3, 15-17, 29

Jacob Marley was dead. But what happened after that?  In this retelling, Marley gets one more chance to make the journey back to earth to redeem the old skinflint, Scrooge, and find his own heart in the process.

"I wear the chains I forged in life." – J. Marley

Dry Powder

by Sarah Burgess

Directed by Sean Hargadon

January 12 – February 4

A Midwest premiere, this laceratingly view into the world of private equity traders dissects the anatomy of a deal that will upend people's lives. With biting wit and shrewd insight, this play pulls back the veil on the world of high finance and what it takes to arrive at the bottom line. This play debuted in New York City in 2016 to rave reviews and acclaim for the playwright, Sarah Burgess.

"Dark, funny, sleek and well-told…" —WNYC

Three the Hard Way

By Lisa Eisenstein

Directed by Ann Keen

February 23 – March 18

How far must sisters go to finally come together around memories, grievance and the sudden death of their gambler father? About as far as a Reno, Nevada motel room it seems. Three strong sisters take steps to reconnect, grieve and reframe their past - and future - in this surprising comedy with a full-on heart tug all the way through. Winner of the Gilmore Creek Play Competition, SBT presents another Midwest premiere this season.

I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro

Music by Jimmy Roberts

Directed by Bernie Weiler

April 6 – April 29

This witty musical revue tackles the journey of modern love in all its forms - from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. This highly popular musical has been produced to wide acclaim where no matter where your love life has led you, you can enjoy this insightful and hilarious musical.

"This is my love life!" - Everyone

4,000 Miles

By Amy Herzog

Directed by Larry Boller

May 18 – June 10

This Pulitzer-prize finalist for 2016 presents a funny, moving look at two outsiders who must find their way towards each other in a complicated world. A young man suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip. Where to go? What to do? Like a Google map, he makes his way to the apartment of his feisty 91-yaer old grandmother. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates cross a terrain that bewilders and infuriates as they try to reach each other. A Fox Valley premier of this distinguished play.

"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama.” - The New York Times