2017 Season

Nunsense A-Men!
A Musical Comedy
Chicagoland Premiere

By Dan Goggin

Directed by Jeff Casey
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon

Lead Show Sponsor:
Vanis Salon & Day Spa

February 24-26, March 3-5, 9-12

Nunsense A-Men begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon.

Nunsense A-Men! is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference
A Drama
Chicagoland Premiere

By Marcy Lafferty

Directed by Jeff Casey

May 5-7, 11-13, 19-21

Vivien Leigh, The Last Press Conference is the story of a woman, blessed with all the Gods could bestow, at war with the devil: a monster called manic depression. Brave and beautiful, a stage actress who owned the title role in the most popular motion picture ever made. An English rose who garnered two Academy Awards for her portrayal of Southern heroines.

Vivien Leigh was Tinkerbell and Lady Macbeth. A modern legend who is remembered with love and admiration. When she succumbed to tuberculosis at age fifty-four, she had been preparing for Edward Albee’s play "A Delicate Balance"…the title of which seems her most fitting epitaph.

Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

A Musical
Midwest Premiere

Music by Amy Baer & Keith Robinson
Lyrics by Mark-Eugene Garcia & Alfred Solis
Book by Mark-Eugene Garcia
Concept by Alfred Solis

Directed by Jeff Casey
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon

Lead Show Sponsor:
Purdue University Northwest

July 8-9, 13-16, 20-23

Five strangers meet in what seems to be an empty airport terminal in a standby line. They are directed that they must decide among themselves who deserves to get on the next flight. They soon realize that this is no ordinary airport and their meeting is by no means a coincidence. With a driving pop-rock score, this musical reminds us how interconnected we are with so many others.

Standby is presented through special arrangement with the authors.

A Comedic Thriller
Midwest Premiere

By David Tristram

Directed by Mark Baer

September 8-10, 15-17, 21-24

A mesmerizing thriller with plenty of twists and a liberal dash of comedy ... The Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, randomly chooses Alan Briggs as his next stooge.  Briggs, a mild-mannered policeman, is a good sport, the audience laughs, and everyone goes home.  For Gordo, it's just the end of another show, and time for a drink or three before bed, but someone out there has other ideas. Extraordinary ideas.  The mind games begin, the stakes are raised, and we sense there can only be one winner-But who?  Will it be the Great Gordo, Alan Briggs or his wife, Helen Briggs?

Hypnosis is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Towle Theater does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, language or age-appropriateness that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 219-937-8780.