2018-2019 Season


by Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall

directed by Brian Fruits

October 5, 6, 12, 13, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

October 7 & 14, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

King Creon is challenged by Antigone in one of the greatest, most moving of all tragedies, Antigone, written by Sophocles at the height of his powers. Meticulously structured, with a central character who is richly complex, the play continues to have meaning for us because of its several themes: the conflict of ideas and character; the struggle between individual conscience and the authority of the state; the opposition of male and female natures; and the nature of human suffering.

Antigone (Rudall, trans.) is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


by Larry Shue

directed by Katie Rub '19

November 9, 10, 16, 17, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

November 11 & 18, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

If a person saves your life, an offer to do absolutely anything for them in return seems reasonable. But, what if “anything” soon makes you regret that promise? Willum’s birthday party gets a jolt of hilarious excitement when Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-soldier who saved Willum's life, stops by for a visit. When he realizes that Rick is socially inept and will overstay his welcome with a vengeance, Willum must put together an outrageous plan to rid himself of this wacky GI who came to dinner. A rollicking farce from the author of the award-winning comedy The Foreigner.


A workshop production in association with Chicago Dramatists

written by Aline Lathrop

directed by Artistic Director Stephanie Stroud

February 15, 16, 22, 23, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

February 17 & 24, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

In this new play, early on a Monday morning in the cafeteria of an elite private school, seven places are set for six women to fold 1,000 origami butterflies, and to plan how they will meet their $250,000 goal for an organic kitchen garden and butterfly conservatory. Driven by fierce maternal love, the competition is as cut-throat as in the board rooms most of them have left behind. The absence of their seventh member, and her tale of despair, hangs heavily in this story of love, loss, and the dark side of the culture of achievement.


book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

directed by Jason Narvy, chair

April 5, 6, 12, 13, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

April 7 and 14, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

This savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality in Victorian London follows Macheath, a prominent figure in the city's criminal underbelly. When Macheath becomes engaged to a Miss Polly Peachum--whose father tightly controls all of the city's beggars--Macheath and Peachum engage in a struggle for power over London's lowest classes.

  • $15  General Admission

  • $10  CUC Alumni/Students/Seniors

  • $5    CUC Students/Faculty/Staff with valid ID 

Group rates available

All productions are performed at Madison Street Theatre 

1010 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302


September 13-15, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

New play festival of works written, cast, rehearsed & performed in one crazy weekend

Bergmann Theatre

Admission is free

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