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Heartland Theatre Company

From: Gail Dobbins, Marketing
Date: April 12, 2016

Location: 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza, Community Activity Center, Normal, Illinois
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1833, Bloomington, IL 61702
Box Office: (309) 452-8709
Press Release Contact: Gail Dobbins 309 256 7531
Website: www.heartlandtheatre.org (Map/Directions)

Heartland Theatre Company is announcing its new season beginning June 2016 running through April 2017. Every season kicks off with the popular Annual 10-Minute Play Festival opening June 2, running through June 25.

THE ART GALLERY: 2016 10-Minute Play Festival
Directed by Rhys Lovell, Ron Emmons, Cristen Monson, Rob Goode & Connie Chojnacki Blick
In any given ART GALLERY, you may run into old masters, new masters, pop art, papier-mâché, maybe even something unexpected, something that completely changes the way you see the world. Artists, critics and patrons may not agree on what’s worth bidding on, oohing and ahhing over, winning a prize, or even calling art in the first place, but that’s where the fun starts. And who knows? You may find you’re part of the installation in Heartland Theatre’s ART GALLERY 10-Minute Play Festival.
June 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm – 2016
Sunday, June 12 and Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 pm

FIGHTING WORDS by Sunil Kuruvilla
Directed by Kevin Rich
In September, 1980, three women in the tiny Welsh village of Merthyr Tydfil wait, worry and watch, pinning their hopes and dreams on a bantamweight boxer named Johnny Owen, who has traveled all the way from Wales to Los Angeles to fight for a world championship. Every man in town who could scrape up the money is in California with their favorite son, but sisters Peg and Nia and their landlady Mrs. Davies are left behind. To pass the time before the bout is on television, they bake, they talk – and they fight – about their futures and fears and how they live their lives in this sorrowful mining town.
September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm – 2016
Sunday, September 18 and Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 pm

THE HOMECOMING by Harold Pinter
Directed by Sandra Zielinski
Like many of Harold Pinter’s plays, The Homecoming begins with a seemingly innocuous event. Teddy, a philosophy professor who’s been living in America, brings his wife Ruth to his father’s home in North London to introduce her to his family. Teddy may work in an ivory tower, but the home he is returning to is somewhere harsher and darker. His dad was a butcher, his uncle is a chauffeur, one brother is in demolition, and the other is a vicious pimp. Given all of that, it should come as no surprise when menace, bitterness and violence bubble under the surface of this venomous family reunion. Winner of the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play.
November 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm – 2016
Sunday, November 13 and Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 pm

SONS OF THE PROPHET by Stephen Karam
Directed by John Ficca
Family legend says that brothers Joseph and Charles Douaihy are distantly related to Kahlil Gibran, author of
The Prophet. Through a series of odd misfortunes and accidents, the family has suffered recently – their father
died, Uncle Bill is getting trickier to handle, and Joseph is feeling mysterious pains he can’t explain. But if Joseph
is willing to trade on the Prophet connection, he might just be able to sell a book, get health insurance, and keep
the Douiahy family alive. At New York’s Roundabout Theatre, Sons of the Prophet was called “the funniest play
about human suffering you’re likely to see.”
February 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm – 2017
Sunday, February 19 and Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm

PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Don LaCasse
Dr. Rosalind Franklin was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, one whose expertise with X-rays put
her ahead of the pack when it came to solving the mysteries of human DNA. But Dr. Franklin was a woman. A
chilly, fiercely independent woman who did not suffer fools gladly. And her colleagues and rivals did not
appreciate much about her. When it came time to hand out Nobel Prizes for the discovery of the double helix, Dr.
Franklin’s name was nowhere to be found. Photograph 51 is a funny and moving portrait of the life and career of
Rosalind Franklin, a woman way ahead of her time.
April 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm – 2017
Sunday, April 16 and Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm
Flex Passes are available for purchase May 1, good for the season offerings
($60 Seniors, $75 General)
Regular Ticket Prices: General Admission – $15, Senior Discount – $12, Student Discount – $5

Instructor Sandra Zielinski, Assisted by Terri Whisenhunt, Program Director Ann B. White
Heartland’s senior acting program struts its stuff on stage at Heartland in two showcases this summer.
Enjoy talented seniors performing scenes and original short plays for just a donation at the door.
Friday, June 17 at 1 PM
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland
Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings. A nationally
known playwright will be our guest, conducting a workshop with the winning playwrights, delivering a
free forum to the community, and attending the opening of the festival. Made possible by the Town of
Normal Harmon Arts Grant and sponsored by Paul and Sandra Harmon.
Thursday, July 14: Open Forum on Playwriting at 7:30 pm
July 15, 16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm – 2016
More information at www.heartlandtheatre.org or call Gail Dobbins at 309 256 7531 cell

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