Jedlicka announces 2018-19 season

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The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Morton College, is proud to announce the 2018-19 season. Historically known for large cast musicals, British farces and classically-styled dramas, these four productions represent a shift in the style of theatre presented in this 300-seat proscenium theatre.

“I am excited to be broadening the scope of plays presented at this long-running theatre,” says Brian James Polak, The Jedlicka’s newly-hired Artistic Director. “Not only are we showing our audiences works that are likely new to them, but also we are engaging with some exciting directors and designers from the Chicagoland area. I sincerely can’t wait to see these productions come alive on our stage.”

This coming season at The Jedlicka opens with the modern-day classical musical, “The Last Five Years,” written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and co-directed by Rachel Elise Johnson and Isaac Loomer of Underscore Theatre.

In the fall, Caridad Svich’s “Red Bike” (currently on a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere) will see its Chicago debut in a student production directed by The Jedlicka’s Samantha Nieves.

In the winter, “The Amish Project,” by Jessica Dickey returns to Chicago in a production directed by Leda Hoffmann.
The season concludes with a spring production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” directed by Lexi Saunders.

The Last Five Years
August 24 to September 8

A beautifully intimate, vivid picture of the five-year relationship between a young, ambitious author and a struggling actress. Cleverly, the show unfolds in reverse chronological order: we see her experiences from the painful ending of the relationship, while we see his from the passionate beginning. This endearingly funny, poignant and insightfully honest two-person musical has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding emotional score.
Show dates: 7:30 p.m. August 24, 25, 31; September 1, 7 & 8. 3 p.m. August 26 & September 2.

Red Bike
October 25 to 28

What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were 11 years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now. A play for one performer (or three). Nominated for a Blackburn Prize…”Svich’s ‘Red Bike’ is a luminous piece that tackles our common dreams and dangers with magic, poetry and a sense of both possibility and loneliness. A beautiful work!” – Cristina Garcia, novelist, Dreaming in Cuban.
Show dates: 7:30 p.m. October 25, 26, 27; 3 p.m. October 28.

The Amish Project
February 15 to March 2

Performed by a solo actress, “The Amish Project” is a fictional exploration of the 2006 Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.
Show dates: 7:30 p.m. February 15, 16, 22, 23; March 1 & 2. 3 p.m. February 17 & 24.

April 19 to May 4

In “Eurydice,” Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
Show dates: April 19, 20, 26, 27; May 6 & 7. 3 p.m. April 21 & 28.

Located on the campus of Morton College, the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center has been producing theatre for more than 40 years. The Jedlicka presents a four-show season of plays and musicals in a beautiful 300-seat proscenium theatre. Through professional and student productions, The Jedlicka provides an enlightening and professional atmosphere for the surrounding community. With the support of Morton College and the Board of Trustees, The Jedlicka has been able to grow and nurture local students and community members in the arts for decades. For more information, visit or call (708) 656-1800.