Student Directs Problem Child in Lab Theatre

Problem Child Poster

Feb. 27, 2014             

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts will present Problem Child by George F. Walker, a piece directed by acting major Kate Fitzgerald, Class of 2014. The play contains mature language.

The production opens Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre located on the west side of Presser Hall, with evening performances running through Wednesday, March 5.

“This has been a great learning experience for me. I've been fortunate to have a great team of student designers and faculty advisors to guide me through this process,” Fitzgerald said, about her student-directing project. “Directing is a lot harder than it looks, but it has been a very rewarding experience.”  

Problem Child, written by Canadian screenwriter and playwright Walker, is a comedic tale of two unlikely parents caught in a custody battle. Denise and R.J., both former addicts and generally unsavory characters, impatiently await a counselor’s decision about whether or not they are fit to raise their baby daughter while staying in a shabby motel room.

“Dark comedies are such a trick. I think they are more true to life than any other form of theatre,” said Fitzgerald.

Tickets for Problem Child are available for purchase at the McPherson Theatre Box Office.  General admission and senior tickets are $3 and student tickets are $2 with a valid school ID.  

The play contains mature language. For additional information or to reserve tickets, contact the McPherson Theatre Box Office at (309) 556-3232 or visit the website at

Cast Members: Caitlin McManus, ’17  (Denise), Nick Castellanos, ‘15 (R.J.), Maggie Patchett, ‘16 (Helen), Forrest Loeffler, ‘16 (Phillie)

Production Team: Kate Fitzgerald, ‘14 (Director/Sound Designer), Audra Kuchling, ‘14 (Stage Manager), Alexa Eldridge, ‘16 (Assistant Stage Manager), Jenn Oswald, ‘15 (Costume Designer), Nick Carlson, ‘15 (Lighting Designer), Paige Kinnamon, ‘15 (Set Designer)

Contact: Hannah Dhue, ’15, (309) 556-3181,