Our 2020-21 Season


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Join us for several nights of first rate educational theatre — all from the comfort of your home!

March 12-14 | Stage Door

By Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman

What was it like to share a New York boarding house filled with young, aspiring actresses in 1936? Hopefuls and has-beens, some talented and some not-so-much dream of brilliant, fulfilling careers in show business. Join us for this enduring, surprisingly contemporary, love-letter to live theatre in America. 

Streaming all day March 12, 13 and 14, 2021 via Showtix4u. This performance is closed captioned.

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March 26-28 | Songs for a New World

By Jason Robert Brown

The first musical created by acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown examines the difficult choices we all face in the moments when our lives suddenly change, and how we survive and overcome in the face of that momentous change. With a stunning score that combines elements of Broadway, gospel, jazz and R&B, "Songs for a New World" presents the stories of a diverse array of characters all in the midst of their own moment of decision - contending with an unexpected pregnancy, escaping an unhappy marriage, or even fleeing religious persecution. As our country and our world attempt to grapple with a deadly pandemic, a climate crisis, racial injustice, and political upheaval, this powerful and hopeful exploration of how it feels to stand on the precipice of a new world feels more resonant than ever. 

Streaming all day March 26, 27 and 28, 2021 via Showtix4u.

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May 7-9 | Simpler Times

This year’s dance concert includes new works by IWU Dance Faculty and guest choreography by former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dancer Terence Marling. Join us in your jammies, sit back and enjoy a wonderful evening of dance.

Streaming all day May 7, 8 and 9, 2021 via Showtix4u.

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Ticket prices for 2021:

General admission: $12 single ticket, $25 per family

IWU students, faculty and staff: $5 single ticket, $15 per family


Fall 2020 Season:

Oct. 2-4 | Wilderness

By Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger 
"'Wilderness' is at its eloquent best when it is simplest, when the characters and their parents discuss their lives, in unadorned language, with an honesty that is deeply affecting.” — NY Times.
“'Wilderness' is a compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst…poignant…compelling…There’s a lot of beauty here.” — Village Voice.


"Wilderness" is a pulsating documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st-century America. One question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world? 

Directed by Laura Hackman

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Nov. 20-22 | Chess

Book by Richard Nelson, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
"One of the best rock scores ever produced. This is an angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show." – TIME


The plot of "Chess" centers on an unconventional love triangle between two chess grandmasters competing in the 1984 World Chess Championship Match — one American, one Soviet — and the woman who serves as a chess second to the American, but who falls in love with the Soviet. The Cold War intrigue centered on the US versus USSR plot twists was a hit in London’s West End in 1986 and a miss on Broadway in 1988, but the musical score has long remained popular with fans around the world. Many different versions of the show have emerged over the years, featuring modified plots, different selections of music, and various casts. The original 1984 concept album was a worldwide hit, reaching the top 10 status in the United Kingdom, West Germany, and South Africa. It was even the number one album in Sweden for seven weeks, thanks in large part due to ABBA's contributions to the score. The biggest hit of all from the album was “One Night in Bangkok,” which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Other songs that gained significant popularity included "I Know Him So Well" (a #1 hit in the UK) and covered by Whitney Houston in the US, "Nobody's Side," "The Arbiter’s Song," and "Pity the Child."

Directed by Scott Susong

Presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


Dec. 4-6 | Mary Jane

By Amy Herzog

Mary Jane is a loving mother who finds herself with a sick child. As she navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. "Mary Jane" is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog’s remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.

Directed by Nancy Loitz

Presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.