Oil Lamp Theater Announces Their 2021 Season Under The Stars

May 27, 2021
Tally's Folly at Oil Lamp Theater

Executive Director, Jay Pastucha and Associate Artistic Director, Stephen Smith of Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview announced their 2021 Season Under the Stars. Audiences will safely experience live theater once again with two fully produced shows taking place in a new outdoor venue located on the lawn at St. David's Episcopal Church at 2410 Glenview Road in Glenview, Illinois. A charming tree-line sets the perfect backdrop for the stage while patrons relax comfortably in provided adirondack chairs in socially distanced groups of 2, 4, or 6.

The season starts with Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, running June 17 through July 18. Tad Ingram will direct this production. The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Towards the end of World War II and after a year of writing love letters, Matt Friedman, a bookish, totally honest, and delightfully funny accountant and Jewish immigrant, returns to Lebanon, Missouri, to ask Sally to marry him. Sally, a 31-year-old nurse, is nothing like her conservative Protestant family and neighbors who would never approve of their marriage and is reluctant to put her trust in a future with Matt. After years of giving up on love, the two begin to imagine the possibilities of having a life together.

The second show will be Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) by Donald Margulies, running July 29 through August 30. Corey Bradberry will direct this production. Based on the true story of the Swiss explorer who claimed to have daring adventures in the Asian-Pacific, SHIPWRECKED! will take you to "a new uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure" (Montgomery News). Watch Louis de Rougemont take London at the turn of the nineteenth century by storm as he tells audacious tales of the high seas. Filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus, SHIPWRECKED! will leave you wondering "whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man" (The New York Times). This "quirky and wondrous" (Montgomery News) play examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.

Tickets are $45.00 and available at our website oillamptheater.org or over the phone at 847-834-0738