TheatreWorks Season & Tickets

TheatreWorks presents R.U.R. - Rossum's Universal Robots


April 4 - 6, 7:30 p.m. and April 7, 2 p.m.
Karel Čapek

Directed by Aasne Daniels

Written over a hundred years ago by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, RUR centers around a company (Rossum's Universal Robots) that makes robots for domestic and military purposes. Complications arise when a young activist visits the factory, demanding that the robots be given civil rights. At the same time, the robots themselves seem to be gaining self-awareness and a sense that their situation is indeed unfair. A work of speculative fiction from the last century, RUR still resonates with unsettling parallels for audiences today.  


  • Illinois College Students :: FREE
  • Illinois College Faculty, Staff & All other students :: $5
  • General Admission :: $10



Past Performances
 Eurydice DD

EURYDICE  by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Aasne Daniels | October 28 - 29 and November 3 - 5, 7:30 p.m. & November 6, 2 p.m.

Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary take on the myth of Orpheus focuses on the hero’s beloved Eurydice, who, after dying on her wedding day, finds herself in a strange new land. Reunited with her father in the Underworld, Eurydice must find the balance between remembering her life before and “living” with her new circumstances. The New York Times hailed Eurydice as “Rhapsodically beautiful. A weird and wonderful new play - an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory."

You On the Moors - Illinois College Theatreworks

You on the Moors Now  by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Aasne Daniels | April 22, 28-30, 7:30 p.m. & May 1, 2 p.m.

What if Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre, Cathy Earnshaw, and Jo March defied space, time and social conventions and met all together after rejecting the marriage proposals of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester, Heathcliff and Laurie Laurence? Find out what happens in Jaclyn Backhaus' cheeky "Battle of the Sexes" send-up of four literary classics: Pride & PrejudiceJane EyreWuthering Heights and Little Women!

Winter Break - Illinois College Theatreworks

Winter Break by Joe Calarco, directed by Nancy Taylor Porter | November 11- 13, 7:30 p.m. & November 14, 2 p.m.

Following the lives of 19 teenagers on the last day before winter break, this play shows how they navigate new and old friendships, breaking up, being alone and belonging, losing a family member, unearthing ghosts of the past, and discovering their own path. With both warmth and humor, Winter Break opens our eyes to new possibilities and helps us find comfort in our shared experiences.

Mountaintop graphic

The Mountaintop | by Katori Hall

Directed by Jordan Hall '21 | Featuring Squire Prince '18 and Alannah Oliver-Foster '23
March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. | Performances streamed in Sibert Theatre

The Mountaintop tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his last day on earth: April 3, 1968 in the Lorraine Motel. In this riveting story, Katori Hall humanizes the civil rights leader and historic icon as King connects with Camae through moments of joy, laughter, sadness, and grief. The play enables us to reconnect with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a flawed man who heeded the call of his Maker.