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Independent Players to Reprise Present Laughter in Crystal Lake

For the third time in three years, Independent Players is transporting one of its current season’s shows north to Crystal Lake in July-early August where it is co-sponsored by Right Center Left Production Company Theater’s Dinner Theater Extravaganza “Eat, Play, Give! 2019”.  Having previously exported Blithe Spirit and Tartuffe in the past two seasons, it has selected Noel Coward’s Present Laughter as its contribution for 2019.  As it stands, the production is basically the same as that which was produced at the [...]

THE BIG MEAL:  60 Years in the Life of an American Family in 90 minutes!

Purchase Tickets Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant, on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet---and sparks fly.  So begins a tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to last goodbye. The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family!  This statement succinctly captures the essence of the Independent Players’ third production of 2018-2019 in a “nutshell.” Opening on May 4, the production is directed by Larry Boller and stars [...]

Noel Coward Returns to the Independent Players Stage

Matinee stars, affairs both amorous and numerous---what is a man to do? Find out when Independent Players presents Noel Coward’s delightful comedy Present Laughter at the Elgin Art Showcase, Fridays and Saturdays, March 1-16. Curtain time is 7:30 PM. Based on a song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in which the Bard says “present mirth hath present laughter,” the title suggests that one should “live for the day,” which is exactly what the characters in Coward’s play do.  At the center of [...]


David Belasco, legendary American theatrical director and producer, introduced the plays of Ferenc Molnar to America by presenting them at his equally legendary theatre in New York City.  In The Forward of the edition of Molnar’s collected works published in 1929, he expresses his overwhelming love and respect for Molnar’s plays.  The following is a complete transcript of that document. –>Purchase Tickets<– AN APPRECIATION “Receive them, then---the tribute that I owe!” ---SHAKESPEARE. Molnar! Author, stage-director, dramatist, poet: Ferenc Molnar.  Today, whether at home in his own [...]


“I think The Guardsman is a very funny play about a very bad marriage.”---Gregory Mosher -->Purchase Tickets<-- INDEPENDENT PLAYERS 2018-2019 Season opens with a production of the very popular play entitled “The Guardsman” by the Hungarian-born Ferenc Molnar, who is widely regarded as Hungary’s most celebrated and controversial playwright.  Some audience members might recognize Molnar if they saw his equally well-known “The Play’s the Thing” which IP produced in its 2003-2004 Season. “The Guardsman” has long been on the “must do” [...]

IP at Fringe Fest Weekend

INDEPENDENT PLAYERS will participate in the Elgin Fringe Festival for the fourth year this September where it will present a relatively famous one-act play from the 1960s---Tad Mosel’s IMPROMPTU. This play, conceived in the Pirandello mode, “brings a fresh approach to a timeless theme---what should be the proper ratio of truth vs. illusion in the balanced life?” For those unfamiliar with Pirandello, he was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. He [...]


Continuing its 40th Anniversary Season of timeless classics---Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Interview (at the Elgin Fringe Festival), Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and Moliere’s Tartuffe--- INDEPENDENT PLAYERS presents one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.  This American theatre masterpiece will be performed May 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Elgin Art Showcase, (on the 8th floor of the Professional Building), 164 Division Street, Elgin. This production is being directed by [...]

Moliere Returns to the Elgin Stage during IP’s 40th Season!

INDEPENDENT PLAYERS continues its 40th Season with Moliere’s masterpiece Tartuffe which it first presented in 1991; it opens February 23 and runs February 24, March 2-3 & 9-10.  Directed by Artistic Director Don Haefliger, it stars Gabor Mark, Dana Udelhoven, Lori Rohr, Steve Connell, Sylvia Grady, David Hudson, Kelsey Richmond, Blase Horn, Brian McLeod, Jonathan Horn and James Gabl.   Performances are at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin.  Curtain time is 7:30 PM. Tickets are available online [...]

Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN opens IP’s 40th Anniversary Season!

With the 2017-2018 Season, INDEPENDENT PLAYERS celebrates 40 years of producing theatre in Elgin and to celebrate this landmark, it is at work putting together what it hopes will be one of its most memorable seasons ever. Because IP has led the way producing countless classic plays (in addition to numerous contemporary plays and musicals it has also produced) over four decades, it opens this celebratory season with the quintessential American masterpiece Our Town by the incomparable Thornton Wilder. [...]

1960s Avant Garde American Style

Independent Players is delighted to be returning to the Elgin Fringe Festival for the third straight year, and this year, it introduces playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie and his short play--Interview –to the EFF audience for its enjoyment. Directed by IP Artistic Director Don Haefliger, it stars Matt Fox, Beth Hitzeroth-McDonald, Blase Horn, Jonathan Horn, Brian McLeod, Lori Rohr, Rebecca Stellato and Dana Udelhoven, all of whom are IP veterans. It will be performed on Friday, September 15 at 6 [...]