IP PRESENTS FERENC MOLNAR’S CLASSIC “THE GUARDSMAN”

“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 …

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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 …

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Blithe Spirit

This ever-popular farce concerns the predicament of a man who must face his imperious and jealous wives when they return from the afterlife to haunt him. “It is the last word in witty repartee of the most civilized kind—the sort of thing Noel Coward was known for, and nobody did better.” To anyone familiar with …

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Eleemosynary – Continuing the 39th Season with a “Blessing!”

In its continual attempt to produce an ever widening selection of traditional and contemporary theatre, Independent Players continues its 39th Season with the poignant play Eleemosynary, by Lee Blessing, Fridays and Saturdays, March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2017 at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, Elgin. Curtain time is 8 PM. The title, Eleemosynary which …

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INDEPENDENT PLAYERS PRESENTS A CHRISTOPHER DURANG DOUBLE BILL

Throughout its 38 years of producing plays and musicals, INDEPENDENT PLAYERS has featured the works of many well-known late 20th Century playwrights.  One such playwright, who was often considered but never produced to date, is Christopher Durang.  Somehow, “one of the most explosively funny American dramatists” slipped through the cracks, but that is about to …

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INDEPENDENT PLAYERS presents Megan Terry’s ‘CALM DOWN MOTHER’ at the Elgin Fringe Festival

At last year’s Elgin Fringe Festival, INDEPENDENT PLAYERS presented Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, which was written in 1950 and was the first “absurdist” play. Once again at this year’s EFF, IP is stepping back into the past—1964—when it presents Calm Down Mother by Megan Terry whom leading drama scholar Helene Keyssar has referred to …

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