The Actors' Studio Series was made possible through the Parkland College I.D.E.A.S. Grant.

Dear Brutus

Directed by B.J. Gailey

A group of aristocrats are invited to a country house on Midsummer’s Eve. Their mysterious host bewitches them with tales of a magical wood that appears to surround the house once a year, a wood in which wishes are granted for those brave enough to journey within. Some wishes, however, are best left unfulfilled. Written by JM Barrie of Peter Pan fame, Dear Brutus is part ghost story and part adult Neverland, exploring longing and regret with equal parts comedy and tragedy.

7:30 pm Performances

October 25, 26

3 pm Performance

October 26

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

A Christmas Carol

Directed by Michael O'Brien

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a perennial family favorite and holiday tradition.  This winter, Parkland College will transport audiences back to the Golden Age of radio with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind performance.  Dickens’ holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast complete with vintage commercials, the magic of live sound effects, and live music. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s thrilling journey teaches him the true meaning of Christmas.  A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying “Bah Humbug!”

7:30 pm Performances

December 13, 14

3 pm Performances

December 14, 15

All Tickets for this special fundraising event are $25 and can be pre-purchased by calling 217/351-2528.


Directed by June Clark Eubanks

Written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928, this visceral, groundbreaking script was inspired by the startling events of the trial, conviction, and state execution of Ruth Snyder the year before. A ‘normal’ housewife with no apparent motive, she was convicted of murdering her husband while he slept. As the trial became sensationalized and the public rushed to demonize Ruth, then-journalist, Ms. Treadwell, wondered what circumstances might have led her to this desperate act. The universal themes of her story continue to reflect the diversity and challenges of our own community and encourages the viewer to engage in an inclusive experience that represents and speaks to each of us. Our production will provide an expressionistic look at the life of “Everywoman,” offering a feminist perspective of the notion of free will and what it has meant to be female in our capitalist and highly-mechanized society over the last 90 years.

7:30 pm Performances

February 28, 29

3 pm Performance

February 29

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. 




To request accessibility-related accomodations, please contact the Accessibility Services at 217/353-2338, or email Please submit all requests two weeks in advance of your participation or visit.