Adult Productions

We welcome the experienced actor as well as the first timer! Playhouse 38 produces both musical and non-musical adult productions throughout the year.

2019-2020 Season

Adult ProductionsAudition DatesPerformance Dates
Crimes of the Heart

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath
sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their
grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.

Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted
by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer
who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love
with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters
escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and
touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long
after the curtain has descended.

This “tragic comedy” won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was
nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
August 11
5:00 - 7:00pm

August 12
7:00 - 9:00pm
October 4 at 7:30 pm
October 5 at 7:30 pm
October 6 at 3:00 pm

October 10 at 7:30 pm
October 11 at 7:30 pm
October 12 at 7:30 pm
He & She

He & She is a warm and humorous exploration of the interaction
between the sexes portrayed through several one-acts.

A pair of squabbling playwrights seem to blur the line between
themselves and their characters. A couple meeting after a long
absence dissect what went wrong those years ago. Two five-year-olds
confront modern gender roles. Longtime best friends ask the most
fundamental question of all. What is love anyway?

Enjoy the world premiere debut of He & She, written by award-winning
playwright Pat Motto.
December 1
5:00 - 7:00 pm

December 2
7:00 - 9:00 pm
February 21 at 7:00 pm
February 22 at 7:00 pm
February 23 at 3:00 pm

February 28 at 7:00 pm
February 29 at 7:00 pm
March 1 at 3:00 pm

March 5 at 7:00 pm
March 6 at 7:00 pm
March 7 at 7:00 pm
God of Carnage

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings
together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve
the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the
meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and
the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just
their liberal principles in tatters.

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award.
TBAApril 24-26


Auditions are held at Playhouse 38 approximately 2-3 months prior to show dates. Participants are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and be prepared to read from the script.

For musicals, participants are asked to prepare a musical theater song, up to 32 bars, to be performed a capella, and a monologue or cut from a story or poem of no more than one minute in length. Additionally, participants will be taught a song, a short dance combination, and may be asked to read from the script. Once cast, participants pay a registration fee and receive a rehearsal schedule.

Call 630-232-4542 to schedule your audition time.


Rehearsals vary with each show, but will generally be held Sunday through Thursday evenings for up to 3 hours. Once cast, a detailed rehearsal schedule is provided along with the script. The week before the show is tech week, where all of the costumes, lighting, sound, and stage moves are rehearsed, and attendance is mandatory for everyone cast.


Shows are typically performed on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night, and Sunday afternoon. Some shows are performed over two weekends.

Tickets for adult productions are $15 in advanced /$20 at the door.  They can be purchased online at; in-person at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center; or by calling 630-232-4542. Any remaining seats the day of the show will be sold at the Playhouse 38 box office. Concessions, including bottled water, bottled soda,  juice, and candy, are sold on-site at the box office prior to the show and at show intermission.
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Other Volunteering Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteer help with props, set painting and construction, stage crew, and tech. Photography volunteers are also needed for dress rehearsals. Please contact Elliott Bortner at for more information.

Past Adult Productions

Past Adult ProductionsSeasonMedia
Holiday Variety Show: "Riverton’s Traditional Community Christmas Sing-YULE NEVER FORGET"Holiday 2018

Social SecurityFall 2018
Mom's GiftSpring 2018
Barefoot in the ParkSpring 2018
It's a Wonderful Life (A Live Radio Play)Holiday 2017
Mandate for MurderFall 2017
Always a BridesmaidSummer 2017
Rapunzel - The MusicalSpring 2017
This is Not What I OrderedWinter 2016
Offed at the Bake-Off
(Murder Mystery)
Fall 2016
Calendar Girls
(Theatrical Production)
Summer 2016
Things My Mother Taught Me
(Theatrical Production)
Spring 2016
Scrooge's Christmas
(Special Christmas Production)
Holiday 2015
Death & Taxes
(Murder Mystery)
Fall 2015
The Odd Couple
(Theatrical Play)
Summer 2015
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
(Family Musical)
Spring 2015
Steel Magnolias
(Theatrical Play)
Winter 2015
Murder Mystery: The Groom Has Cold Feet
(Theatrical Play)
Fall 2014
Leading Ladies
(Theatrical Play)
Spring 2014