Adult Productions

We welcome the experienced actor as well as the first timer! Playhouse 38 produces four adult productions per year, including both musicals and non-musicals.

Upcoming Shows

Adult ProductionsAudition DatesPerformance Dates
Social Security
This hilarious Broadway comedy focuses on trendy Manhattan art gallery owners Barbara and David Kahn, whose life is upended when her Mineola housewife sister Trudy deposits their eccentric mother Sophie on the couple's doorstep. Barbara and David introduce Sophie to suave nonagenarian artist Maurice Koenig, who offers to paint her portrait and soon begins to brighten her life in ways she never expected in her twilight years.

Written by Andrew Bergman. Some themes intended for mature audiences.
August 19
5:00 - 7:00pm

August 20
7:00 - 8:30pm

Rehearsals start the
week of August 27
October 12 at 7:30 pm
October 13 at 7:30 pm
October 14 at 3:00 pm
October 18 at 7:30 pm
October 19 at 7:30 pm
October 20 at 7:30 pm
Playhouse 38's Holiday Variety Show
Take a break from the stress of the holidays and enjoy a magical night of holiday excitement as Playhouse 38 hosts its first Holiday Variety Show! Performances may include local bands, improv acts, carolers, one-act plays, and more.
October 28
5:00 - 7:00pm

October 29
7:00 - 8:30pm

Rehearsals start the
week of November 4
December 14 at 7:30 pm
December 15 at 7:30 pm
The Effect of Gamma Rays
on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds revolves around a dysfunctional family comprised of Beatrice Hunsdorfer, an impractical, embittered widow who makes a living by nursing an elderly invalid, and her two awkward teenage daughters, Ruth and Tillie.

Selfish elder daughter Ruth suffers from convulsions brought on by a childhood trauma. The younger daughter, Tillie, is an eccentric outcast who is constantly thwarted by her self-centered and abusive mother and her extroverted and unstable sister. Amidst this chaos, Tillie exists wide-eyed with wonder in the calm nucleus of her work with the school science teacher. She becomes a finalist in her school science fair for her project, in which she irradiates the seeds of man-in-the-moon marigolds with different levels of cobalt 60 and observes their growth mutations. With this surprise achievement bringing in a flurry of unanticipated attention from the locals, Tillie and Ruth’s clashes with their mother grow ever more ferocious, and Tillie’s attempt at finding her own success may only drive their family further into the sadness it can’t seem to escape.

Written by Paul Zindel. Some themes intended for mature audiences.
More information coming soon!Performances begin
March 1
Proof is a poignant drama about an enigmatic young woman, Catherine; her manipulative sister; their brilliant father; and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.

As the play opens, the young but guarded Catherine grieves over the loss of her father, a famous mathematician who had become a legend at the local university for solving complicated proofs, and for suffering from dementia. Just as Catherine begins to give in to her fear that she, too, might suffer from her father’s condition, Catherine’s older sister Claire returns home to help “settle” family affairs and Hal, one of the father’s old students, starts to poke around the house. What Hal discovers in an old speckle-bound notebook brings to light a buried family secret that tests the sisters’ kinship as well as the romantic feelings growing between Catherine and Hal.

Written by David Auburn. Some themes intended for mature audiences.
More information coming soon!Performances begin
May 3


Auditions are held at Playhouse 38 approximately 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 are usually Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 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 performed over a weekend, and typically include 4-5 showtimes – Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night, and Sunday afternoon. Some shows are held over two weekends.

Tickets 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. Please contact our Playhouse 38 Facility Manager for more information.

Past Adult Productions

Past Adult ProductionsSeasonMedia
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