September 17–October 3, 2021 


a play by John Logan


Due to the current mandate by Governor Pritzker, all persons attending Wheaton Drama’s production of “Hauptmann” must be masked,
show proof of vaccination and ID at the door, or a valid COVID test result not more than 72 hrs old, prior to attendance.
Please be advised that every precaution is being taken for your safety, as well as that of our actors.

Our houses are only going to be half-sold, allowing for social distancing in our theatre.
The state is requiring 6 feet between actors and audience, which will mean dismantling most of our front row.

        Please note: the cast will be performing WITHOUT masks.

To kidnap the golden-haired baby of such a great hero? Who could do such a thing? What kind of monster was this?

In this riveting jail cell story of the “Crime of the Century,” Richard Hauptmann, a German-born carpenter is convicted of the abduction and murder of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, but did he do it? In a society desperate for black and white answers, this explosive drama questions the effect of public opinion on the carriage of justice.

Hauptmann was written by John Logan (playwright of the Tony Award winning Red, and screenplay writer of Gladiator, The Aviator, Skyfall, and others), and is a gripping drama about the 1932 kidnapping and death of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. and the man tried, convicted and executed for that crime, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, whose “Trial of the Century,” according to H. L. Mencken, was “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” Hauptmann tells the story from Hauptmann’s own perspective just prior to being sent to his fate in the New Jersey electric chair in 1936.  He enlists the assistance of six guards in recounting his tale who play multiple roles in the process.

Two performances of Hauptmann will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing:

  • Sunday 9/26
  • Friday 10/1
Cast of Characters
Bruno Richard HauptmannGarrett Ard
David Wilentz / othersChristopher Williams
Dr. John Condon / othersMichael Boyna
Charles Lindbergh / othersB. Todd Oakley
Anne Lindbergh / othersMorgan Dietkus
Anna Hauptmann / othersAmanda Fisher
Judge Thomas Trenchard / othersVictor Polites
Creative Team
directed byKen Kaden
assistant directorLinda Spadlowski
stage managerBruce Ebner
production managerRandall W. Knott
set designerRandall W. Knott
costumerBen Vargas
prop masterRandall W. Knott
lighting designerJim Van de Velde
sound designerJim Quan
fight choreographerAndrew Trygstad
dialect coachMackenzie Grattan
special effectsAndy Kanturek
Creative Team
directed by Ken Kaden
assistant director Linda Spadlowski
stage manager Bruce Ebner
production manager Randall W. Knott
set designer Randall W. Knott
costumer Ben Vargas
prop master Randall W. Knott
lighting designer Jim Van de Velde
sound designer Jim Quan
fight choreographer Andrew Trygstad
choreographer Sara Malloy
dance captain Jacqueline Schultz
dialect coach Mackenzie Grattan
special directorial assistance Dee Hicks
electronic visual design Andy Kanturek

Photos by Ken Beach