March 17, 2023–April 2, 2023

7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat evening | 2pm Sun


a play by William Nicholson


Wheaton Drama is proud to announce that its production of “Shadowlands” is “Lou Recommended” by the Lou Awards Committee. The Lou Awards celebrate community theatre and college theatre in the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A Lou recommendation is given to a production when, after the opening night of its run, at least one element of the show was deemed excellent by the opening night judges of the Lou Awards Nominating Committee. By receiving a recommendation, participating theatres are one step closer to receiving a nomination, which will be announced sometime in September 2023.

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

The unlikely true life love story between noted British Christian author C.S. (Jack) Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) and American writer Joy Gresham, who happens to be both Jewish and divorced. Before Joy and her son unexpectedly drop into Jack’s life, he led a comfortable bachelor existence, teaching, writing, and lecturing at Oxford. Once Joy appears, things dramatically change. He is forced to approach everything, including his personal faith in God, from his heart, not his mind.

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

  • Sunday 3/26
  • Friday 3/31

Produced by permission of Samuel French, Inc.

Cast of Characters
C.S. LewisTodd Oakley
Major W. H. Lewis (“Warnie”)Thomas Rieser
Professor Christopher RileyTom Viskocil
Rev. “Harry” HarringtonJohn Vinopal
Alan Gregg / DoctorJim Quan
Dr. Maurice Oakley / Waiter / RegistrarMichael Albrow
Joy Gresham, née DavidmanLinda Cunningham
DouglasMichael Morrissey
Registrar’s Clerk / Nurse Sara Cate Langham
Priest / WaiterJeff Korenak
Creative Team
directed byStan Austin
assistant directorKim Lambert-Haak
stage managerAmy Johnson
production managerJulie Kanturek
set designerErin McIntyre
master carpenterAndy Kay
set decoratorKaty Smith
costumerCindy Lonhart / Ruth Fink-Winter
hair & makeupLiz Rowe
prop masterChristine Pfenninger
lighting designerJim Van De Velde
sound designerJean Austin / Sean Ogren
dialect coachTracy Adams
AV specialistAndy Kanturek
dramaturgJerry Root
house managerJulie Kanturek
assistant stage managerAlissa Kanturek / Larry Re
board liaisonElyse Willis

Photos by Katy Zimmerman