Welcome to the Many Lights Theatre’s web site! It is my pleasure to be the artistic director of Many Lights from its inception through this, the start of our sixth season. Very few individuals are granted the freedom to fulfill their dreams. Many Lights is the realization of a dream to guide a theatre that is devoted to providing substantive plays that attempt to make a difference to the intellectual and emotional life of our audiences. I am very proud of each of the plays produced during our five seasons all of which won one or more of the major awards for drama. Please see our Past Shows link at the top of the page for more details.
While I have been directing for over 44 years, I consider Many Lights the highlight of my theatrical career. Never before have I worked with such a dedicated group of theatre artists. Each member of our Troupe pursues excellence in doing “whatever is best for the good of the play” with single-minded dedication. I am truly blessed and thankful to be able to lead Many Lights.
All of us at Many Lights are very excited about our sixth season. The two directors for the season, Carol Davis and David Bishop, bring a combined 75 years of directing experience having directed over 130 shows. Our first play is The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later directed by Carol Davis. Carol directed the original Laramie Project as the “beta” show before Many Lights was formed. This show revisits the scene of the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Sheppard on October 12, 1998. Ten years following his death, five members of the Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to try to understand the long term effects of the murder on the town and its people. They find a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later will be performed on October 11, 12 and 19 at 7:00 PM with a matinee on Sunday, October, 20 at 2:00 PM.
Our second show is “8” directed by David Bishop. “8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District court case filed to overturn Proposition 8 which eliminated gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry in California in 2008. “8” is based on the actual words of the Federal District court’s trial transcripts, first hand observations of the courtroom, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. “8” has been performed on Broadway and in Los Angeles featuring actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Lee Curtis and many others. “8” will be performed on May 9, 10 and 16 at 7:00 PM with a matinee on Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 PM.
In addition to the above shows which comprise our regular season, I am pleased to announce that Many Lights will host a special guest performance by local world-class contemporary magical performing artist Mitch Williams. His unique and memorable program will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Performances are February 21, 22 at 7:00 PM and 23 at 2:00 PM.
Tickets for all shows are $10 with reserved seating. All performances are in Many Lights Theatre located in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 159 N. 2nd Ave., Canton.
We are please to again offer season tickets at a 25% discount from the regular prices. Many Lights donors and season ticket holders receive priority seat assignments before tickets go on sale to the general public. To purchase season tickets or become a Many Lights donor, please call the box office at 309-357-9366.
We hope that you will join us as an audience member or participant as we strive to bring quality productions of award winning plays to West Central Illinois.
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