|The Riverfront Playhouse is a not-for-profit store front
theater founded in 1978 and established under the direction of David
Morris as a creative outlet for actors of all walks of life and all levels
of experience to learn and hone their craft. With the very first show, UNDER THE
YUM YUM TREE, which featured the talents of Gary Puckett, Christiane Morris,
Dick Hawks, and Barbara Alexander, the playhouse was off and running.
|While performing in the backroom of Max's All-American Bar, which sat
on the corner of The Water Street Mall and Galena Boulevard, the actors
were all crammed into a coffin-like backstage area, and were forced
to do their costume changes out on the Mall behind bedspreads held
up by their fellow actors and technical personnel.
|The Riverfront Playhouse has doubled it's size since its inception,
and we're constantly looking for ways to make it even bigger. Through
the un-flagging loyalty of our personnel and patrons, we've made it
to well over 200 mainstage shows, countless children's theatre presentations,
and we have remained a venue for diverse and exciting entertainment
in the Western Suburbs, as well as a sort of blue-collar clubhouse
for the artistic types of the Chicagoland area. Our longevity
is a tribute, not only to the folks that handle the day to day grind
of business, but to the audiences that have kept our doors open since
1978. A debt of gratitude is owed to all.