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Lou Award Winner

Best Play of the Year


"The Moors"

Lou Award Winner

Best Director


"The Moors"

Lou Award Winner

Best Supporting

Actress for

"The Moors"

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew

Sean Patrick Hargadon

Heidi Swarthout as


Opening May 10th

The Half-Life of Marie Curie

by Lauren Gunderson

May 10 - June 1 - Fri & Sat 8pm

Sunday Matinees: May 12 & May 19 2pm

Directed by Sean Patrick Hargadon

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with the married Frenchman Paul Langevin, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by the press lambasting her as a “foreign” Jewish temptress and a homewrecking traitor, Marie agrees to join her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette, at her summer home in England. THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE revels in the power of female friendship as it explores the relationship between these two brilliant women, both of whom are mothers, widows, and fearless champions of scientific inquiry.


The Riverfront Playhouse
Past, Present and Future Fundraiser

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Executive Producer

John F. Byrd

Pat and Tom Krave


Dick and Arlene Hawks

Marissa Amoni and Max Balding

Kathleen and Shawn Dooley

Supporting Actor

Jennifer and Adam Cresse



John and Margaret Wilson

Tracey Sherman Falcon and Gandi Falcon

Michael Childress


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Mike & Vicki White

Joe & Eileen Konopacki

Larry & Jean Shepard

Mike Blake

Mary Ingram-Schatz

Sharon & Mark Morris

Dale & Rhonda Roe

Nick Cafaro

Allison Lanthrum

Faith Greising

Coming Soon!

Directors' Workshop

Three Tall Women
by Edward Albee
Opening September 9th
Directed by: Philip Edward VanLear and Vicki White

The Riverfront Playhouse

Est. 1978

The Riverfront Playhouse is a 501c3 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.


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

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.


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.

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A message from the Riverfront Board of Directors:

The March Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th, 2024,

7:00 p.m. at the Riverfront Playhouse offices.

Ticket Price Increase: Beginning January 2023
Adults: $20.00
Students/Seniors: $18.00
Members: $10.00

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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

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Riverfront Playhouse
P.O. Box 1703
Aurora, Illinois 60507

(630) 897-9496



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