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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


August 2nd and 3rd!
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Come on down August 2nd and 3rd for performances of the scenes from our Director's Workshop written by local playwrights!!

We'll be open during Downtown Aurora's First Friday, so come see a show and stay for the festivities!

Friday's Performance starts at 7pm
Saturday's Performance starts at 8pm

Free admission (although donations are happily accepted!)

Check out our theater! See how our new directors did! Applaud our local playwrights! Cheer on our actors!

“Unspoken” by Katie Lentz
Directed by: Nick Miesuk
Emma – Vicki White
Thomas – Derek L Cook

“Today is Tomorrow’s Memories” by Randall G. Mielke
Directed by: Derek L Cook
Jerry – Manuel Cervantes
Brad – Bobby Dunn Jr

“Gutters” by Thomas Rieser
Directed by: Mateo Madden
Cammie – Izzy Pike
Lodi – Bianca Robles
Fritzie – Vicki White

Opening September 6th

Three Tall Women

by Edward Albee

September 6 - October 12 - Fri & Sat 8pm

Sunday Matinees: October 6 - 2pm

Directed by Phillip Edward VanLear and Vicki White

A young lawyer, “C,” has been sent to the home of a client, a ninety-two-year-old woman, “A,” to sort out her finances. “A,” frail, perhaps a bit senile, resists and is of no help to “C.” Along with “B,” the old woman’s matronly paid companion/caretaker, “C” tries to convince “A” that she must concentrate on the matters at hand. “A’s” long life is laid out for display, no holds barred. Her life, memories and reminiscences are unceremoniously examined, questioned, accepted or not, but, at last, understood.

Featuring: Brenda Scharlau as "A", Jami Johnson as "B" and Heidi Schultz as "C" with Maggie Liston as Understudy.

Coming Soon!

Driving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhrey
Opening November 1, 2024

Directed by Gary Puckett and Vicki White

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

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 August Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14th, 2024,

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

Ticket Price
Adults: $20.00
Students/Seniors: $18.00
Members: $10.00

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Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

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Mailing Address:

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

(630) 897-9496



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