Moraine Valley’s Academic Theater department is known for showcasing cutting-edge theater, produces by award-winning faculty and featuring Moraine students and community members.

Adult $15, Seniors 55+ $12, Students $10, Moraine Valley Employee $10

The Theater Department at Moraine Valley Community College offers a valuable base from which to launch a theater career in stage, film, television, management, marketing, education, social work, and much more. Learn more about the program.


2023-24 Season

King LearKing Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Craig Rosen

July 18-20, 2024 | 7 p.m.
July 21, 2024 | 5 p.m.
Outdoors at the Gateway
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

“Once upon a time there was a King, who asked his three daughters which of them loved him the most…”.   This fairy tale beginning devolves into one of the greatest tragedies ever written as King Lear loses his family and friends, with only his faithful Fool by his side.  Join us for the 20th annual Shakespeare Under the Stars as we tackle the Bard’s exploration of sanity, power and family.

2024-25 Season

CarrieCarrie: The Musical

Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford
Adapted from the book Carrie by Stephen King

Nov. 1-2 and 8-9 | 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 and 10 | 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Carrie White is a teenage outcast longing to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie has just discovered she possesses a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. Based upon the Stephen King book and movie by the same names, Carrie is a killer good time!
This show contains adult content.

Baby with the BathwaterBaby with the Bathwater

Written by Christopher Durang

Feb. 28-March 1 and March 7-8 | 7:30 p.m.
March 2 and 9 | 3 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater

A bitingly satiric black comedy by one of theater’s most provocative and inventive writers, Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwater targets parenthood, which he skewers with savagely gleeful wit and characteristically outrageous humor.

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451

Adapted from the book by Ray Bradbury

Apr. 25-26 and May 2-3 | 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 and May 4 | 3 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater

This powerful drama follows the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a civil servant living in a dystopian world. In his job as a “fireman,” Guy is the one lighting blazes — to burn books. Lately, he has begun to question his vocation and his vegetable-like existence. When he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, filled with strange ideas, Guy is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Written by William Shakespeare

July 17-19, | 7 p.m.
July 20, | 5 p.m.
Outdoors at the Gateway

In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, perennial gadabout Sir John Falstaff decides to fix his financial woes by seducing the wives of two wealthy merchants. When the wives discover Falstaff sent them identical love letters, they take revenge by playing tricks on the rascal. With the help of their husbands and friends, the wives play one last trick in the woods to put Falstaff’s mischief to an end. Don’t miss this hilariously raucous comedy, with Shakespeare at his bawdy best!