Inspirare Theatre · 630-531-0000


Past Performances...

September 30 - October 29, 2006...

The World Premiere of
Chernobyl's Fire
by Laura Lewis-Barr (about the Writer)

In this award-winning drama, Dimitri — a Russian scientist studying the effects of radiation outside Chernobyl — is visited by St. Joan: his muse, teacher, and confident.

As his visions intensify, Dimitri struggles to recognize his true calling.

Joan d'Arc

Chernobyl's Fire Features:

  • Patrick Able
  • Brenda Scharlau
  • Lisa Dawn Foertsch
  • Dennis Edwards
  • Deborah Christy
Directed by Kelly Hilliard Roush

Chernobyl's Fire was first staged at the Lombard Log Cabin
(in Four Seasons Park at S. Main and 16th Street, Lombard) [Map]...

  • Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 1 at 3pm
  • Saturday, October 7 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 8 at 3pm
  • Saturday, October 14 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 15 at 3pm

...And then at the Bartlett Log Cabin
(in Bartlett Park at 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett) [Map]...

  • Saturday, October 21 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 22 at 3pm
  • Saturday, October 28 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 29 at 3pm
Dimitri & Joan

The 9/22 Sun had a very detailed front-page story about the play and Inspirare.

Tickets to Chernobyl's Fire were $15. (Open Seating)

Cast Photo.Communicating Doors

A comedy by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Linda Roberts

Communicating Doors is a time-traveling British farce in which Ms. Poopay Dayseer, a "specialist sexual consultant" fleeing for her life, finds herself in the exact same hotel suite, 20 years earlier.  Author Ayckbourn describes Communicating Doors as a cross between Psycho and Back to the Future.

"A real knockout ... This is a show to see." --NY Post

Cast members (from top)--
Bill Redding as Julian
Julie Rodgers-Baker as Poopay
Fred Sauers as Reece
Rene Ruelas as Harold
Julie Knoch as Jessica
Janet Ryan Grasso as Ruella

8pm · Friday and Saturday evenings · March 10 through April 1, 2006

Staged at...

The Carol Stream Hampton Inn · Room 108
Corner of Gary and North Avenues [map]

Tickets were $15 regular admission; Seniors $12.

Cloistered HoneyPerformers.
(Formerly entitled "Abelard and Heloise")

A new romantic comedy by Laura Lewis-Barr

Featuring Dennis Edwards and Dawn Hommowun

During one stormy night -- while trying to avoid a hive of moody bees -- Abe must convince his runaway wife, Helen, to come home from an empty monastery...

Cloistered Honey was recently named a Finalist in the Metropolis New Plays Contest.

Weekends from October 28 through November 20, 2005

  • Fridays and Saturdays: 8pm
  • Sundays: 3pm

Staged at... Performers.

Grace Lutheran Church
Downtown Glen Ellyn · [map]

  • Tickets were $15. ($2 of every ticket sale was donated to the Grow with Grace Fund at Grace Lutheran Church)

For more information about the Glen Ellyn production of Cloistered Honey, please email or call 630-531-0000

The Road Trip

A staged reading of a new play by Laura Lewis-Barr. Presented Sunday, July 10, 2005 at the College of DuPage.

In an Orwellian society of the future, Angie and her sister pursue Clara, a runaway human-robot maid, who seeks re-programming. Their passage through the illegal outback leads to journeys of self-discovery.

Kristin Collins as CLARA
Dennis Edwards as CHUCK
Alex Sanborn as HENRI and THE DOCTOR
Becky Schallert as ANGIE
Clarissa Yearman as JESSICA

ANGIE (Becky Schallert) and JESSICA (Clarissa Yearman)
begin their journey through the outback.

ANGIE and JESSICA encounter a RICH GUY (James Turano)

ANGIE and JESSICA hitch a ride with CHUCK (Dennis Edwards)

Kristin Collins as CLARA.


The first production by the company -- Oleanna by David Mamet -- was presented in April and May of 2005 in a 1929 classroom in downtown Glen Ellyn's Civic Center. [map]

"A very sharp production that will open your mind."
--Al Bresloff, Theatre and Stage critic for

"We found that theatre can exist without make-up, costume and scenography. Without a stage, lighting or sound effects. The acceptance of poverty in theatre, stripped of all that is not essential to it, revealed to us not only the backbone of the medium, but also the deep riches which lie in the very nature of the art form."
--from "Towards a Poor Theatre" by Jerzy Grotowski

"Oleanna is theatrical dynamite that's guaranteed to ignite debate."
--the Cambridge Network

Oleanna stage.

A student visits her professor's office to discuss her grades. ("Carol," portrayed by Cynthia Shur, and "John," by Patrick Able. Performer Biographies.)

Soon their misunderstandings escalate into tragic consequences. Oleanna is a cautionary tale reminding us how difficult it can be for men and women to understand each other.

"An ear for reproducing everyday language has long been David Mamet's hallmark and he has now employed it to skewer the dogmatic, puritannical streak which has become commonplace on and off the campus. With Oleanna he continues an exploration of male-female conflicts begun with Sexual Perversity in Chicago in 1974. Oleanna cogently demonstrates that when free thought and dialogue are imperilled, nobody wins."
-- Michael Wise, Independent

In Oleanna, "John and Carol go to it with hand-to hand combat that amounts to a primal struggle for power. As usual with Mamet, the vehicle for that combat is crackling, highly distilled dialogue unencumbered by literary frills or phony theatrical ones."
--Frank Rich, International Herald Tribune

"I don't want revenge. I want understanding," a college student tells a professor after reporting him to a tenure committee for sexual harassment. And it sounds like such a simple desire. But by the time we hear it ... we've come to see how tragically difficult true understanding is to come by. It requires that you express yourself clearly and that the person to whom you're speaking listen, really listen, to you; that each side respect the other and engage in a give-and-take of communication until both agree that understanding has been reached.

"In Oleanna, Mamet presents two people who don't listen to each other and allow painful miscommunications to escalate into a bitter battle for power ... Mamet's layering of issues -- academic freedom, violence to women, political correctness, materialism, elitism -- is masterful, as is his use of broken dialogue -- the sentences stretch out here like a row of jagged stones."
-- Austin Chronicle.

Here are outside web pages about the original stage production of Oleanna in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the London production; the motion picture; and author David Mamet. · 630-531-0000

Inspirare (Latin) from in- + spirare to breathe -- archaic: to infuse (as life) by breathing.
Inspiration -- the act of drawing in; specifically: the drawing of air into the lungs, the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions, breathing-in divine energies. · Updated October 29, 2006