Performing Arts Season Schedule


2022–2023 Theatre Productions

Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb

Abraham Lincoln Performance Artwork

Illinois schoolteacher Harmony Green has told her fourth-grade class that Menard County's most beloved homegrown hero, Abraham Lincoln, was gay. When Honest Abe is "outed" in a reimagined Christmas pageant, controversy and chaos engulf the town. As the trial of the century begins, big-city reporters and Congressional candidates descend, and family skeletons are forced out of the closet. Top hats and beards abound in this hilarious, poignant, and timely look at prejudice past and present.

Performance Dates and Times

  • Auditions will be on Aug. 29 and 31, from 5–6:30 p.m. in RDMT 240. Prepare a 90-second monologue. BIPOC and Spanish-speaking (bilingual students) are highly encouraged to audition!
  • Performances will be Nov. 10, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. in RDMT 240 on the TMCC Dandini Campus.

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That Day in Tucson by Guillermo Reyes

Abraham Lincoln Performance Artwork

A shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., creates international headlines as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords becomes one of the victims. A young intern from Tucson, Daniel Hernandez Jr., rushes to Giffords’ rescue, and he’s credited with helping save her life. The media creates a circus around him, transforms him into a reluctant hero and opens up his private life to public scrutiny, especially when he wasn’t ready to discuss his involvement in the LGBTQ community. This is the real story of an unexpected hero who is thrown unintentionally into the limelight, and, in flashbacks, the play depicts what led to that crucial day in Tucson in which everything changed for Daniel and for the national political landscape surrounding the gun debate and gun violence. The play features elements of growing up in a bicultural, bilingual Latino family in the southwest and Daniel’s discovery of his commitment to public life. There’s also humor and compassion as the play depicts Daniel’s real-life friendship with Gabby Giffords, which survives this tragedy.

Performance Dates and Times

  • Auditions will be on Feb. 1 and 2, from 6–7:30 p.m. in RDMT 240.
    • Auditions will be a series of cold readings so nothing to prepare beforehand.
    • Spanish-speaking (bilingual students) are highly encouraged to audition!
  • Performances will be on April 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m., and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. in RDMT 240 on the TMCC Dandini Campus.