Signed Show of Pinocchio for the Hearing Impaired - November 8th

July 1, 2010

PEORIA, October 2009 - - - Bradley University Theatre will host a signed performance of PINOCCHIO, created in collaboration with the House Theater of Chicago, on Sunday, November 8th at 2:30 p.m. Martha Mueller, an advanced proficiency level interpreter, will sign the production. We ask that individuals desiring this service to please inform the box office at the time of their ticket purchase.

Continuing a tradition of presenting the most creative theatre in central Illinois, Bradley University Theatre and the House Theatre of Chicago have joined together to create a dynamic new adaptation of the tale of PINOCCHIO. Told with a physical and visual flair that is trademark of the award-winning House Theatre, this contemporary look at the Pinocchio story ventures into the visceral world of life's persisting questions as it explores the need for family in a chaotic and dangerous world.

Directed by Carolyn Defrin and written by Dennis Watkins, both members of the award winning House Theatre of Chicago, this collaboration funded by the Iben Lectureship brought together faculty and students from Bradley University Theatre with members of the House Theatre for eighteen months to conceptualize, develop and produce this exciting new play.

Note: This production contains violence, language and subject matter not appropriate for young children. Tickets prices for the general public are $14,  $12 for Bradley Faculty, Staff and Senior Citizens, and $7 for Students Tickets can be purchased at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by calling (309) 677-2650. Reservation requests can be made on-line by visiting Bradley University Theatre's website. Group discounts are available for groups 10 or more.


Bradley University Theatre is a vital academic and cultural asset to both our university community and the central Illinois region. Our mission is straightforward an comprehensive: To educate theatre artists and their audiences in the intellectual foundations, global traditions, and creative processes of the art of theatre. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and our program. The Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and active in many professional organizations including the International University Theatre Association, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


In the eight years since its inception, The House Theatre of Chicago has become the premier off-loop theatre ensemble for New Work.  Founded in typical Chicago theatre style by a bunch of friends who went to college together, it met with startling and almost immediate success.  In 2001, the company made its debut with the underground hit Death and Harry Houdini, selling out the tiny Live Bait Theater in a six week run to standing-room-only crowds.  In 2002, The House upped the ante with the smash-hit The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan.  The critic's declared The House "The Next Big Thing" and the show extended for five months to sold-out audiences at the Viaduct Theater.  In the Fall of 2003, the company embarked upon its first full season, garnering more critical praise and increasing its fan-base with each show.  Having now produced four full seasons of world-premier plays, the company continues to gain accolades with its unique brand of imaginative story-telling.  Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for over 40 Joseph Jefferson Awards.  In 2007, The League of Chicago Theatres honored The House with the first ever Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, recognizing The House's artistic vision and commitment to excellence in theatre. The company continues to produce award-winning original work and plays to sell-out crowds in its Wicker Park home at Chopin Theatre.


George H. Brown

Chair - Bradley University Theatre

(309) 677-2660