Boys In The Valley

Tickets are $25 and available here

This fictional account explores the relationship between Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago and President Lyndon Johnson, specifically highlighting Daley’s quiet but adamant opposition to the war in Viet Nam. This special performance features SSP company members George Manisco as Daley and Todd Parkhurst as LBJ. Please come and explore with us the life and times of these two legendary leaders. A discussion will follow each reading.

Don’t miss this special Fundraiser benefiting St. Bonaventure, SSP & Subtext




Announcing our 2018–19 Season

The Mystery of Edwin Drood with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer, potentially changing the show’s ending at each performance. This tune-filled, fast-paced tale is presented as a show within a show, as the Music Hall Royale—a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company—presents Dickens’ brooding mystery.
Performances October 26–November 18

Little Stones by SSP’s very own Leigh Johnson
In this romantic drama combining notions of reincarnation and fate, a young director and actress rehearsing different plays in adjacent classrooms of St. Bonaventure School in the autumn of 2018 find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. Is it merely mutual attraction, or is it something deeper, more mysterious—a possible reconnection of old souls whose past lives were tragically cut short 100 years earlier? Combining neighbourhood history with New Age sensibilities, Little Stones is a made-in-Chicago fable of karma, theatre and influenza.
Performances February 15–March 10

Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron
Based on the bestseller by Ilene Beckerman. This play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covers all the commonly important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying first bras, mothers, hating purses and why women wear only black.
Performances April 26–May 19

Performances for each production take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.—a new time starting this season—and Sundays at 2 p.m. at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago. Free parking is available in two lots. Subscription packages for the three-play season are $50, $30 for seniors.

Full-priced single tickets are $25 for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and $20 for the two remaining plays; single tickets for seniors, students with valid ID and children younger than 12 are $15 for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and $12 for the remaining two plays. Group rates also are available.

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Audition for The Front Page

Auditions for the Saint Sebastian Players’ April-May production of The Front Page by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
  • Sunday, February 4, 12–5 p.m.
  • Monday, February 5, 7–10 p.m.
  • Callbacks Thursday, February 8
We seek actors OF ALL ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS to fill the following roles (18 M, 4  F):
  • Sheriff Hartman (30 – 60 yrs old)
  • Walter Burns (40 – 60 yrs old)
  • Hildy Johnson (20 – 40 yrs old)
  • Bensinger (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Mollie Malloy (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Mrs. Grant (40 – 60 yrs old)
  • Mr. Pincus (20 – 60 yrs old)
  • McCue (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Jennie (20 – 60 yrs old)
  • Peggy Grant (20 – 40 yrs old)
  • The Mayor (40 – 60 yrs old)
  • Frank (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Earl Williams (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Diamond Louie (30 – 60 yrs old)
  • Murphy (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Schwartz (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Wilson (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Second Policeman (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Endicott (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Woodenshoes Eichom (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Kruger (20 – 50 yrs old)
  • Carl (20 – 50 yrs old)
There is no pay for this project.
Rehearsals will take place at St. Bonaventure
April 27–May 20, 2017
Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
For the audition prepare the sides below:

Please do not submit if you are unavailable during tech week (April 22–26) or performance dates.

Email with headshot/resume and your preferred appointment time.

Thank you!


Sebastian Studio Project: Remembrance

Sebastian Studio Project
by ArLynn Presser
A play about love, sacrifice and how we honor the memory of those we have (will always) loved
August 4–6, 8 p.m.
August 7, 2 p.m.
Purchase adult tickets here
Purchase senior/children tickets here

35th Anniversary Awards

SSP Company 2016-06

SSP company members gathered to celebrate our 35th season June 20! Standing L-R: Steven Walanka, Nick Ferrin, Jack Dugan Carpenter, Julie Lynn Johnson, Emil Zbella, Jessica Goforth, Anthony Fiorelli, Aaron Harris Woodstein Jill Chukerman-Test, Brittany Eude, Ed McGuire, Brian Vabulas, George Manisco, Leigh Johnson, Jim Masini, Todd Parkhurst, Maya Schultz, Gary Grenholm and Ally Cross. Kneeling L-R: Alex Demetralis, Nancy Pollock, Cortney West, Don Johnson, Eric S Prahl and Stephen Rowland. Also in attendance but not in the photo: Bill Chamberlain, Robert Kaercher and Beverly Parkhurst. We missed the rest of you!


SSP Awards 2016

We had a wonderful celebration of our 35th season June 20 at the annual Awards Party! Congrats to our Sebastian Award winners (L-R) Nancy Pollock, a double winner for Smashing Supporting Performer in Arsenic and Old Lace and the Scott Rosengarden Award; Linda Masini for the Fr. Dan Montalbano Award; Kate O’Connor (not in attendance but Linda is holding her award!) for Simply Stunning Performance in Arsenic and Old Lace; Joe Feliciano for Smashing Supporting Performer in The Woman in Black; Jack Dugan Carpenter for Sweetly Satisfying Production, as director of The Woman in Black; Ian Maryfield for Simply Stunning Performance in The Woman in Black; Brian Vabulas for the Barry Cunnane Award; and SSP President Jill Chukerman-Test.

Saint Sebastian 35th Anniversary


Saint Sebastian Players had a gathering  on 3/5 to celebrate SSP’s  35th birthday! About  45 people attended…cast audience and members…sharing generous champagne toasts!

Here’s to another 35 years of great theater!

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We are thankful for YOU, our supporters, fans, friends and family. We are thrilled to have made it to 35 years, and we know we couldn’t have done it without you. If you’d like to see us last another 35 (at least), please consider helping us out with a tax-deductible contribution.