Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
Cicero, IL 60804
The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center is a non-equity 346-seat theatre on the campus of Morton College in Cicero, IL. JPAC produces 6 shows a season and is in its 32nd year. More info at www.jpactheatre.com.
The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center’s first subscription season was in 1981. Today the acclaimed theatre sells nearly 10,000 tickets a year and is one of the busiest non-equity theatres in the Chicago area. In all, The JPAC Theatre has presented more than 150 productions to an estimated quarter of a million people!
As part of Morton College, the JPAC is unlike many academic theatres. Due to its six show season, it provides an enlightening and professional atmosphere to students. It is from the support of Morton College and the Board of Trustees that the JPAC has been able to grow and nurture local students and community members in the arts. WGN Radio deemed the JPAC “…a cultural treasure.”
The JPAC Theatre has become one of the predominant entities in the establishment of the importance of non-professional theatre in Chicago.
The JPAC Theatre national reputation grew over the years due to its lavish and daring production in its small stage. These productions caught the attention of producers from London to Broadway. In 1990 Academy Award winner Joseph Brooks launched the North American Premiere of his West End musical METROPOLIS at the JPAC. After that many other Broadway and West End shows have had their Premiere Chicago Production at the JPAC, including: THE BAKER’S WIFE, BLOOD BROTHERS, THE WHO’S TOMMY, JEKYLL & HYDE, & ASPECTS OF LOVE. The JPAC can now add WE WILL ROCK YOU to that list.
The JPAC has made one of their priorities the producing of new musicals, an unprecedented move by a “community” theatre. Articles concerning JPAC’s World Premieres have been featured in national publications from Playbill to Yahoo.com. World Premiere productions include NEFERTITI-THE MUSICAL, which is preparing for a pre-Broadway tryout, DANGER WILL ROBINSON! and the Liberace musical, MR. SHOWBIZ.
The JPAC has also made a similar commitment to plays. Audiences have often found the newest works by the world’s most successful and acclaimed playwrights making their Chicago debut on the JPAC stage. Some of the titles have included new works by Ray Cooney, Rupert Holmes, Neil Simon, Steven Dietz and Matthew Barber.
The accomplishments made by this theatre over the past 25 years are astonishing. Combining an aggressive producing style and a willingness to take on any artistic challenge, the JPAC continues to provide vibrant and affordable theatre to everyone.