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Watch for upcoming Piven Workshop Theatre class registration

Click HERE for Captain Superlative audition information 

Clockwise welcomes Norma Serna, our newest company member!



Tickets for 2014-2015 performances

Clockwise General Admission tickets are only $20. Tickets are available at the door, or you can guarantee a seat by pre-purchasing your ticket. Group rates (10 or more, pre-paid) are available. Click the links below or call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006.

by Mia McCullough
directed by Judy Blue
October 10 - November 2, 2014
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Captain Superlative
by Jessica Puller
directed by Madeline Franklin
November 21 - December 14, 2014
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Mr. Benny
by Mark Humphrey
starring Tim Newell
January 29 - February 15, 2015
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Constant State of Panic
by Patrick Gabridge
directed by Richard Shavzin
April 17 - May 10, 2015
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Clockwise People

Board of Directors

Cassandra Ellwing
Diane Hitzeman
Patrick Kerr
Margaret Mullen
Jamie O'Meara
John W. Quinn, Esq.
Melanie Rummel
Madelyn Sergel
Diana Serna
Jane D. Waller


Mason Absher, Artistic Associate

Amy Chapin, Company House Manager

Christopher Davis, Artistic Associate

Cassandra Ellwing, Company Stage Manager & Artistic Associate

Amariah Henderson, Artistic Associate

Patrick Kerr, Managing Director

Jeri Tocco, Artistic Associate

Madelyn Sergel, Artistic Director

Norma Serna, Artistic Associate

Kylie Welker, Artistic Associate


Artistic Advisory Board


Rebecca Adler

David Alex

Claudia Allen

Judy Blue

Helen Caro

Michael Fosberg

Katie Jones

Nancy Lollar

Alexandra Main

Doug McDade

Wayne Mell

Sean Parks

Tori Sergel

Richard Shavzin

Gretchen Sonstroem

Maggie Speer

Lourdes Vazquez 


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Who is Clockwise?

Led by Artistic Director Madelyn Sergel (playwright and producer) and Managing Director Patrick Kerr (actor), Clockwise Theatre is a professional Non-Equity not-for-profit theatre company committed to producing work by Midwestern, women and multi-cultural playwrights. Clockwise is located at 221 North Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan, right next to the historic Genesee Theatre.

  Clockwise Theatre's 2014-2015 Season

For the 2014-2015 season, Clockwise is increasing mainstage productions from three to four, as well as launching a new partnership with Piven Theatre Workshop, and continuing with the monthly Great New Play Reading Series.

Impenetrable by Chicago playwright Mia McCullough, directed by Judy Blue

A drama about how body image and societal and cultural pressures affect both men and women’s perceptions of themselves and of each other.

 Captain Superlative by Chicago playwright Jessica Puller, directed by Madeline Franklin

Our first-ever holiday show will be Captain Superlative by Jessica Puller of Highland Park, which is also Clockwise’s first mainstage production for young audiences. Following a middle schooler who discovers the joys of swooping in to the rescue, Captain Superlative is a play for the entire family about choosing to be the good guy.

 Mr. Benny by Mark Humphrey

A one man show about the life and times of Jack Benny, starring Tim Newell. This play has been performed to great acclaim on the east coast and we are very happy to be bringing Mr. Benny home to Waukegan! Mr. Benny dramatizes Jack Benny’s family life, his roots in show business: his days in vaudeville, then radio, some movies, and finally, the ultimate challenge, television. This is obviously a perfect show for Waukegan, Jack Benny’s hometown.

 Constant State of Panic by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Richard Shavzin

A dark comedy about threat levels, secret surveillance, and holding a marriage together. 


 Clockwise Theatre & Piven Theatre Workshop

Beginning in Fall 2014, Clockwise Theatre will be partnering with Piven Theatre Workshop to bring their theatrical education programming to Waukegan, where Clockwise Theatre will be home to after-school classes provided by Piven. This pilot program will begin with two sessions offered one afternoon, with plans to expand as need and demand requires. This partnership will serve current Piven students and their families who live in northern Illinois and Wisconsin by reducing their current commute to Piven’s Evanston location, allow these same families to visit and experience all that Waukegan has to offer, and also provide Lake County and southern Wisconsin families’ easier access to this acclaimed training. Clockwise and Piven will work closely together to make scholarships available, a part of both organization’s missions make top-notch theatrical experiences and education available to everyone.

For the past 40 years, Piven has run the training center for children and adults, annually serving 1,000 students with mentorship opportunities for emerging theatre artists and educators, offer extensive scholarship and community outreach programs, and their professional Equity theatre is committed to new works and literary adaptations.  Not only does Piven support a Resident Ensemble of actors, it has also proven valuable as a training ground for directors such as Eric Simonson, Jennifer Green, Robin Chaplik and Jessica Thebus and award-winning playwrights such as Sarah Ruhl, Jennifer Barclay and Michael Stock. Other Piven alumni include Jeremy Piven, Rosanna Arquette, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Hope Davis, Lara Flynn Boyle, Aimee Garcia, Jeff Garlin, Harry Lennix, Aiden Quinn, and Kate Walsh


A few items on the Clockwise wish list:

  • A new coffee maker. Ours sputtered out the LAST performance of A Fine Line. Talk about excellent timing...
  • A new or refurbished box office laptop (which can take the new Windows OS)
  • $13,000 donation so we can double our performers' salaries
  • Tools, especially drills
  • Someone who can shore up our famous and much-loved yellow vintage couch in the lobby. The springs are doing really funny stuff 
  • Large sheets of drywall so we can improve our lobby and theatre walls


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Clockwise Mission

Clockwise Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre company committed to produce timely, smart, professional theatre; provide satisfying theatrical and cultural experiences for audiences; and offer rewarding creative opportunities for artists. Clockwise embraces plays which are adventurous and explore a diversity of experience and culture.  Works written by women, multicultural playwrights, and artists from the Midwest are our primary focus.

Clockwise and Waukegan

A vibrant diverse community, Waukegan is populated with marvelous historic buildings, storefront theatres and a world class professional production house, art galleries, locally owned restaurants, shops and boutiques, affordable neighborhood living, a lush, active harbor, bustling community college, a nationally recognized public library, all of this married with a location that puts artists in arm's reach of the huge Lake County audience as well as the urban centers of Chicago and Milwaukee.

The potential to redefine Waukegan by creating an urban, funky, creative vibe similar to SoHo in the 50s and 60s but through the lens of the 21st century has attracted Lake County professionals and artists to the Clockwise board of directors, as well as artists from both Lake County and the larger Chicago metro area to its artistic advisory board. A perfect storm of events is coming together, including soaring gas prices, a changing economy, and the urgency to create a greener world, to make this the time to seize the day, casting Waukegan and Lake County as a new cultural hub of the entire region. Clockwise Theatre hopes to play a vital role in this renaissance.

Clockwise Goals

  • To foster an exciting, positive and productive artistic workplace
  • To create opportunities for local and area artists to hone their craft
  • To create and promote a theatrical experience which reaches all members of the community
  • To provide young people appropriate entertainment, work experience, leadership development and mentoring
  • To help revitalize the economically-challenged community of Waukegan by creating a highly-visible organization to attract audiences into the downtown area
  • To provide innovative and affordable programming that reaches the non-traditional theatre-goers


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The Clockwise Theatre Company is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.