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Tickets for 2013-2014 Shows

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 secure payment icons below or call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006.

A Fine Line Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m.

A Fine Line by Rob Winn Anderson

April 11 through May 4, 2014

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

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 mounts the world première production of

       A Fine Line

By Rob Winn Anderson, directed by Andrea J. Dymond

An exploration of family, gender, and making peace with oneself, A Fine Line is a poignant, funny mash-up of life, death, and romance novels. Installation artist D. Garfinkel has spent an entire life – a life that is almost over - dancing the fine line between man and woman, joy and sorrow, acceptance and rejection, and is on a final, urgent quest to reconnect one last time with his now-grown foster son. A world première.

Written by Rob Winn Anderson and directed by Andrea J. Dymond, A Fine Line features Doug McDade (Gurnee) in the tour-de-force role of D. Garfinkel. The managing director of acclaimed Shattered Globe Theatre, McDade is an award winning stage and film actor, director, and acting coach throughout the region. The rest of the A Fine Line cast features Kevin M. Costello (Chicago), Adrian Garcia (Chicago), Anatole Odolant (Chicago), and Matt Wilson (Chicago). A Fine Line runs April 11th-May 4th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM.

Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased through the website at, by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or at the door. Group rates (10 or more, pre-paid) are available. Clockwise Theatre is located at 221 North Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan. Ample, free on-street parking. A Fine Line contains adult themes.

 Clockwise Theatre Announces

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

October 10th through November 2nd 

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

November 14th through December 14th (with a break in performances over Thanksgiving weekend)

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

January 30th through February 15th, 2015

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

April 17th through May 10th, 2015

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.

More About Piven Theatre Workshop

The Piven Theatre Workshop is a nationally acclaimed training center and professional theatre which, for over 40 years, has helped thousands of students celebrate play and find their unique creative voice through improvisation, theatre games, and story theatre.

Founders Byrn and Joyce Piven, and the Workshop, have won countless awards over the years which have included lifetime achievement awards and recognition from the University of Chicago, The Joseph Jefferson Committee, the Chicago Improv Festival, the Evanston Arts Council, and the Chicago Tribune.

While many Piven students such as John and Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Lili Taylor, Aidan Quinn, and Kate Walsh have pursued rich careers in the entertainment industry, Piven is equally proud of the many students who have influenced our wider artistic and civic communities with their significant contributions.  From playwright and MacArthur Genius Fellow Sarah Ruhl, to award-winning director Jessica Thebus, to Academy Award nominated Documentary Filmmaker Leelai Demoz and nationally recognized legal scholar Jonathan Turley, our students have taken into their lives the skills honed in Piven classes. 

The Piven training technique teaches our students the value of creative and improvisational thinking, strong communication skills, swift reaction to impulse and trusting their instincts, truth and honesty in performance, and connection to the people and physical world we interact with on a daily basis.



 Join us for The Great New Plays Reading Series

Subtitle: There Are So Many Great New Plays and We Can't Afford to Produce Them All so at Least Let's Have a Reading of Some of Them

The last Sunday of every month thru April 2014 Clockwise will be presenting a public reading of a new play. afterwards the audience is invited stay to meet the playwright and participate in a post-reading discussion. Free to the public (with a suggested donation of $5) at Clockwise Theatre, 221 North Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan, right next door to the historic Genesee Theatre. Ample, free street parking.

April 27th: In partnership with the Ragdale Foundation, Clockwise presents Chatting with the Tea Party by Rich Orloff, director Wayne Mell. Reading at 3PM.

More Details on the Great New Play Reading Series:

The genesis of the program was Clockwise Theatre's participation in the Dramatists Guild national conference this past August. Meeting hundreds of playwrights at the top of their game re-energized our commitment to new work and the living-and-writing playwright. With preference given to local and area playwrights, Clockwise brings together professional actors who work with a director for one rehearsal and then the following week, the play is read aloud in front of the audience. Like radio theatre but with the opportunity to watch the actors, The Great New Plays Reading Series is a fun, casual, entertaining way to spend a Sunday evening. After the reading, there will be a chance to meet the playwright, actors, and directors, as well as participate in a discussion of the play.

Clockwise Theatre is at  221 North Genesee Street, right next door to the historic Genesee Theatre. Free to the public (with a suggested donation of $5) there is ample, free street parking. For more information, call 847-775-1500




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.