One Woman Comedy to Kick-off the Towle Theater’s 2015 Season

By: Towle Theater Last Updated: January 30, 2015

Towle-Collage-01-30-15The Towle Theater is proud to announce the opening of their 2015 Season with a one-woman comedy Shirley Valentine. The show is under the direction of Managing Director, Jeff Casey, with generous support from our 2015 Season Sponsor, Accucraft Imaging. Suzanne Nyhan of Naperville, IL will tackle the role of Shirley in this funny and poignant story of a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife. The story focuses on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad. Wondering what has happened to herself now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. What she finds is romance and a new awareness of who she is and what her existence can be with just a little effort on her part.

Towle patrons may remember Suzanne from their 2011 griping production of Good Boys and True where she played the mother of a privileged prep student who was accused of rape. Shirley Valentine is a complete departure from the previous show for Nyhan. She is looking forward to the challenge and is excited to show audiences her comedic side. She is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The Player’s Workshop of Second City and Loyola University School of Law. “With all of her previous acting experience and life experience, she was the perfect fit for the role”, explains Casey. “She brings a warmth and charisma to Shirley that will keep audience riveted.”

Performances for Shirley Valentine are February 27 & 28, March 1, 6-8, 12-15. Thursday through Saturdays the production will begin at 8pm and on Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are only $17. Every Friday performance is an Educator Appreciation Night with buy-one-get-one free tickets to all educators with a school ID. Thursday, March 12th is Industry Night; anyone who provides proof of their work in a theater production will receive a buy-one-get-one free ticket. Reservations required for all promotional discounts. Children under six years of age are not permitted in the theater.

2015 Season Tickets are still available until the closing of Shirley Valentine. Don’t miss out on a single show at the low price of only $55. That’s four admissions to all four shows at $13.75 per ticket. So order your Season Tickets today.

The Towle Theater is located in historic downtown Hammond at 5205 Hohman Avenue. Free, well-lit parking is available off of Fayette Street only steps away from our back entrance or in the parking lot directly across the street from the theater on Hohman Avenue. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit or call the box office at 219-937-8780.