Towle Youth Theater Ensemble Presents “War at Home” & “It’s Not You, It’s Me”

Towle-TheaterThe Towle Youth Theater Ensemble is proud to present 2 one acts, War at Home & It’s Not You, It’s Me. The productions are under the direction of Chicago Director, Amy Gorelow.

War at Home is a drama by Nicole Quinn and Nina Shengold. It centers around a group of students in a New York State high school 100 miles north of Ground Zero that respond to the events of September 11th, 2001. The text of this ensemble piece was created from journal writings of over 40 students, teachers, and community members in the weeks immediately following 9-11.

In sharp contrast, It’s Not You, It’s Me a comedy by Don Zolidis deals with break-ups. Whether your boyfriend is a Canadian secret agent or monk in training, or your girlfriend is a psychic or pathological liar, one thing is for sure: they are about to dump you. Exploring the painful art of breaking-up through comedic, awkwardly realistic characters, this series of wildly hilarious scenes are sure to make you feel relieved not to be the receiving end of those five fatal relationship words.

The shows include some returning ensemble members as well as some new members. Lauren Florek (Munster), Chloe Jancosek (Munster), Noah Jansky (Whiting), Connor Khoury (Chicago), Lilly Lamberg (Highland), Claire LeMonnier (Munster), Harry Ogrentz (Chicago), Ali Soto (Munster), Emmanuel Soto(Munster), Mia Terek (Munster), Aidan Varela (Burnham, IL), Elizabeth Wheeland (Valparaiso) and Clara Zuniga (Munster). Isabel Zuniga (Munster) is the Asst. Director/Stage Manager.

The production runs March 27-29, April 3-4. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Towle Theater box office at 219-937-8780 or visit

The concept behind The Towle Youth Theater Ensemble is to allow the youth participation in theater production, but not necessarily a role in each show presented. With the diverse range of talent selected to be in TYTE, the Ensemble is cast from on-stage, technical, administrative and marketing duties as appropriate. The overall mission is to build a team of theater artists and leaders, not just actors. It is the goal of this program to encourage participation in the overall process of creating theater, not just being in a particular show. The Towle staff believes that this process will bring more value to the participants, to their creative process and ultimately to each production. The Towle holds auditions twice a year and will be seeking enthusiastic students with the most drive, dedication and commitment to the Ensemble as a whole.

The Towle Theater is located in historic downtown Hammond at 5205 Hohman Avenue. Free, well-lit, secured parking is available off of Fayette Street only steps away from the back entrance or in the parking lot directly across the street from the theater on Hohman Avenue.