THE PORCH LIGHT shines for you. This comedic and heartfelt show “gives you in the feels” as we explore real-life issues and triumphs of the suburban family. We witness so many moments that are relevant today – seen through the simple front porch of a house, and all that went on… and was shared on it. An original work by Chicago Playwright, Felicia Pfluger that chronicles over 120 years (from 1893 through the present) of American life and family. Through powerful, hilarious and fun vignettes, we explore times of radical change in history, the context of cultural change, changes in the family unit, social awareness, wars… and our humanity. Be part of the stage premier. The porch light is on, children, it is time to come home.
Notes from the Playwright/Director
Almost 18 months ago, I had an idea. I was quietly sitting on a majestic, old, front porch of a friend’s home when I spied some initials wreathed in a heart that some hopeful soul had carved into the rail. I pondered, if this porch would talk, what secrets would it share with us? I mused over the structure and history of the home. The variety of changes that had happened and had been witnessed from where I sat. The different cars, fashion trends and social customs. The radical changes in culture and history.
Children that gave their borning cries in this old structure. The elderly that might have breathed their last breath… after lives well lived. The weddings, homecomings, slumber parties, the first steps of a child – and all their firsts – their first kiss, their first day of school, first dance, first kiss, first job. The holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and everything in between that make the lives we share, rich and vibrant.
I thought about the importance of this porch – as a safe haven. A light that intertwines our neighbors, community, our families, our history, our humanity… and our hope. For on it, we are sheltered, we gather. We reflect, share, and well… love each other. And it is so necessary especially now, just as much as it was first built. I hope The Porch Light speaks to your hearts as well. We have had fun creating it for you… And now, the porch light is on, friends, it is time to come home. ~ Felicia Pfluger
P.S. – The play is geographically based in the Chicago suburbs. Four suburbs especially have history inlaid into it. You are welcome to hypothesize on it. 😊
WHAT THE AUDIENCE SAYS…
I attended the 2 pm show and was grateful to have Felicia Pfluger sitting next to me. The show was professional and challenging. The kids were truly ‘on top of their game’! Very delightfully high energy! ~ Gary Comstock
This show shines with raw realness and an undeniable honesty. I was moved to laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. It was a beautiful tribute to our ever-changing lives. You definitely never knew what to expect next, but it always gave you exactly what you needed. ~ Jenni Channing
This play HAS to be seen. It’s a real exploration of emotion, of culture, of time, yet it is dramatic and surprising. I was riveted. – LATTE Patron
Wonderfully written and directed by the talented Felicia Pfluger. How can you go wrong? ~ Barbara Roppo
This hits you in the feels. You leave rooting for humanity! ~ Sally Stacia
The play, The Porch Light, to me, means a spark of hope. For as long as there is a family living there, and keeping the light on, no matter what the century, our hope will continue on. And humanity will survive.
~ Josephine Berger (Realtor)
The Porch Light is this all awesome ensemble play covering so many different times and cultures in Chicago. It is very diverse, yet everyone lives in this same house with the porch as the meeting place Through 120 years, we see everyone bond and fight and laugh and cry as they work through the best and worst of life.
~ Kathryn Chicoine (Kegan, Sheila, Hans)
The Porch Light is a commentary on society as a whole. The storylines throughout history are still relevant. Earlier story lines reflect on incidents today. For example, the prejudices against Hans because of his German origins. ~ Ara Bonsignore (Dan, Sam Chris, Phil, Archie)
The Porch Light is about learning how to turn a house into a home. So many lives that seem so completely random and inconceivable can be connected. It really allows you to see things through another person’s eyes and has opened up my perspective on how so many people can struggle in different ways. It shows the strongest and weakest parts of people. ~ Anastaja Nunez (Grandma Harriet, Ronnie, Sheltie)
The Porch Light is real history yet told from the perspective of an average American family as they navigate the difficulties of living in America over the past century. ~ Michale Sahs (James, Denny, Bob)
We see real people come out on the porch to get away from the tragedy of life in The Porch Light. It’s a bonding area and a place to get away from problems and talk and vent and heal. ~ Matthew Gerhardt (Paul, Grandpa Patrick, Herb)
It’s a great coming of age story and how the challenges of life affect people I think that people in the audience will really connect with it because we touch on so many issues and time periods. ~ Grace Simmons (Emma, Pearl, Karen)
The Porch Light is about how each family is very different from the others and how they all have their own problems. Each family has joy and love, but they have real problems for life isn’t just fun and games. It also shows how a house can have such an impact on a family as not just a house, but a home.
I’ve learned that in situations like there are in this play, you’re not alone. Family or no family, there’s always someone there for you. It also shows that there are many problems in the world that people have to deal with and things aren’t always what meets the eye. I really loved the play. It spreads joy and it has lots of different emotions. ~ Angelina Calvetti (Olive, Denise, Michelle, Ashley)
The Porch Light is a combination of a ton of American culture, families, and relationships. It’s a bunch of different walks of life. ~ Greta Sandman (Abby, Wendy, Megan, Brittany)
It’s a family that starts off new and fresh and the generations. It shows you their life and life lessons. ~ Naimah Arteaga (Cordelia, Juju, Elizabeth)
In the Porch Light, we have the opportunity to see how one home changes throughout the decades. We see different families move through it and bring elements to the house. In the end, the porchlight is a beautiful examination of how times have changed yet remained the same. ~ Katie Dutton, (Grandmama Isabel, Opal, Wanda)
It’s about a family’s journey that passes on through the years and ends in our current time. The Porch Light shows the transformation of people over time. ~ Parker Landfear (Lil’ Patrick, Thomas, Jake, Scott)
The Porchlight is a beautiful production that allows both the cast and the audience to heal. It shows both the wondrous joy and the inevitable sadness we all face as families, friends, and acquaintances. Each character brings their own set of cards to the table, and even the ones in singular scenes shine out remarkably. The Porchlight looks into the emotional rollercoaster of families, dating, and marriage. Even more so, it shows America’s history not merely informatively, but creatively and personally. We are all human, and our mistakes can create gaps between us and other people. The Porchlight shows how we can overcome our mistakes, and grow through the pain and hurt on interpersonal and societal levels. Love, Family, War, Peace, Light, Darkness, The Porchlight has it all in a real and emotional way. Florence is and probably always will be a character that lives close to my heart, perhaps giving me strength when I need it most. Playing Florence and watching other various characters made me truly realize how difficult some things were, are, and may continue to be. Time never stops, it keeps moving, bringing change and hope every day.
“…I have always especially loved twilight. The sunsets are spectacular. And we have the promise of a new day…” – Florence, Sophia Griffith
Photo credit (c) 2019 Felicia Pfluger