The Gravedigger

by Joseph Zettelmaier
Directed by Alison C. Vesely

Previews October 1, 2, 3
October 4 – November 2

A Tale of Frankenstein’s Monster

"This is a monster show with heart and soul to spare." ★★★½ - Chicago Tribune

"Haunting and beautiful!" - The Buzz

"Chilling and suspense filled!" -

★★★½ - Chicago Stage Standard

The Story

In one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. Thus begins a harrowing journey as the men discover their shared past with its gruesome and deadly secrets.

Critics praise Zettelmaier for his “lived-in dialogue” (Chicago Tribune) which is “so natural, you forget it’s scripted” (Daily Herald), and the “tension-infused spirit” of his plays (Sun-Times News Group)

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Experience First Folio at Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve

All performances take place on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, which is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Indoor shows are presented in Mayslake Hall, a 30-room Tudor Revival style mansion originally built by coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Completed in 1922, the mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Click here for directions.

Gothic Charm, Pastoral Splendor and Dramatic Excellence at First Folio

Outside of the city limits there lies a dramatic destination that not only delivers outstanding theater to its audiences, but creates it in a setting that is as unique as it is lovely. First Folio Theatre , the brainchild of David Rice and Alison Vesely, has been staging the works of Shakespeare as well as other playwrights since 1997. Their choice of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate provides a picture perfect outdoor venue and two elegant indoor stages. This exceptional location makes a remarkable home for this gifted theater company. Rice and Vesely’s passion for theater is evident by their award-winning productions, influenced and enhanced by the extraordinary atmosphere that this singular location provides. Read more and view photos from the Photo Essay By Venus Zarris

Ticket Return Policy

First Folio will issue refunds only if a performance is canceled. Tickets already purchased may be exchanged for another performance provided the exchange is made at least 72 hours in advance. Exchanges with less than 72 hours notice will be made only if we are able to resell the tickets for the original date or will be subject to a 50% exchange fee. (Subscribers may exchange up to 24 hours in advance without fee or penalty.) Additional charges will apply for exchanging preview tickets for non-preview performances or for exchanging weekday tickets for weekend tickets.

To find out if a performance is being canceled due to weather, please call the box office at 630-986-8067. For outdoor summer performances, the final decision is not made until 7:45 PM. For indoor performances, the decision will be made at least 4 hours in advance. For all weather related issues, the decision will be made based on specific conditions at our site in Oak Brook. Rainchecks issued for a cancelled summer performance will be good for the remainder of that summer only.



2014-15 Subscriptions Now Available

Why not enjoy dinner before you enjoy the show?
Mayhem in the Mansion
October 31, 2014

Upcoming Shows

The Gravedigger
by Joseph Zettelmaier
October 4 - November 2, 2014
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
by Neil Simon
January 28 - March 1, 2015
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
March 28 - April 26, 2015
The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
July 8 - August 9, 2015