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Readers Theatre

ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre

combines Art and Lit to enhance the written word through dramatic interpretation and to provide audiences with a stimulating theatrical experience.

To book a show: contact Donna Lubow at

[email protected]


Our most recent program:

Highland Park's

Voices of the Past

Saturday, April 13, 2019

at 11 am and 2 pm

East on Central and Highland Park Poetry teamed up on the HP150 Persona Poetry Project with local poets telling the community story through verse. Witness Highland Park history from the perspective of those who lived it in a special performances by ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre. This program was made possible by a Spark Microgrant from the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission. This program takes place in the Highland Park Library auditorium.



1. Humorous shows on aging featuring the poems of Judith Viorst.

2. If you like "The Crown" and "Downton Abbey"...

Presenting Great Scenes from Great Theatre.

3.SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY: A presentation based on Caroline Kennedy's anthology of her most loved poems.


Audience's RAVE….

“What a wonderful performance! The club just loved all the women you showcased and they all loved learning the little known facts about each of them, especially how their lives evolved. Thank you so much for bringing such an interesting, educational and entertaining program to The Lake Forest Woman's Club.”




To book a program: [email protected]

Programs are approximately one hour long. 

Voices of Chicago  

Focusing on the rich imagery of poets with ties to Illinois, this dramatized reading offers works ranging from the poignant to the whimsical. Among the poets represented are Carl Sandburg, Archibald MacLeish, Gwendolyn Brooks, Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, and Lisel Mueller. The program concludes with two pieces written by songwriter Steve Goodman.

Out of Our Fathers’ House

The text is taken entirely from the diaries, journals and letters of the characters portrayed: Eliza Southgate, who documented her brief life through an outpouring of letters about courtship and marriage, published in 1887…Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founder of the Women’s Suffrage… “Mother” Mary Jones, prominent labor organizer and powerful voice for the underprivileged…Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, doctor, minister and eminent orator …Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, journalist, novelist, essayist and early feminist.

January 22, 2017: The day after the Women's March, ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre marched out its production about women's liberation - "Out of Our Fathers' House" - at Northbrook Library with Donna Lubow (portraying writer Elizabeth Gertrude Stern), Beth Goldberg (as suffragette and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton), Janet Reed (portraying the unliberated Eliza Southgate), June Fisher (as preacher Anna Howard Shaw), and Elizabeth Rude (as labor organizer Mother Mary Jones).

   Remember the Ladies

Through dramatic interpretation, ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre provides an insightful look into the lives of several women well worth remembering, including American novelist and humanitarian Harriet Beecher Stowe…Anne Hutchinson, an outspoken advocate of religious freedom who was persecuted in Puritan New England…Miep Giese, who was responsible for preserving Anne Frank’s diary…and Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, who rescued 22,000 Jewish children from Nazi Europe. Also…Florence Nightengale, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, and Georgia O’Keefe.

Woman à la Mode: A Lite Look at Aging

A series of light-hearted vignettes, interspersed with lively music, celebrating the work of authors Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck and Judith Viorst.

American Silhouettes and Songs

This program intertwines American vocal music with the lives of famous women of the times, including Abigail Adams…Emma Goldman… and pioneer Juliette Kinzie. Also included is a special excerpt from The Belle of Amherst, providing a perceptive glimpse into the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

Enchanted April (excerpts)

The story of four dissimilar women in post-World War I England who are transformed on a holiday to a secluded castle in Italy.

Listening is an Act of Love

ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre reenacts special moments in the lives of everyday people who have participated in Dave Isay’s StoryCorps Project. Some of their stories are humorous, while others are deeply moving.

COMING SOON: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY - based on Caroline Kennedy's book of her favorite poetry; MAMADRAMA - celebrates motherhood with a bubbly sense of humor, a warm touch of joy, and a brimming tubful of interesting, stories, vignettes, and advice; & ONCE ABOUT A POEM, a dramatic presentation of narrative poems, in conjunction with East on Central magazine and Highland Park Poetry.  


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June Fisher started out as a dancer and fell in love with acting. She has taught children's theatre at Apple Tree Theatre, and has written, directed and produced many children's shows. In addition to doing voice-overs, she has appeared in a multitude of theatrical productions, including "West Side Waltz" and "40 Carats."

Mary Lou Gilliam was an English teacher for nearly three decades, using music and drama to engage her students. Mary Lou minored in theater. Besides musical comedy and the church choir, she has been a wedding soloist for many years. Her writing credits include nationally distributed educational materials, user guides, and magazine articles.

Beth Goldberg is thrilled to join the cast of ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre. She has performed at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview as well as other local theaters. Beth has also studied at Acting Studio of Chicago, Second City, and ATC in Wilmette.

Mollie Grabemann appeared on Broadway in the play “Anastasia” and toured with it on the East and West Coasts. Credits include summer stock, television appearances in New York and Chicago and in the film “Mo’ Money.” She has served as a director of children’s theatre and community theatre, and had her own theatre company, “Matinee Players,” which performed at the Drake Hotel.

Kathie Keefe Howski, Associate Artistic Director and Set Decorator for Theatre in the Woods, has performed in numerous productions including Over the Tavern, Jake's Women, The Dining Room, and The Odd Couple (female version).

Peggy Lewis has a degree in theatre education from Northwestern University. After several years working in television production, she started a drama camp at the Buffalo Grove Park District. For the past 25 years she has been a Realtor on the North Shore, She is also a member of Short Story Theatre, a storytelling troupe.

Donna Leslie Lubow, co-founder of ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre, has an extensive theatrical background – acting, directing, producing, and teaching. She is a founding member of Attic Playhouse and is also a co-founder of Highland Park Players, Theatre in the Woods, and Short Story Theatre.

Ellie Meyers has two degrees from Northwestern University and has been active in community theatre for many years, having directed and played a variety of roles. She coached speech activities at Deerfield High School for 18 years.

Kate O'Connor has been a familiar face on North Shore and Chicago community theatre stages for 40 years. Recently she starred in Love, Loss and What I Wore inNaples, Florida. She appears in commercials and industrial films throughout the Midwest. Kate also does Presentation Skill coaching for executive teams.

Janet Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in music education for the love of it and a J.D. to earn a living. Featured in dozens of area musical and theatrical productions, she also directs youth musical productions and tours area schools and senior facilities with her one-woman themed musical programs.

Elizabeth Rude has acted professionally with Imagination Theatre and Bristol Renaissance Faire. Some of her Chicagoland credits include Noises Off, Soldier's Heart, Don't Dress for Dinner, Deathtrap, Moon Over Buffalo, A Man for All Seasons, The Dining Room, Mrs. Sorken, California Suite, and Dearly Departed. 

Sample Performances

A.A.U.W., Deerfield (2011) Remember the Ladies

Bannockburn Book Discussion Group (2010) Remember the Ladies

Country Book Club of Lake Forest (2012) Enchanted April (excerpts), (2016) Listening is An Act of Love,(2017)Woman a la Mode: A Lite Look at Aging

Covenant Village (2008) Woman à la Mode: A Lite Look at Aging

Deerfield Library (2006) Out of our Fathers’ House, (2008) Silhouettes and Songs (2009) Listening is an Act of Love

Deerfield Woman’s Club (2007) Woman à la Mode, (2008) The Pot Luck of Aging

East on Central (2009) Poetry and short story readings, celebrating East on Central authors (2011) Voices of Chicago: An Evening of Famous Poets With Highland Park Poetry at Highland Park Library, (2106) Once Upon a Poem at Highland Park Library, Presentation Skills Workshop (2018). Constructive critiques in small group interactions. ARTicuLIT will give your work a voice that resonates with your audiences.

Evanston Library (2006) Out of our Fathers’ House. (2007) Woman à la Mode

High Tea with Gerri, Long Grove, (2014) Out of Our Fathers' House, Woman a la Mode

(2015 and 2016) Remember the Ladies (2015), Voices of Chicago (2016)

Highland Park Community House, (2007-’08) Out of our Fathers’ House, Silhouettes and Songs, Woman à la Mode, Enchanted April (excerpts)

Highland Park Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Board Luncheon (2012) Out of Our Fathers’ House

Highland Park Poetry and East on Central, Voices of the Past, Highland Park History (2019)

Highland Park Senior Center (2006) Enchanted April (excerpts), (2008) Woman à la Mode

Highland Park Woman’s Club (2008) Woman à la Mode

Lake Forest Place (2008) Out of our Fathers’ House, (2013) Remember the Ladies

Lake Forest Women’s Club (2010) Remember the Ladies, Voices of Chicago

Luther Village (2008) Woman à la Mode

The Mather, Evanston (2015) Voices of Chicago: An Evening of Famous Poets

North Shore Congregation Israel (2009) Listening is an Act of Love

North Shore Senior Center (2009) Out of our Fathers’ House,

(2010) Remember the Ladies, (2015) Voices of Chicago

North Shore Unitarian Church of Deerfield Women's Club

(2017) Woman a la Mode: A Lite Look at Aging

Northbrook Library (2017) Out of Our Fathers' House

Presbyterian Church of Deerfield (2012) Out of Our Fathers’ House

Questers (2011) Out of our Fathers’ House

Short Story Theatre (2017) Listening is An Act of Love

Temple BJBE, Deerfield (2015) Woman a la Mode

Three Crowns Park Retirement Community (2011) Remember the Ladies, Voices of Chicago, Out of our Fathers’ House

Townley Women’s Club of Deerfield (2012) Out of our Fathers’ House

References available upon request.