Sauk Shorts

An evening of short plays by various authors

An annual Sauk tradition, Sauk Shorts is a celebration of short plays. Each play tells a complete story in 8-15 minutes. The plays will make you laugh, touch your heart and entertain you with their originality. Perhaps the most unique and original production in any Sauk season, Sauk Shorts guarantees something for everyone. This play does contain adult language and themes.  

September 10-12 at 8 p.m.

September 13 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Sandi Miller. 


Weekend Comedy

By Jeanne and Sam Bobrick

Two New York couples discover that, due to a booking error, they've rented the same cottage for a three-day weekend. One couple, Frank and Peggy, is sedate and middle aged. The other, Tony and Jill, are free-wheeling and young. They decide to share the cabin. Before long, the comedic clash between the generations begins! This play does contain adult language and themes.

May 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.

May 24 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Mark and Susan Pedrick. 


Yes Virginia,

There is a Santa Claus

By Andrew J. Fenady, Based upon the

teleplay by Val DeCrowl and Andrew J. Fenady

Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. Virginia wondered and wrote: "Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?" Ed Mitchell, the Sun's editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia's letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun's best and most dependable reporter.

December 3-5, 10-12 at 8 p.m.

​December 6 and 13 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Jonesville Lumber. 

Earlier This Season


A Hypnotizing Night

at The Sauk

with Dr. Benjamin Crofchick

Join us for the very first “hypnotizing” special event of the season. This family-friendly evening will be performed by Dr. Benjamin Crofchick who has performed all over the United States. This hilarious event will serve as a benefit for The Sauk’s building fund.​ Tickets are available in advance at, during Riverfest or at the door.

Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by The Grate Haus. 


A Man and His Prostate

A Comedy Starring Ed Asner

Written by Ed. Weinberger

Based on a true-life experience, a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy is masterfully transformed into a one-man comedy, perfectly portrayed by Ed Asner in his hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want. Asner is a master of comedy, and charms with his personality and distinct voice. While it is of serious health issue, A Man and His Prostate is highly entertaining while serving as a public service announcement for men to get prostate screening and check-ups.

July 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Key Realty. 


A Night of

Improv Comedy

Featuring GoProv

A seven-year tradition, The Sauk celebrates "Riverfest" with A Night of Improv Comedy featuring GoProv, a professional improvisational comedy troupe from Indiana. The entire evening is made up from suggestions from the audience. We guarantee you will laugh.

Tickets are available in advance at, during Riverfest or at the door.

Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Drews Place Assisted Living Communities. 


Living Room


By Various Authors

The Sauk is dedicated to the creation of new theatrical works. Theatre has always been a reflection of society. What better time to create art than now? Each week, three playwrights will be given a topic and will create a world premiere monologue that will be presented on The Sauk's Facebook page that weekend. This project is designed to "keep us together while we're apart."

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 26

This special event has no sponsor. 


The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Richard Crouse and Howard Lindsay

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. 

June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m.

June 21 and 28 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Olivia's Chop House and Saucy Dog Barbecue. 


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.  This play does contain adult language. 

October 15-17, 22-24 at 8 p.m.

October 18 and 25 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Comprehensive Health and Speech Therapy. 


Tony N' Tina's Wedding

By Artificial Intelligence

One of the longest running shows in Off Broadway history, this delightful evening gives new meaning to the phrase "And now for something completely different!" Audience members are the guests at the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in all its tacky and hilarious glory. Following the church service is a reception where the audience joins the wedding party and their bickering families for a pasta dinner, champagne toasts, cake and dancing to a five-piece band.  Your ticket price includes dinner. This play does contain adult language and themes.

July 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m.

​July 26 at 3 p.m.

Performances at Johnny T's Bistro.

Sponsored by County National Bank. 



'Gravity: A Union' and 'Sebastian Rising'

July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

'Clear Blue Sky' and 'The Long Wait'

July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Sauk is dedicated to the development of new theatrical works. Each year, we present staged readings of new plays still in the process of being written. After the readings, we invite the audience to respond to what they have heard. When they can, the playwrights attend these readings and join the discussion. These works may include adult themes and/or adult language. This is a free event.​

Sponsored by Gossage Eye Institute & Optical,

Country Carpets, Playford Real Estate

and Don Toffolo of Edward Jones. 



Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare

When the Duke of Vienna mysteriously leaves his post, his deputy Angelo is left in charge of the city. Angelo sets about enforcing strict morality laws that have previously been ignored.  When a young man named Claudio is arrested because his fiancee is expecting before their wedding, Claudio's sister, Isabella, comes to plead for mercy for her brother. Meanwhile, the Duke observes all the events in his city by taking on a disguise.  Shakespeare's dark comedy explores hypocrisy and judgement in a production directed by Aili Huber, who has previously directed Pigeon Creek's critically acclaimed productions of Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing.

November 7 at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by The Bregger Family Trust.


A Year With Frog & Toad

Music by Robert Reale,

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family.  

August 13-15, 20-22 at 8 p.m.

August 16 and 23 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by The Udder Side.