• I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will play at the Varsity Center on February 8-10 & 14-17, 2019

    January 22, 2019
    I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is the 2nd longest-running off-Broadway show in history.  It is a musical comedy presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Think Almost Maine but with showtunes!
    Content Advisory:  due to adult themes and language, we recommend that children under 13 be accompanied by an attentive adult.
    Performances, show times, and tickets
    Joe DiPietro’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will play at The Varsity Center in Carbondale, IL, on February 8-10 & 14-17, 2019.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are only $7 on Thursday, February 14th.  The box office will be open from 5-7 p.m. February 4-9 and at 1 p.m. on February 10.  The box office will again be open from 5-7 p.m. February 13-16 and at 1 p.m. February 17.  You can also call (618) 549-5466 to purchase tickets or buy tickets any time by visiting https://stagecompany.org/
    Perfect for a Valentine’s Day DateThe show is perfect for couples of all kinds as well as anyone who has ever been in a relationship. 
    About the Author: Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, Joe DiPietro graduated from Rutgers University in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in English. DiPietro is best known for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, as well as for writing the book and lyrics for the long-running off-Broadway show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which was his first produced work.  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change ran for twelve years (5,003 performances) off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre.   He followed that up with 1998's comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, which played the John Houseman Theatre for 800 performances over two years.
    About the director:
    Director Jeff Keasler-Bird started his involvement in the arts when he was very young at the age of five.  Growing up in Indianapolis, IN, he acted throughout his childhood and his love for theatre continued to grow.  He became interested in the technical and production side of theatre in high school and began to focus his work in that direction.  After high school in 2008 he moved to the Southern Illinois area where he quickly became very involved in the regional theatre community.  He studied theatre at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg where he was their resident lighting technician from 2008-2011.  From there he branched out, working and sometimes acting with many other local theatre organizations including Pyramid Players, John A. Logan College, Dance4Grandma Theatricals, Skyline Creek Productions, Harrisburg High School’s Drama Department, The Anna Arts Center, Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy, and most recently, The Stage Company.
    In 2015 he established his own group called 13Theatrics, which has successfully produced five productions over the past three years including “Rock of Ages” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” both under his direction.  Other directorial credits include “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Little Women,” and Assistant Director for The Stage Company’s production of “The Hobbit” last summer.  He currently sits on their council as their ‘Publications Coordinator.’  He resides in Herrin and when not immersed in a production Jeff works as the administrative assistant at the Pavilion in Marion.
    Cast and Production Team
    Director:                                  Jeff Keasler-Bird
    Music Director:                       Derek M. Hamblin
    Stage Manager:                       Jodie Salazer
    Travis Westbrook
    Christine Lipe
    Seth Stearns
    Stephanie Reece Palermo
    Kevin Rathunde
    Kelly Rathunde
    Todd Brown, Stage Company PR