Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Faculty and Alums Bring Third Eye Theatre Ensemble’s Opera ‘Darkling’ to the Stage Oct. 11-27

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty, alumni, and student talent is featured in the Third Eye Theatre Ensemble‘s production of Darkling, a one-act opera that tells the story of the descendants of the Holocaust.

Susan Padveen
Susan Padveen

The multimedia production is directed by Theatre Department associate chair Susan Padveen.

Teresa Elj

The cast includes Columbia College alum Teresa Elj ’19, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting with a Minor in Stage Combat.

Sheryl Williams

Columbia College alum Mariah Pendleton, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre Design, is the production’s scenic designer. Columbia College student Sheryl Williams, a senior in the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre, is the choreographer.


Darkling explores the mind of Anna, a descendant of the Holocaust, as she pieces together her heritage after her father’s death. Left with only a small box of mementos and photographs, Anna must face a long list of unasked and unanswered questions. What answers will she find in the darkest recesses of her mind? Through a combination of projections, spoken text, and song, Darkling immerses us into Anna’s thoughts as she struggles to connect the fragments of her own history. The production runs October 11 through 27 at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago’s Belmont Theatre District. For tickets, click here.