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HELLCAB

by Will Kern

Return of the Seasonal Favorite

directed by Ensemble Member Eric Burgher

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Now playing through January 11, 2015

 

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THE OTHER PLACE

Midwest Premiere

by Sharr White

directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: February 13 – 18, 2015

Press Opening: February 19, 2015

Run: February 19 – April 5, 2015Read More

 

Hellcab

Profiles Theatre announces that actor Richard Cotovsky returns to the role of the Driver in Profiles Theatre’s holiday season revival of Hellcab by Will Kern. Directed by Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, a cast of 34 joins Cotovsky as the beleaguered cab driver, a role he played for over two hundred performances during the World premiere. Profiles’ production runs at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, November 7, 2014 – January 11, 2015 with opening night Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 pm. Discount preview performances will be held November 7 - 12, 2014.

For the past two seasons, including the 20th Anniversary production in 2012, Profiles revisited Kern’s landmark play for the holiday season. Both productions recevied extended runs and played for over three months. First produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre in 1992, Hellcab was originally scheduled for twelve performances. It ended up running for over nine years, becoming one of the longest running shows in Chicago theatre history. Richard Cotovsky played the Driver for nearly 18 months including return engagements logging in well over two hundred performances to make him one of the longest performing actors to play the Driver during its premiere. Hellcab has been performed all over the U.S. and abroad, including Scotland, Israel, Singapore, and Ireland, winning numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival.

Hellcab presents a day in the life story of a cab driver in for the longest night of his life as he transports a bizarre and mysterious collection of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Playwright Will Kern draws from personal experience as a former cab driver to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a smug lawyer, a born-again couple, and a randy couple on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.

Directed by Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, Hellcab features a cast of 34 Chicago actors. Originally performed by a cast of one driver and six ensemble members playing multiple roles as the passengers, Profiles celebrates the diversity of Chicago by filling each ensemble role with a different actor. In addition to Richard Cotovsky’s return as the Driver, the passenger roles are performed by Charlotte Boer, Dennis Bisto, Amber Calderon, Maryann Carlson, Tamara Chambers, Charlee Cotton, Danon Dastugue, Jeff Dolecek, Carroll Furlough, Mary Franke, Jeff Gamlin, Carly Jo Geer, Drew Halliday, Grant Johnson, Brian Keys, Andrew Kudla, Vic Kuligoski, Laurie Lister, Ramissa Ma’at, Monty Montgomery, Whitney Pipes, Eric Salas, Brian Scannell, Mike Schiff, Judi Schindler, Terence Sims, Paige Taylor, Mari Uchida, Elias Valles, Geno Walker, Johnard Washington, Regina Whitehead-Mays and Jonah D. Winston.

WILL KERN (Playwright) is the author of Hellcab, one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. Originally produced in 1992 by Famous Door Theater, Hellcab was originally scheduled for twelve performances as a late show, but its success with audiences and critics kept it going. It eventually landed it on the main stage in 1993, where it stayed, with many cast changes and at various theaters, until 2002. The stories from Hellcab are taken from real life - 85% of the play is true, and happened to the author. The other 15% are based on stories heard. Some of Mr. Kern’s other theater writing credits include Kid Sister, which received its World premiere at Profiles Theatre in 2010 and Mothers and Tigers: True Stories of Korean Women at Chaimoo Theater, in Seoul, South Korea, in 2008. As a screenwriter, Mr. Kern wrote the film adaptation of Hellcab, the award-winning short film Pain Chain and Lost in Rome. His travel writing and non-fiction have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world as well. Currently, Mr. Kern teaches debate and narrative communication strategies at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. 

ERIC BURGHER (Director) is an ensemble member of Profiles Theatre where he most recently directed the Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. He assistant directed the Midwest premiere of In God's Hat by Rhett Rossi, Hellcab by Will Kern (both 2012 and 2013 productions), the American premiere of Apple by Vern Thiessen, the Midwest premiere of Blackbird by Adam Rapp and the Midwest premiere of Snakebit by David Marshall Grant. Eric also recently directed an original piece for arciTEXT, a new play festival with The Arc Theatre. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches acting and has directed in two 24-Hour play festivals as well as full productions of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca and The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute. 

“Highly Recommended! HELLCAB is a play of which I am congenitally fond!”

-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE


“Highly Recommended! Each charged encounter between Kern's long-suffering cab driver and his many quirky, sometimes disturbed customers crackles with wit. But the play's more than a series of funny scenes; taken as a whole, it's a moving spiritual journey about a man trying to find a glimmer of redemption in a fallen world!”

Jack Helbig, CHICAGO READER


“Recommended! Profiles assigns each of Hellcab's fares to a distinct actor, adding up to a total cast of 34 and making this production a nice showcase of sorts for a great many Chicago actors!”

-Kris Vire, TIMEOUT CHICAGO

 

Flex Pass

The Profiles Two Show Flex Pass makes the perfect holiday gift for yourself or a loved one! The Flex Pass is good for four admissions to any of our upcoming productions this season: THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White, GENIUS by Kate Walbert or OUR NEW GIRL by Nancy Harris. The pass is only $100 and you'll save over $60 off the price at the door! Tickets can be used in any combination of quantity and date for any of these productions with advance reservations. Call the box office at 773-549-1815 to order yours today!

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