The Village Bike

by Penelope Skinner
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: August 26 - 31 , 2016
Press Opening: September 1, 2016
Run: September 1 – October 16, 2016


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Profiles Theatre concludes their 27th season with the Midwest premiere of THE VILLAGE BIKE by Penelope Skinner, beginning August 26 at the Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway.

Becky, newly pregnant yet sexually frustrated, finds her husband is more interested in baby books than her provocative new nightie, so she turns to fantasy created by the old porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, Becky takes matters into her own hands by purchasing a used bike meant to burn off energy, but ends up embarking on an adventure much, much further than she ever expected to go.

A darkly comic look at fantasy and romance, The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in June 2011 where it enjoyed a sold-out, twice-extended run followed by the American premiere at New York’s MCC Theater in 2014 featuring Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Greta Gerwig.

Penelope Skinner is a British playwright who came to prominence after her play Fucked was first produced in 2008 at the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival to huge critical acclaim and has had successive plays staged in London including at the Bush Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where she is a member of the Young Writers Programme. Her play Eigengrau, staged at the Bush Theatre in 2010, was a critical and box office hit and Skinner was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010. The Village Bike was her first play to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre where it had a sell out, twice-extended run starring Romola Garai and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, winning her the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2011. Also in 2011, she wrote episodes for the Channel 4 series Fresh Meat and her play The Sound of Heavy Rain was produced in Sheffield Theatres before going on tour sponsored by Paines Plough. Her play Fred's Diner was staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre's pop-up stage, following which The Independent newspaper described Skinner as "Our leading young feminist writer." In 2013 Skinner co-wrote the screenplay for the film How I Live Now.

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