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REASONS TO BE HAPPY

Midwest Premiere

by Resident Artist Neil LaBute

directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Now playing through October 12, 2014
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THE CRYPTOGRAM

20TH Anniversary Production

by David Mamet

directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus

The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway

Previews: September 26 – October 1, 2014

Press Opening: October 2, 2014

Run: October 2 – November 16, 2014

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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

Previews: November 7 - 12, 2014

Press Opening: November 13, 2014

Run: November 13 – January 11, 2015

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, 2015

GENIUS

World Premiere
by Kate Walbert

directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox

The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway

Previews: March 13 - 18, 2015

Press Opening: March 19, 2015

Run: March 19 – May 3, 2015

OUR NEW GIRL

Midwest Premiere

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: May 8 - 13, 2015

Press Opening: May 14, 2015

Run: May 14 – June 28, 2015

 

 

Profiles Theatre's 26th Season
Reasons to be Happy
The Cryptogram
Hellcab
The Other Place
Genius

Profiles Theatre Artistic Directors Darrell W. Cox and Joe Jahraus announce the titles for their 26th Season featuring a full slate of new and challenging works premiering at the Profiles Theatre Complex on North Broadway. The upcoming season features six productions including the Midwest premieres of Reasons to be Happy by Neil LaBute, the award-winning play The Other Place by Sharr White, the World premiere of Genius by Kate Walbert and the Midwest premiere of Our New Girl by Nancy Harris. Additionally, Profiles acclaimed production of Hellcab by Will Kern, one of Chicago theatre’s longest running hits and a seasonal favorite at Profiles for the past two years, returns again for the holiday season. These six productions alternate between Profiles’ two venues, The Main Stage at 4139 N. Broadway and The Alley Stage at 4147 N. Broadway.

"After an extremely rewarding 25th Anniversary, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the selections for the 2014-15 season,” Darrell W. Cox said. “We’ll launch our twenty-sixth year with the Midwest Premiere of Resident Artist Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Happy, his companion piece to reasons to be pretty, which we produced in 2011. Our commitment to new work, and finding strong female voices in particular, continues with the World premiere of Genius by Kate Walbert – a powerful new play by the novelist and writer of A Short History of Women, named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the New York Times.”

Joe Jahraus continued, “Some of our earliest years featured several plays by David Mamet and it’s an honor to return to his work with The Cryptogram, now celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Seldom seen in Chicago, it’s one of his most daring and personal stories. The award-winning drama, The Other Place, recently seen on Broadway, is an emotionally devastating and often surprising new work from talented playwright Sharr White. For the third consecutive year, we’ll bring back our acclaimed production of the Chicago classic, Hellcab for another ride during the holidays. Finally, we're very excited to announce that the season will close with the acclaimed new psychological drama Our New Girl by Nancy Harris fresh on the heels of its US premiere.”

Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the six exciting new shows for the 2013-2014. Get a 5 Ticket Pass for $125 or get a 10 Ticket Pass for $200. Save up to $150 off the price at the door and the passes are good for any performance. Tickets can be used in any combination of quantity and date for any production throughout the season with advance reservations. 

Reasons to be Happy

REASONS TO BE HAPPY

Midwest Premiere

by Resident Artist Neil LaBute

directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: August 22 - 27, 2014

Press Opening: August 28, 2014

Run: August 28 - October 12, 2014

 

Reasons to Be Happy is the companion piece to Neil LaBute's widely praised, 2009 Tony-nominated reasons to be pretty, a long running hit at Profiles in 2011. Three years after a contentious break-up, Steph and Greg wonder if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she’s married to someone else and he’s just embarked on a relationship with Steph’s best friend, Carly –a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings. Navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn’t going to be easy for any of them. Reasons to Be Happy, a funny, surprising, and poignant new comedy, explores the choices and sacrifices we make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal – happiness.

Reasons to Be Happy, produced by MCC Theater and directed by LaBute, premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater in June 2013. The production, starring Jenna Fisher, received critical acclaimed and an extended run. This marks Profiles Theatre’s eleventh premiere by Resident Artist Neil LaBute. Previous productions include the American premiere of In a Forest, Dark and Deep and acclaimed Midwest premieres of Wrecks, The Mercy Seat and Fat Pig as well as the World premiere of his revised stage version of In the Company of Men, recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Best New Adaptation.

 

 The Cryptogram

THE CRYPTOGRAM

20TH Anniversary Production

by David Mamet

directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus

The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway

Previews: September 26 – October 1, 2014

Press Opening: October 2, 2014

Run: October 2 – November 16, 2014

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet’s rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing – when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child’s terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code – a code that may never be breakable.

The Cryptogram received its world premiere in July 1994 at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, followed by US productions at the American Repertory Theater in February 1995 and Off-Broadway at the Westside Theater Upstairs in April 1995. Directed by Mamet, the play won the Obie Award for Best Play and Best Actress for Felicity Huffman. Arguably one of the most prolific and influential playwrights of the latter-20th century, David Mamet amassed an acclaimed, award-winning body of work including American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow and Oleanna for the stage alongside his screenplays for The Untoucables, The Verdict and House of Games among many others.

 

 Hellcab

HELLCAB

by Will Kern

Return of the Seasonal Favorite

directed by Ensemble Member Eric Burgher

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: November 7 - 12, 2014

Press Opening: November 13, 2014

Run: November 13 – January 11, 2015

 

For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts their acclaimed production of Will Kern’s Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie 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 born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo 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.

First produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre in 1992, the play, originally scheduled for twelve performances, ended up running for over nine years, becoming one of the longest running shows in Chicago theatre history. Hellcab, performed all over the U.S. and abroad, including Scotland, Israel, Singapore, and Ireland, won numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and later adapted for the screen by Kern in 1998.

 

 The Other Place

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, 2015


In Sharr White’s acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

The Other Place received its world premiere Off-Broadway at MCC Theater in 2011. The production, starring Laurie Metcalf, was nominated for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play from the Outer Critics Circle Awards. It later premiered on Broadway in a production by Manattan Theatre Club in 2013, also starring Metcalf, who received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. The Other Place won the 2010 Playwrights First Award and the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award. White’s plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country, including South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab and Key West Theatre Festival.

 

 Genius

GENIUS

World Premiere
by Kate Walbert

directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox

The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway

Previews: March 13 - 18, 2015

Press Opening: March 19, 2015

Run: March 19 – May 3, 2015

 

Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever after an uneasy dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening’s events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.

Kate Walbert, an award-winning novelist and playwright, is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Other works include Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004, The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecticut Book Award in Fiction, and Where She Went, a collection of linked stories and a New York Times notable book. Her plays include an adapted version of A Short History of Women with readings at the Powerhouse Theater and the Roundabout Theater, Elsewhere, featured in readings at Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova in New York as well as Year of the Woman, produced at the Yale Cabaret and the Lantern Theater in Philadelphia.

 


OUR NEW GIRL

Midwest Premiere

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: May 8 - 13, 2015

Press Opening: May 14, 2015

Run: May 14 – June 28, 2015

 

Our New Girl is a startling psychological drama about the darker side of modern parenthood. Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson's immaculate London home, things aren't as good as they look. Her plastic surgeon husband, Richard, has embarked on his latest charitable mission to Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel to cope with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger, and one who has an agenda of her own.

Our New Girl was just seen in its US premiere at New York’s Atlantic Theater in May 2014 following its sold out, extended run at London’s Bush Theatre in 2012. Nancy Harris, a young writer from Dublin, now living in London, was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn award and Best New Drama at the Irish Theatre Awards in 2012 for her play No Romance. She was also awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature along with the Stewart Parker New Playwright Bursary Award in 2012.

Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the exciting new shows for the 2014-2015 Season: REASONS TO BE HAPPY by Neil LaBute, THE CRYPTOGRAM by David Mamet, THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White, GENIUS by Kate Walbert and an acclaimed premiere to be announced soon! Profiles will also include the seasonal return of HELLCAB by Will Kern. Get a 5 Ticket Pass for $125 or get a 10 Ticket Pass for $200. Save up to $150 off the price at the door and the passes are good for any performance! Tickets can be used in any combination of quantity and date for any production throughout the season with advance reservations by calling the box office at 773-549-1815.

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Profiles Theatre opens their 26th Season with the Midwest Premiere of REASONS TO BE HAPPY by Neil LaBute, directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox. The production is now playing through October 12, 2014. Performances are held at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. For tickets or more information, call (773) 549-1815.

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Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the exciting new shows for the 2014-2015 Season: REASONS TO BE HAPPY by Neil LaBute, THE CRYPTOGRAM by David Mamet, THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White, GENIUS by Kate Walbert and an acclaimed premiere to be announced soon! Profiles will also include the seasonal return of HELLCAB by Will Kern. Get a 5 Ticket Pass for $125 or get a 10 Ticket Pass for $200. Save up to $150 off the price at the door and the passes are good for any performance! Tickets can be used in any combination of quantity and date for any production throughout the season with advance reservations by calling the box office at 773-549-1815.

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