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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
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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, 2015Read More

 

 

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.”

The Profiles Two Show Flex Pass is available for a limited time only through February 13th! 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!

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.

The Profiles Two Show Flex Pass offer has been extended through April 5th! The Flex Pass is good for four admissions to any of our current productions this season: THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White and GENIUS by Kate Walbert or the upcoming 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!


Now PlayingGenius

Profiles Theatre continues their 26th Season with the World premiere of the new drama GENIUS, directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox and featuring guest artist Robert Breuler. The production runs March 13 through May 3, 2015 at The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. Half price previews will be held March 13 - 18. For tickets or more information, call (773) 549-1815.

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Flex Pass

The Profiles Two Show Flex Pass is available for a limited time only! The Flex Pass is good for two admissions to GENIUS by Kate Walbert and two admissions to 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 for any date with advance reservations. Call the box office at 773-549-1815 to order yours today!