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THE JACKSONIAN

by Beth Henley
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: August 21 - 26, 2015
Press Opening: August 27, 2015
Run: August 27 - October 11, 2015Read More

 

HELLCAB

by Will Kern
Return of the Seasonal Favorite
directed by Ensemble Member Eric Burgher
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: November 6 - 11, 2015
Press Opening: November 12, 2015
Run: November 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016

 

VICES & VIRTUES

by Resident Artist Neil LaBute
World and Midwest Premieres
directed by Various Directors
The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway
Previews: January 15 – 20, 2016
Press Opening: January 21, 2016
Run: January 21 – March 6, 2016

 

JERUSALEM

by Jez Butterworth
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: February 12 - 17, 2016
Press Opening: February 18, 2016
Run: February 18 – April 3, 2016

 

The Village Bike

by Penelope Skinner
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: May 6 - 11, 2016
Press Opening: May 12, 2016
Run: May 12 – June 26, 2016

 

Profiles Theatre Artistic Directors Darrell W. Cox and Joe Jahraus announce the titles for their 27th Season featuring a full slate of new and challenging works premiering at the Profiles Theatre Complex on North Broadway. The upcoming season features five productions including the Midwest premieres of The Jacksonian by Beth Henley, Tony award-winning Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth and The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner plus the World and Midwest premieres of two evenings of short works by Neil LaBute in rotating repertory entitled Vices & Virtues. 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 three years, returns again for the holiday season. These five productions alternate between Profiles’ two venues, The Main Stage at 4139 N. Broadway and The Alley Stage at 4147 N. Broadway.

“We’re extremely pleased to open and close our 27th season with the strong and unique voices of female playwrights Beth Henley and Penelope Skinner,” said Joe Jahraus. “We’ve always admired Henley’s southern perspective on the peculiarities of the human condition and The Jacksonian finds her writing in top form. Then, we’re looking forward to introducing our audiences to the witty, provocative and insightful writing of Penelope Skinner. The Village Bike takes on sexual identity and the quest for personal freedom using dark humor and surprising candor.”

Darrell W. Cox continued, “We have respected Jez Butterworth's work for years and are thrilled to bring his bold new play Jerusalem to Chicago--a sprawling, exhilarating ride through 21st century shires England. Our ongoing collaboration with Resident Artist Neil LaBute continues with Vices & Virtues, two full evenings of his short works examining the many facets of love from differing perspectives. The evenings include World and Midwest premieres from one of the most prolific writers of our generation. For the fourth consecutive year, our acclaimed production of Will Kern's Chicago classic Hellcab returns for another spin through the holiday season with one of the largest ensembles in the city.”

Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the exciting new shows for the 2015-2016 Season! 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. Hurry, the new FLEX PASSES will only be available through August 31, 2015.

THE JACKSONIAN

by Beth Henley
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: August 21 - 26, 2015
Press Opening: August 27, 2015
Run: August 27 - October 11, 2015

 

Pulitzer prize winning playwright Beth Henley’s eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch’s now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as thesubversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable.

In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. The darkly humorous play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2012 in a production directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls with a cast featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. It later premiered in New York with the New Group in November 2013 with the same creative team. Beth Henley's best known plays include Crimes of the Heart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.

 

HELLCAB

by Will Kern
Return of the Seasonal Favorite
directed by Ensemble Member Eric Burgher
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: November 6 - 11, 2015
Press Opening: November 12, 2015
Run: November 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016

 

For the fourth 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.

VICES & VIRTUES

by Resident Artist Neil LaBute
World and Midwest Premieres
directed by Various Directors
The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway
Previews: January 15 – 20, 2016
Press Opening: January 21, 2016
Run: January 21 – March 6, 2016

 

An Evening of Vices. An Evening of Virtues. Running in rotating repertory, Profiles presents two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute, each filled with many surprises, both virtuous and otherwise. Each evening features stories of lust and hate, humor and sadness, virtue and depravity. Through them all, “love” will be the dominant theme--what it is, what it's not and how far it can be stretched.

This marks Profiles Theatre’s thirteenth collaboration with Resident Artist Neil LaBute. Previous productions include the American premiere of In a Forest, Dark and Deep and acclaimed Midwest premieres of Wrecks, reasons to be pretty, 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.

 

JERUSALEM

by Jez Butterworth
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: February 12 - 17, 2016
Press Opening: February 18, 2016
Run: February 18 – April 3, 2016

 

On St Georges Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny “Rooster” Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of locals want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. A comic, contemporary vision of rural England, Jez Butterworth's wildly original epic play is both a lament about the erosion of country life as well as a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world.

Following successful runs at London's Royal Court Theatre and transfer to London's West End, Jerusalem opened on Broadway in 2011 receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and the award for Best Actor in a Play for Mark Rylance.

Jez Butterworth’s other plays include Mojo and The Night Heron, both premiering at London’s Royal Court Theatre. He co-wrote the screenplays for Edge of Tomorrow and Get on Up and is currently writing the screenplay for London Calling about the British punk rock band, the Clash. 

The Village Bike

by Penelope Skinner
Midwest Premiere
directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Previews: May 6 - 11, 2016
Press Opening: May 12, 2016
Run: May 12 – June 26, 2016

 

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. 

Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the exciting new shows for the 2015-2016 Season: THE JACKSONIAN by Beth Henley, HELLCAB by Will Kern, two separate programs of VICES & VIRTUES by Neil LaBute, JERUSALEM by Jez Butterworth and THE VILLAGE BIKE by Penelope Skinner. 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. Hurry, the new FLEX PASSES will only be available through August 31, 2015.


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Profiles Theatre opens their 27th Season with the Midwest premiere of the acclaimed new play THE JACKSONIAN by Beth Henley, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. The production runs August 27 through October 11, 2015 at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Half price previews will be held August 21 - 26, 2015. For tickets or more information, call (773) 549-1815.

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Flex Pass

Profiles is once again offering its popular FLEX PASS to offer big savings on the exciting new shows for the 2015-2016 Season: THE JACKSONIAN by Beth Henley, HELLCAB by Will Kern, two separate programs of VICES & VIRTUES by Neil LaBute, JERUSALEM by Jez Butterworth and THE VILLAGE BIKE by Penelope Skinner. 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. Hurry, the new FLEX PASSES will only be available through August 31, 2015.