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PRESENTS THE MIDWEST PREMIERE OF

Directed by Darrell W. Cox Assistant Directed by Elise Spoerlein Stage Managed by Maryann Carlson Assistant Stage Managed by Kristin Ford

Featuring: Eric Burgher, Hillary Marren, Linda Augusta Orr, Rakisha Pollard, Amanda Powell, Adam Soule

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CAST Gena................................................................................................................... AMANDA POWELL Katie..............................................................................................................LINDA AUGUSTA ORR Regan.................................................................................................................. HILLARY MARREN Jeff................................................................................................................................ ADAM SOULE Joe............................................................................................................................. ERIC BURGHER* Becky..................................................................................................................RAKISHA POLLARD *Denotes Profiles Ensemble Member SET TING A Suite at the Peninsula Hotel, New York City  BACHELORETTE is performed without intermission. P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F ARTISTIC DIRECTORS......................................................................Joe Jahraus, Darrell W. Cox DIRECTOR................................................................................................................... Darrell W. Cox MARKETING DIRECTOR.............................................................................................Marget Brue ASSISTANT DIRECTOR...........................................................................................Elise Spoerlein STAGE MANAGER...............................................................................................Maryann Carlson ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER...................................................................................Kristin Ford SET DESIGN..................................................................................................................... Scott Davis TECHNICAL DIRECTOR..................................................................................................Rick Julien LIGHT DESIGN..................................................................................................... Bekki Lambrecht COSTUME DESIGN........................................................................................................Erica Griese SOUND DESIGN/ORIGINAL MUSIC.......................................................................Jeffrey Levin PROP MASTER.......................................................................................................... Eileen Rozycki CASTING DIRECTOR............................................................................................. Matthew Miller UNDERSTUDIES........................................ Michael Carey, Jaclyn Hennel, Angela Sprinkle, Drew Leigh Williams, Richard Traub, Cristine Vrem-Ydstie PUBLICIST..............................................................................Cathy Taylor Public Relations Inc. POSTER ART..........................................................................................................Christopher Carr WEBSITE DESIGN.....................................................................................................Justin Siddons VIDEO DESIGNER......................................................................................................Quinn Wilson INTERNS..................................................Graham Albachten, Carly Jo Geer, Grace Stratton Profiles Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company and is partially supported by a CityArts Program One grant from the City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. General operating support is also provided by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Baird Brown Charitable Fund of The Chicago Community Foundation and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

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Joe Jahraus, Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, Artistic Director

After 23 years of producing plays at Profiles, our mission statement written years ago still stands today - Profiles Theatre’s primary goal is to bring new works to Chicago that illuminate the determination and resiliency of the human spirit. And while I think we’ve been successful on this journey, we are often identified with introducing some of the most raw, emotional, violent, sexual, terrifying stories to Chicago. Over the years, people have asked me if our intent is to provoke? It’s a good question - a valid one to say the least. Watching Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette, I am reminded of the pertinence of this question. I read her play early in 2011 and loved it immediately. Very simply, Leslye has one of the most unique voices of her generation--willing to lay bare the human condition from a female perspective in a way I have never seen. She writes so unapologetically and viciously, that you can’t help but laugh. So back to that question, are we drawn to these works to shock the audience? Yes…and no. Because believe me, as you watch this play you will be shocked by something. Still, we have always been most attracted to the truth and therefore the pain inherent in that truth - many times that can get ugly. Very. However, the beauty in these stories makes them special and worth telling. If only for a moment, a person can look outside their self to love and care for another, then something really special has occurred. We’ve always found a flower growing in a desert more unique, familiar, and ultimately precious than a garden filled with roses. So, in spite of the cruel murders in Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living, the absolute poverty, disease and addiction in Adam Rapp’s Blackbird or the brutal violence of Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe—finding those few moments of deep, profound love for another human being amid penatrating darkness makes everything else in the story worth experiencing. Perhaps it is even necessary for the audeince to see a certain amount of darkness in order to really preceive the love that exists in these stories. With this in mind, as you watch Bachelorette tonight, on your way home, or maybe at work tomorrow, I truly hope you’ll think about that moment or two that affected you in the middle of all the outrageous behavior. That is what makes this whole story worth telling. We would like to thank you for spending the next hour and a half with us. Enjoy the show. Sincerely,

Darrell W. Cox Artistic Director BACEHLORETTE BACHELORETTE 3 3


CAST BIOGR APHIES ERIC BURGHER (Joe) is an ensemble member of Profiles Theatre and most recently appeared as Mervyn in Profiles’ Midwest Premiere of A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE by Martin McDonagh. Prior to that, he was seen in the World Premiere of A BEAUTIFUL SPELL by Greg Kalleres, with Rare Terra Theatre at the Royal George. Eric’s most recent Profiles appearances include the Midwest Premiere of JAILBAIT by Deirdre O’Connor, and the World Premiere of KID SISTER by Will Kern. Other appearances at Profiles include FAT PIG, GRACELAND, THIS IS HOW IT GOES, BODY AWARENESS, “Land of the Dead” as part of Profiles’ Midwest Premiere of LaBute shorts,THINGS WE SAID TODAY, AUTOBAHN (which received an After Dark Award for “Outstanding Ensemble”), THE GLORY OF LIVING, THE RADIANT ABYSS and NOISE. Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches acting. HILLARY MARREN (Regan) is making her Profiles debut in BACHELORETTE. Originally from Ohio, she has spent the bulk of her two years in Chicago performing with her sketch group VAMPEERO PRODUCTIONS and putting her musical theatre degree to good use as a founding member of CATALYST CABARET. Hillary spent a year abroad in New Zealand where her past theatrical credits include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with North Shore Music Theatre, ROMEO AND JULIET with Shoreside Theatre, and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST with Ellerslie Theatrical Society. LINDA AUGUSTA ORR (Katie) appears at Profiles for the first time. She is a member of the house team, CARL AND THE PASSIONS at iO Chicago and can be seen performing weekly in the improv show, CHICAGOLAND at the Annoyance 4 Profiles Theatre

Theatre. She most recently finished shooting her 4th independent feature and can also be seen performing with improv teams Almost Atlanta and Elenore. RAKISHA POLLARD (Becky)

is making her Profiles debut in BACHELORETTE. She was last seen in all three productions of Laura Jacqmin’s DENTAL SOCIETY MIDWINTER MEETING, which premiered at Chicago Dramatists’ and subsequently remounted at 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake last summer. Other Chicago credits include STAGE DOOR with Griffin Theater Company, THE EDWARD HOPPER PROJECT with WNEP Theater, and Chekhov’s IVANOV with Sinnerman Ensemble, directed by Sheldon Patinkin. Rakisha is a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and is represented by Big Mouth Talent. AMANDA POWELL (Gena) is from Gainesville, Florida and is making her Profiles Theatre debut. She has most recently been seen as Rosemary in Jose Rivera’s BRAINPEOPLE with UrbanTheater Company for which she earned a Jeff Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other recent credits include Victoria in Ike Holter’s BIG BAD SPOOKTACULAR: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO! produced by Nothing Without a Company, Lisa in Duncan Ridell’s film OLDER CHILDREN produced by Seven Thirty Pictures and Magdalena in Tanya Saracho’s OUR LADY OF THE UNDERPASS at 16th St. Theatre. ADAM SOULE (Jeff)

is making his Profiles debut in BACHELORETTE. He was last seen as Arnolphe in WOMAN SCHOOL for Vintage Theatre Collective where he is a company member. Other Vintage credits include Alceste in the tour of THE MISANTHROPE and Gerald in A


C A S T B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) WINTERTIME TALE. Adam has spent the last three years completing his comedy training at The Annoyance, iO, and The Second City Conservatory while working on commercials for companies such as Coke Zero and Sears. Other Chicago credits include NOT ABOUT HEROES for the Feltre Library Theatre, BLOODY POETRY for Idle

Muse and SLEEPING BEAUTY for Chicago Kids Company. While in Boston, Adam worked for Commonwealth Shakespeare, Publick Theatre, Centa Stage, Boston Theatre Works, Mill 6, and Improv Asylum. Adam is also on a house improv team for One Group Mind, a member of SAG, and is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F LESLYE HEADLAND (Playwright) works in Los Angeles as a writer and director. She directed and adapted the screenplay for the film version of BACHELORETTE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Her playwriting credits include the SEVEN DEADLY PLAYS, a series that explores ancient vices in an unfortunately modern generation. The six works written so far consist of CINEPHILIA (lust), BACHELORETTE (gluttony), ASSISTANCE (greed), SURFER GIRL (sloth), REVERB (wrath) and THE ACCIDENTAL BLONDE (envy), which all premiered at the IAMA Theatre Company where Headland remains an artist in residence. ASSISTANCE premieres at Playwrights Horizons Main Stage Theatre in New York in 2012 and she is working on her final play for the series (pride), as well as commissions for Second Stage Theatre in New York and South Coast Repertory. For television, she wrote the first and only season of TERRIERS, created by Ted Griffin and produced by Shawn Ryan, on FX and is developing a pilot for HBO based on Julie Klausner’s memoir I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND. She is also currently developing her “2008 Black List” screenplay. Headland holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and also studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School where she received the Robert Moss Prize. DARRELL W. COX (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of Profiles Theatre and most recently directed the American premiere of THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA by Anthony Neilson. Prior to that, he directed Profiles’ Midwest premieres of THIS IS HOW IT GOES, “Coax” and the titular piece from THINGS WE SAID TODAY and Profiles’ long running hit, AUTOBAHN, all by Neil Labute. Mr. Cox has directed numerous

productions for Profiles over the years including the Midwest premieres of THE RADIANT ABYSS by Angus MacLachlan and WONDER OF THE WORLD by David Lindsay-Abaire. Other directorial credits for Profiles include THE WATER ENGINE, HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES and THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SERIES. ELISE SPOERLEIN (Assistant Director) is a recent graduate from Ball State University and is thrilled to be making her Profiles debut. She made Chicago her home after her introduction to Chicago theatre by interning at A Red Orchid Theatre last summer. Soon after graduation she worked alongside American Blues Theater and their production of WAITING FOR LEFTY. Most recently she appeared as Jane in IN THE JUNGLE with Wakadoo Productions in support of the Howard Brown Health Center. Past theatre school credits include SILENCE, SUICIDE IN B FLAT, AVENUE A, STRING OF PEARLS, and ALMOST, MAINE, among others. Although acting is her forte, she is no stranger to directing after being taught by A Red Orchid Theatre Ensemble Member and Ball State professor Karen Kessler. MARYANN CARLSON (Stage Manager) is an ensemble member of Profiles and serves as Profiles’ Internship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the Advanced Scene Study Intensive. She has stage managed several productions at Profiles including GRACELAND, MEN OF TORTUGA and IN A DARK DARK HOUSE. She comes to Chicago from the great state of Massachusetts and graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont in 2004. Maryann has served as assistant stage manager at Lowell Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA and a scenic painter at both TheBACHELORETTE 5


P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F ( c o n t .) atre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI and The Arundel Barn Playhouse in Arundel, ME. She toured for two years with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Most recently she has performed with Chicago Kids Company in their production of CINDERELLA. KRISTIN FORD (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent transplant to Chicago. She graduated with her Bachelors in Speech and Theatre with a minor in Dance from Wagner College in Staten Island. In Chicago, she just finished understudying for Anne in Profiles Theatre’s World premiere of ASSISTED LIVING. Most recently she was an Associate Producer with Roust Theatre Company Off Broadway where she helped produce TWO ROOMS and MACBETH. She was the stage manager for THE CRUMPLE ZONE at The Kraine Theatre and Assistant Stage Manager for PSYCHO BEACH PARTY both Off Broadway in NYC. Off Broadway acting credits include Marnie in MUSE FOR THE DISAFFECTED at The American Globe Theatre’s 15 minute play festival, Lady Macduff and Witch #1 in MACBETH as well as thirteen different roles in the World premiere American translation of THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE with Roust Theatre, Blue in BEIRUT with Blue Coyote Theatre and Lizzie Borden in LIZZIE BORDEN’S TEMPEST at The NYC Fringe Festival. SCOTT DAVIS (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Profiles for the first time. His previous design credits include MURDER FOR TWO: A KILLER MUSCIAL, SHORT SHAKES! MACBETH at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, RED LIGHT WINTER at Mary-Arrchie Theater, VENUS, WHERE WE’RE BORN at Steppenwolf Garage, UNDER THE BLUE SKY at Steep Theater, REGINA TAYLOR’S STATES OF AMERICA, PERIBANEZ, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, IN TROUSERS, MASS, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Northwestern, FILTHY RICH, THE COLORED MUSEUM at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. He was the Associate designer for INTO THE WOODS at The Alliance Theater, TRINITY RIVER PLAYS at The Goodman Theatre and IN THE HEART OF AMERICA at Rep Stage. RICK JULIEN (Technical Director) has been the Technical Director for Profiles since JAILBAIT. Rick is also the Technical Director at the Beverly Arts Center. He has 6 Profiles Theatre

been the TD for a majority of The BoHo Theatre’s productions including the Jeff Award Winning set for I AM MY OWN WIFE. Rick is the TD for upcoming productions for Stage Left Theatre. He has been involved in theater and live productions for over 20 years. BEKKI LAMBRECHT (Lighting Design) is excited to be working with Profiles Theatre again after designing lights for their World premiere of ASSISTED LIVING. As a student at Millikin University, she had the opportunity to design several productions including CHEATED and GAY CABARET with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, and THE LIGHT OF MAN and THE TWILIGHT ZONE with Last Chance Theatre. More recently she was the designer for CAROUSEL with Starlight Theatre of Wilmette. ERICA GRIESE (Costume Design) returns to Profiles Theatre after designing costumes for their World premiere of ASSISTED LIVING. Her recent design credits include A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, CLEAN HOUSE, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE WILD PARTY, and METAMORPHOSES at Indiana University, THERE GOES THE BRIDE at Brown County Playhouse, DRAWER BOY at Cardinal Stage, and the film WALK-IN. As a Costume Design Assistant, Erica has worked with the American Players Theatre, Oregon Shakepseare Festival, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Erica holds an MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University. JEFFREY LEVIN (Sound and Music Design) is thrilled to be working again with Profiles. He is a composer, sound designer, music director, and instructor living in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a BM in music composition from Columbia College Chicago where he studied composition, piano performance and conducting. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree in composition at DePaul University. His music has been performed by musicians from ensemble dal niente, Gaudete Brass Quintet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and more. For theater his original music and sound design has been featured at several Chicago theaters including several productions with Profiles including ASSISTED LIVING, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, 50 WORDS, REASONS TO BE


P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F ( c o n t .) PRETTY, KID SISTER, and JAILBAIT, as well as various plays with Stage Left, Serendipidty Theatre Collective, Collaboraction and for productions at Columbia College and McGill University. As a performer, he plays piano for various events and venues in Chicago. He also teaches music theory and composition at the Merit School of Music, DePaul University, and privately. Upcoming projects outside of Profiles include sound design, music direction, and piano performance for FUCKIN A with Urban Theater Company,

co-sound design for THE FISHERMAN with Stage Left, and a world premiere composition for piano and drum kit at DePaul University on March 12, 2012. To hear works and for contact info please visit www.jeffreylevinmusic.com CATHY TAYLOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC. (Publicist) was started in March 2007 to promote Chicago’s local non-profit theaters. For more about Cathy Taylor Public Relations and its clients, please visit www. information.cathytaylorpr.com.

BACHELORETTE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

SPECIAL THANKS Laura Williams, The Royal George Theatre, Neil LaBute, Matthew Miller, Bob Schroeder and Donna Simon Dunn at Aria Talent, Cleve Carney, David Reed and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Benjamin Theim, Ian Streicher, Myrna Petlicki, Jessica Antes, Justin Siddons, Cherryl Marcey, Patrick Fuller, Cassie Lynch, Emily Ursini, Chris Senabaugh The Burgher Family, The Saints, Bob Chicoine, Jake Jahraus, Greg Yaeger, and Tracy Frank, Caitlin Fuller and everyone at FOOTLIGHTS.

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Playwright Leslye Headland Leslye Headland spoke to the Profiles Artistic Director and show director Darrell W. Cox about the ambiguity of modern morality and making the transition from stage to screen. Darrell W. Cox: Bachelorette is the second play in your Seven Deadly Sins Cycle, where did the idea to write a play for each sin come from? Leslye Headland: I wrote a play called Cinephilia, about a pair of “friends with benefits” who are obsessed with movies. Movies were essentially the only way they could relate to one another. After I finished this play I found myself thinking about present-day moral issues and the generation currently in their late twenties and early thirties and I came up with the idea of writing a play for each sin. Cinephilia became the lust play and Bachelorette is the gluttony play. DWC: That’s interesting. What do you think draws you to exploring morality so explicitly? LH: Moral standards shift so much between age groups and genders that I became really interested in moral double standards: some forms of bad behavior are accepted and others aren’t. Like in Bachelorette, it is not okay to be overweight but it is okay to act like a crazy person. I wanted to ask the audience do you agree with this? I didn’t want to write any sort of an ancient morality play where the audience is told don’t do this. Instead, I wanted to create something and leave it in their hands. Yet, I did want to tackle these moral gray areas on a social level because where do you end up if you’re not thinking about these things? DWC: So, it sounds like you sort of see your writing as a jumping off point? LH: I write about a certain age group because I was that age when I started writing these plays, but also because I wonder 8 Profiles Theatre


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also because I wonder where certain behaviors start. Adulthood now starts in the late twenties and early thirties, so if you don’t sort of check yourself morally when you finally become a grown-up when are you going to do it? There are a lot of not very nice people in the world but they didn’t emerge from the womb that way, so you have to ask what molded them to be this way? PT: Bachelorette is a wild story, did it come from your personal experience? LH: No, it didn’t. It’s funny though, I’ve people say to me, “Oh my gosh I had such a similar experience to that.” Actually, I wanted to write about gluttony and drug addiction and really just ‘feel-good addictions,’ in general and I feel that a lot of over-thetop party-seeking behavior really comes from self-pity. So I thought, “Where are women the most self-pitying” and I came to the conclusion that it’s probably somebody else’s wedding. They’re being celebrated, they’re moving into adulthood and everybody else is just miserable.

“(In plays) you get to put characters in a room and see what kind of havoc they’re going to wreak.” -Leslye Headland

PT: On a totally different note, Bachelorette has been turned into a feature film. How did you reshape the story to make it appropriate for film? LH: Having written for film and coming from the position of an assistant to an executive producer I know that movies are slaves to plot. David Mamet put it really well, “In plays people are wondering what’s happening and in movies they’re wondering what’s happening next.” In movies, you’re constantly trying to serve the plot and the characters are the conduits as well as the obstacles to the plot. But plays are much more character based and that’s one of the reasons I love writing them so much. You get to put characters in a room and see what kind of havoc they’re going to wreak. It isn’t quite so A to B to C. It’s more atmospheric, environmental and sometimes darker too. 10 Profiles Theatre


S U P P O R T E R S O F P R O F I L E S T H E AT R E Profiles Theatre is a not-for-profit organization and donations are GREATLY encouraged and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to Profiles Theatre this evening you may leave it with the box-office manager at the front desk. You may also visit Profiles’ website at www.profilestheatre.org and click on the donation icon or mail your check directly to Profiles Theatre at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613. Many thanks to the following for their generous financial contributions or volunteer services and special thanks to the Greg and Anne Taubeneck Family Fund at The Chicago Community Trust.

D O N AT I O N $1000 OR MORE Alderson, John, Phyllis & Birdwatch Carney, Cleve Graeff, Cheryl Henderson, Martha & Steve Michael’s Restaurant Stasiw, Barbara and John $300-$999 Beatus, Bruce Blaylock, Chelsea Brue, Marget Catch 35 Dekker, Melody Eglit, Howard Hartzel, Bud & Peggy Invision Carpet Systems Marcus, Marshall & Stitzer, Carol Raynonich, William Jason Rudstein, David S. The Saints Torem Family $200-$299 Anderson, Douglas The Burgher Family Ellis, Jeff Finger, James Freed, Harvey M., M.D. Gray, Vicki Hersh, Stephen McCracken, Peggy Miller, Matthew Pellegrino, James Mark Quads Gym Yaeger, Greg $100-$199 Boss Bowman’s Restaurant Carlson, Mr. & Mrs.

Dann, Jeremy Eisenberg, Maureen Gertz, Gwynne Guenther, Robert Hamilton Communications Hebert, Joy King, Reginald Krause, Arnold & Natalie Lavrik, Viktor Livnat, Miry & Alexander Nicholson, Toby & Juanita Princess Cleaners Razzi, Christina Robinson, Neal Rousseau, T. Marsall Savitt, Jan Simon, James & Andra The Dworak Family Walker, Bradley Washlow, Robert & Roberts $99 OR LESS Anderson, Courtney Antes, Jessica Bartolo, Brad Berti, Jonathan Boart, Jason Bratschie, Ian Bringley, Maureen Burgher, Cindi Coats, Janelle Collins, Kristin Cordileone, Lisa Cudd, Jeremey Danforth, Kathryn Dann, Jeremy Emil, Glenn Fink, David Friedman, Erik Goggin, Erin Goldin, Nancy Goldin, Robert

Goodloe, David Goodman, Brian Gray, Jamielyn Gray, Linda Hake, Ryan Harris, Boyd Irving, Anna Janowitz, Marla Michele Johson, Jill Latta, Caroline Lee, Eric Lessman, Steven & Ann Liston, Maggie Luke, Scott Allen Lumena, Dani Meadows, Gwendolyn McCabe, Jack McGregor, Corey Nagel, Charene & Dan Parenti, Brian Pinson-Rose, Will Plocinski, Jenn Poillen, Dr. William & Florence Price, Susan Pries, Bob Quill, Shana Renn, Luke Rodriquez, Haydee Rogers, Patricia Rosenbloom, Mark Schmidt, Lindsay Schnell, Dennis Scmtner, Caleb Sebahar, Mary Shallow, Mark Stix, David & Arlene Torbica, Dan Torres, Nikolia Urteaga, Bryan Walker, Brad Wilson, Brian E. Young, Helen BACHELORETTE 11


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P R O F I L E S T H E AT R E P R O D U CT I ON H I S TO R Y 2011/2012 - ASSISTED LIVING (WORLD PREMIERE) by Deirdre O’Connor

2008 – IN A DARK DARK HOUSE (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2011 - A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Martin McDonagh

2008 – THIS IS HOW IT GOES (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2011 - FIFTY WORDS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Michael Weller

2007 – THINGS WE SAID TODAY (WORLD & MIDWEST PREMIERES) by Neil LaBute

2011 – REASONS TO BE PRETTY (CHICAGO PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2007 – SOME GIRL(S) (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2010 – KID SISTER (WORLD PREMIERE) by Will Kern

2007 – APPLE (AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Vern Thiessen

2010 – JAILBAIT (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Deirdre O’Connor

2006/2007 – FAT PIG (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2010 – BODY AWARENESS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Annie Baker

2006 – AUTOBAHN (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2010 – KILLER JOE by Tracy Letts

2005/2006 – THE GLORY OF LIVING by Rebecca Gilman

2009 – THE MERCY SEAT (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Neil LaBute

2005 – THE RADIANT ABYSS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Angus MacLachlan

2009 – GRACELAND (WORLD PREMIERE) by Ellen Fairey

2005 - REPARATION (WORLD PREMIERE) by David Schulner

2009 – THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA (AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Anthony Neilson

2004 - BLACKBIRD (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Adam Rapp

2009 – GREAT FALLS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Lee Blessing 2008 – THE THUGS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Adam Bock 2008 – MEN OF TORTUGA by Jason Wells 14 Profiles Theatre

2004 - NOISE (MIDWEST PRMIERE) by Alex Jones 2003 - WONDER OF THE WORLD (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by David Lindsay-Abaire 2003 – SNAKEBIT (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by David Marshall Grant


P R O F I L E S T H E AT R E P R O D U CT I ON H I S TO R Y ( c o n t .) 2002 – JUMP TO COW HEAVEN (AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Gill Adams 2002 – SOME VOICES (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Joe Penhall 2001/2002 – DOGS BARKING (AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Richard Zajdlic 1999/2000/2001 - POPCORN (AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Ben Elton 1999 - STRAY DOGS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Julie Jensen 1998 - BABYLON GARDENS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Timothy Mason 1997/1998 - EYE OF GOD (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Tim Blake Nelson 1997 - PADDYWACK (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Daniel Magee 1996/1997 - THE BABY DANCE (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Jane Anderson 1996 - GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER by Sam Shepard 1995 - GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS by David Mamet 1995 - DEATH KNOCKS by Woody Allen 1995 - ZARA SPOOK AND OTHER LURES (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Joan Ackerman 1994 - REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Rod Serling

1994 - THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SERIES by Rod Serling (Remounted in 1995) 1994 - HITTING TOWN by Stephen Poliakoff 1994 - HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES by Alan Ayckbourn 1993 - THE WATER ENGINE by David Mamet 1993 - MINOR DEMONS (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Bruce Graham 1992 - THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR by Joe Orton 1992 - ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler 1992 - CHARLIE THE CHICKEN By Jonathan Levy 1992 - CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Jules Feiffer 1991 - DOGG’S HAMLET by Tom Stoppard 1991 - INTERVIEW by Jean-Claude van Itallie 1991 - BATTERY (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Daniel Therriault 1990 - TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard 1990 - SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet 1989 - THE DAY ROOM (MIDWEST PREMIERE) by Don DeLillo 1988 - THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue

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the Ensemble

History

Joe Jahraus, Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, Artistic Director Ensemble Members Eric Burgher, Maryann Carlson, Greg Yeager, Sal V. Armano, Wayne Karl

Profiles Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company now celebrating its 23rd Anniversary Season of producing plays in Chicago. Founded in 1988 by five Eastern Illinois University alumni, the company was originally called Profiles Performance Ensemble. Profiles was in residence at the Wright College Theatre Building until 1990, when Artistic Director Joe Jahraus directed Profiles’ first play at the theatre’s current home 4147 N. Broadway - a hit production of David Mamet’s SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO. The following year, Associate Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox joined the ensemble. Darrell has a BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University in Texas and first performed with Profiles in their long-running production of Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST. Profiles shortly thereafter became the resident company at the Broadway address, formerly known as Red Bones Theatre, and took over all management responsibilities for the 65-seat theatre. The ensemble officially changed the name of the company and of the theatre space to Profiles Theatre in 1995. In 2010, Profiles acquired the former Stage Left Theatre space at 3408 N. Sheffield, renaming it The Second Stage. The 55seat theatre was renovated and maintained by Profiles as a viable, affordable performance space for young, emerging, and established itinerant companies as well as an alternative venue for Profiles’ extended runs. Today, Profiles still maintains a small, tightly knit ensemble whose other members include Eric Burgher (2003), Maryann Carlson (2011), Greg Yaeger (1994), Sal V. Armano(1993), and Wayne Karl (1990). Profiles Theatre’s primary goal is to bring new works to Chicago that illuminate the determination and resiliency of the human spirit. They produce World, US and Midwest Premieres by promising new playwrights as well as established writers whose work has been seen around the globe. They take pride in carefully selecting scripts that combine integrity with risk, and are particularly drawn to playwrights with a unique narrative style and use of language. Profiles Theatre is committed to producing plays that tell a story in a captivating way, ones that will complement the ensemble and speak to their audience.

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