Profiles Theatre continues their 27th season with the Midwest premiere of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahruas. Profiles’ production is now playing at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, and has been extended through May 22, 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 Jerusalem 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.
Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, the cast of Jerusalem features ensemble member Darrell W. Cox as Rooster along with guest artists David Cady, Jr., Braden Crothers, Cody Davis, Duane Deering, Artistic Associate Jeff Gamlin, Lyssie Garrison, Alison Hixon, Christian Isely, Theo Moss, Erika Napoletano, Annie Pfohl, Eric Salas, Jake Szczepaniak, Samantha Tennant, Patrick Thornton and Scott Wolf.
“I’m so pleased that Profiles is bringing this landmark play to Chicago audiences,” says Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. “The themes of this audacious and original work are truly universal. Jerusalem takes us on an exhilarating journey as it explores the collapse of national identity, the defiance of the free spirit and our ever enduring need for myths, legends, magic and grand storytelling.”
JEZ BUTTERWORTH (Playwright) is an English playwright born in March, 1969. His writing credits include stage, film, and television. He attended university at St. John's College, Cambridge. Butterworth was inspired to study English after watching one of his brothers in a play at Cambridge. He co-wrote his first plays with his brother, Tom, and other friends. His first play, Mojo, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1995. It garnered the Olivier Award, as well as Evening Standard and George Devine awards. In 2001, Jez and Tom Butterworth wrote the film Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman. In May 2007, Jez Butterworth was honored with the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2008, his play Parlour Song opened to critical acclaim at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City. The play received its European premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London in March, 2009. Jerusalem, Butterworth's fourth play at the Royal Court Theatre, was a box-office and critical success. The play won an Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award. The production transferred to Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. On October 26, 2012, Butterworth's recent play, The River, opened on Broadway.
JOE JAHRAUS (Director) is an Artistic Director and founder of Profiles Theatre and most recently directed Profiles’ Midwest premiere of “Lovely Head” as part of Vices and Virtues, The Jacksonian, Our New Girl and The Other Place. His other directing credits with Profiles include The Cryptogram, Gidion’s Knot, In God’s Hat, The Dream of the Burning Boy, Sweet and Sad, the American premiere of In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute, the World premiere of Assisted Living by Deirdre O’Connor and the Midwest premieres of Fifty Words, Jailbait, The Mercy Seat, Great Falls, The Thugs and the World premiere of Kid Sister by Will Kern. Joe directed the long-running hit Fat Pig by Neil LaBute for which he received a Jeff Award Nomination for Outstanding Director. He also directed the Jeff Award-winning Blackbird and the Jeff Award-nominated Carnal Knowledge.
The designers are Thad Hallstein (set), Mike Rathbun (lights), Brandon Reed (sound), and AmarA*jk (costumes). Nate Dion serves as production stage manager.
The cast of Jerusalem includes Profiles ensemble member Darrell W. Cox as Johnny “Rooster” Byron. Guest Artists include David Cady, Jr., Braden Crothers, Cody Davis, Duane Deering, Jeff Gamlin, Lyssie Garrison, Alison Hixon, Christian Isely, Theo Moss, Erika Napoletano, Annie Pfohl, Eric Salas, Jake Szczepaniak, Samantha Tennant, Patrick Thornton and Scott Wolf.
DARRELL W. COX (Rooster) was most recently seen in Profiles' 20th Anniversary production of The Cryptogram by David Mamet and Profiles' Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. Darrell received his fourth Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance as Joe Cooper in Profiles' production of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts. Darrell has appeared at Steppenwolf in the World premiere of Men of Tortuga (where he originated the role of Taggart), the Midwest premiere of Orange Flower Water (which traveled to the Galway Arts Festival), and the World premiere of Wendall Greene. He has also been seen at the Goodman in The Shawl and Home as part of the David Mamet Festival, American Theatre Company's Speed the Plow and Oleanna as part of the Mamet Repertory, as well as Jim Jones in the Midwest premiere of The People's Temple, and the World premiere of Martin Furey's Shot at TimeLine, among others. He has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards for Principal Actor for his work in Profiles' productions of Killer Joe, Blackbird, Some Voices, and Eye of God. In addition, he has received two After Dark Awards for Outstanding Performance for Profiles' productions of Popcorn, and Carnal Knowledge. Darrell was seen in a recurring role as Uncle Ray on "Chicago Fire" on NBC and appeared in the film "AB-" which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and then appeared at Cannes, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others.
DAVID CADY, JR. (Parsons) is making his debut with Profiles. His recent credits include The Stranger in Balm In Gilead and Mickey in Golden Boy, both with Griffin Theatre. David has trained in Chicago with Black Box Acting School, Acting Studio Chicago and with Susan Hart and Jeffrey Carlson. He has a BA in Theatre Arts from Eastern Illinois University. He is represented by Shirley Hamilton, Inc.
BRADEN CROTHERS (Markey - alternating) is appearing with Profiles Theatre for the first time. His previous credits include Mary Poppins with Standing Ovation Theatre, Charlie Brown with Spotlight Youth Theatre and Finding Nemo with Rising Stars Theatre. Braden has also appeared in numerous print and television commercials including United Health Care and The Hartford.
CODY DAVIS (Whitworth Brother) is working with Profiles again after understudying the role of Bill Perch in The Jacksonian. His other credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman with Benevolent Theatre, Shadow Town with Her Story Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest with SC Theatre Festival, Rebecca with Spark Theatre, Annie with Afterthought Theatre, Tosca with Wichita Grande Opera and the Off-Broadway cast of Out of Oz.
DUANE DEERING (Whitworth Brother) makes his Profiles debut in Jerusalem. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, his credits include A Lie of the Mind with Second Thought Theatre, Melancholy Play with Upstart Productions, Picasso at the Lapin Agile with Runway Theatre and Mauritius with Harlequin Productions in Olympia, Washington. Duane also performs on various Chicago comedy stages and will soon be appearing in Theatre Momentum’s School of Life.
JEFF GAMLIN (Wesley) is an Artistic Associate with Profiles serving as the company’s production manager for the past year. Jeff's credits as a director include productions of Oleanna, All Over, Talk Radio, The Graduate, The Fall of the House of Usher, Play It Again, Sam, The Rocky Horror Show, and No Exit from his own adapted script. As an actor, he appeared in The Dream of the Burning Boy, substituting for Darrell W. Cox, three productions of Hellcab and understudied for Wrecks, all at Profiles, as well as The American Clock and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Redtwist, and the film Let’s Go to Prison.
LYSSIE GARRISON (Tanya) is making her Chicago debut with Profiles Theatre. Since recently moving from Pennsylvania, she has studied with Profiles Theatre and Acting Studio Chicago. Her favorite roles include Annette in God of Carnage with Keystone Repertory Theatre, the title role in Lysistrata, Katerinia in The Brothers Karamazov and Achilles in The Monster in the Garden at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
ALISON HIXON (Pea) is appearing in her first production with Profiles Theatre. Her favorite credits include Another Kind of Love with Infusion Theatre and Mercy's Girl, an independent film based in Chicago. Currently, Alison works as a freelance illustrator.
CHRISTIAN ISELY (Troy Whitworth) returns to Profiles after appearing as Fred Weber in the Midwest premiere of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. As a proud ensemble member of Otherworld Theatre, Christian has appeared in their productions of Fahrenheit 451, The Aurora Project and Gone Dark. Other Chicago credits include Confederates in the Attic with City Lit and A Christmas Carol Abridged with the Dream Theatre Company.
THEO MOSS (Marky - alternating) is thrilled to be making his debut at Profiles Theatre. He was last seen as Randy in Nick Bowling's production of Christmas Story the Musical at the Paramount Theatre. He has also been seen as Will's son in Big Fish at Theatre at the Center and a trick or treater in Jonathan Berry's production of Balm in Gilead. Theo was Ainslie Lafayette in Gary Griffin's production of Appropriate and has also been in numerous commercials and print ads.
ERIKA NAPOLETANO (Dawn) is appearing with Profiles for the first time. Her recent Chicago credits include Thomas Bradshaw’s Fulfillment at American Theatre Company, Washer/Dryer in its pre-off-Broadway run with Rasaka Theatre Company and Good People (U/S-performing) with Redtwist Theatre. Following Jerusalem, she’ll be joining the cast of the Olivier Award-winning Chimerica at TimeLine Theatre for its Chicago premiere.
ANNIE PFOHL (Fawcett) is appearing in her first Profiles Theatre production. She is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BFA in acting and moved to Chicago in May. Annie's Chicago credits include The Ugly Duckling and 50 States in 60 Minutes with Great Works Theatre, Out At Sea with the Chopin Theatre and Minimum Rage at Second City.
ERIC SALAS (Davey) returns to Profiles for the Midwest premiere of Jerusalsem after appearing in their 2014 production of Hellcab. His other recent Chicago credits include Paragon Fest with Otherworld Theatre and Hobo-Robo Fest with Hobo Junction Productions.
JAKE SZCZEPANIAK (Ginger)is thrilled to be back at Profiles Theatre where he was last seen in their long running Midwest premiere of Cock by Mike Bartlett. More recently he was seen as Draco Malfoy in Badfic Love at the Den Theatre. Other theatre credits include Burn This with Shattered Globe Theatre, Mnemonic with Red Tape Theatre, Changes of Heart with Remy Bumppo Theatre, Urinetown with Circle Theatre as well as work with Sideshow Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, The Hideout, (re)Discover Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Baliwick and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. A proud ensemble member of the Red Tape Theatre, Jake is also a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Acting Program
SAMANTHA TENNANT (Phaedra) is making her Profiles Theatre debut. Her favorite credits include Our Town, RENT, Into the Woods and Sondheim on Sondheim. She can also be seen in numerous Cold Case Files for the A&E network. Sam is currently a high school student at Lane Tech College Prep.
PATRICK THORNTON (Professor) is appearing with Profiles for the first time. His acting credits include The Bloodhound Laws at City Lit Theatre, Blissfield and Greetings at Victory Gardens Theatre as well as Angel City and In The Shadow Of The Glen at The Artistic Home. His directing credits include A Couple Of Nobodies, CCX, and the Jeff-nominated Five Women Wearing The Same Dress. His television and film credits include Calling It Quits, The Mambo Kings and Early Edition.
SCOTT WOLF (Lee) makes his Profiles Theatre stage debut after directing “Kandahar” as part of Vices and Virtues, as well as assistant directing Our New Girl, Genius, The Other Place, Reasons to be Happy and Cock. Previous acting experience includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore with AstonRep and multiple credits at Northwestern University. He proudly serves as Profiles' literary manager.
“Highly Recommended (Four Stars)! Among the many impressive achievements of the Profiles Theatre production of JERUSALEM is how immediately comprehensible and universal it turns out to be. This Midwest premiere is not just superbly directed by Joe Jahraus but features an exceptional portrayal of the pivotal role of Johnny “Rooster” Byron by Darrell W. Cox. And it is far more intimate, poignant and communal in feel than the 2011 Broadway edition. With a group of gifted young actors to play Rooster’s groupies in classic Chicago ensemble style — it arrives here with a far richer and more realistic quality that underlines its essential tragic edge!”
-Hedy Wesis – CHICAGO SUN TIMES
“Recommended! In his remarkable play JERUSALEM, playwright Jez Butterworth pays sophisticated dramaturgical tribute to the anti-heroes of bucolic Britain. This Chicago premiere is not only an artful and, at times, moving piece of work that honors the themes and complexity of the play, but it also manages to be a very different production from the original London and New York staging. In Chicago, it functions not so much as a star vehicle but as an ensemble piece. As Rooster, Darrell W. Cox gives one of his best pieces of work in a long career. The new intimacy of the piece allows talented designer Thad Hallstein (whose set is the best piece of storefront theater design in a long, long time) to frame Rooster's little caravan as if a patriotic diorama., And director Jahraus' approach allows the superb Jake Szczepaniak, who plays Ginger, one of Rooster's sidekicks, to shine with a kind of matinee articulation!”
-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Highly Recommended! Under Profiles Theatre Artistic Director Joe Jahraus’s direction, the Midwest premiere of Jez Butterworth’s play brings England to Chicago in a way that’s rural, raving, and raw. Darrell W. Cox is at his best spinning grandiose yarns (or are they?) Thad Hallstein’s set and AmarA*jk’s costumes poignantly convey the decay of one man and one way of life!”
-Marissa Oberlander, CHICAGO READER
“Highly Recommended! Much ink has been spilled about this play's bigger themes, but personally I enjoyed it for the fine attention to the subtleties of how people who have known each other for a long time, as friends or as enemies, interact. Director Joe Jahraus knows how to balance the big thematic and the small personal aspects, and his cast is both game for anything and utterly believable!”
-Hank Sartin, CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS
“Highly Recommended! Profile's production is well staged by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus who keeps the show moving steadily and Darrell W. Cox tackles the challenging role with great skill, energy, and toughness. The supporting players reveal a great sense of longing and their highs and lows are seen through many well executed moments!”
-Patrick Rybarczyk, BROADWAYWORLD.COM
“Highly Recommended! Profiles Theatre has offered a superlative staging of JERUSALEM, one that challenges and invigorates the audience in equal measure. The cast is uniformly excellent and Darrell W. Cox sinks his teeth in the role of Byron with unique relish, and spits out the character with a ferocious piece of acting!”
-Peter Thomas Ricci, CHICAGO THEATRE & CONCERT REVIEWS
“Recommended! Jez Butterworth’s sprawling, stirring, and exhilarating play JERUSALEM is now receiving an exceptional production at Profiles Theatre. Darrell W. Cox’s Rooster is saturated with grungy charisma and he gets outstanding support from the large supporting cast, who bring to boisterous and ribald life the wild assortment of characters. Director Joe Jahraus cast each role to perfection and more important, has guided each actor to a thorough understand of his or her character. To witness such outstanding work from a full 15 is a rare joy indeed. JERUSALEM is a one-of-a-kind dramatic experience and should not be missed!”
-Dan Zeff, CHICAGOLAND THEATER REVIEWS
The Advanced Scene Study Intensive is taught by Profiles' Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Robert Breuler. It offers a practical, Meisner based, very human approach to contemporary scene work. Audition is required as class size is limited to ten students.
Our intimate theatre, located just north of Wrigleyville, is conveniently located one block west of Lake Shore Drive, the Red Line at the Sheridan El stop, and numerous bus routes.