Midwest Premiere

by Beth Henley

directed by Artistic DirectorJoe Jahraus

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

August 21 – October 11, 2015

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Profiles Theatre Artistic Directors Darrell W. Cox and Joe Jahraus announce that the first production of their 27th Season will be the Midwest premiere of the darkly humorous play The Jacksonian by Beth Henley. This acclaimed new work launches the 2015-16 season at Profiles’ The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. The production runs August 21 – October 11, 2015 with the press opening on Thursday, August 27 at 8 pm..

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 his now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as the subversive 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.

Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, the cast for the Midwest premiere of The Jacksonian will be announced soon.

The full slate of new and challenging works premiering at the Profiles Theatre Complex on North Broadway for 2015-16 will be also be announced soon. These productions continue to alternate between Profiles’ two venues, The Main Stage at 4139 N. Broadway and The Alley Stage at 4147 N. Broadway.

BETH HENLEY (Playwright) was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Her plays have been produced internationally and translated into over ten languages. Crimes of the Heart and The Wake of Jamey Foster were performed on Broadway. Off-Broadway productions include: The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Impossible Marriage, and Family Week. Her play Ridiculous Fraud was produced at McCarter Theatre as well as South Coast Repertory Theatre. Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Crimes of the Heart. Other awards include: American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwrighting; Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for Crimes of the Heart and Ridiculous Fraud; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007; ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010. Ms. Henley has the honor of serving as Theatre Arts Presidential Professor at LMU, Los Angeles.

The Jacksonian will be directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus.

JOE JAHRAUS (Director) is an Artistic Director and founder of Profiles Theatre and most recently directed Profiles' Chicago premiere of The Other Place and the 20th Anniversary production of The Cryptogram by David Mamet as well as Midwest Premieres of Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, In God's Hat by Rhett Rossi, The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read and Sweet and Sad by Richard Nelson. His other directing credits with Profiles include 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 by Michael Weller, Jailbait by Deirdre O'Connor, The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute, Great Falls by Lee Blessing, The Thugs by Adam Bock and the World Premiere of Kid Sister by Will Kern. Joe directed the American premiere of Apple by Vern Thiessen and the long-running hit Fat Pig by Neil LaBute for which he received a Jeff Award Nomination for Outstanding Director. He directed the Jeff Award-winning Blackbird, Babylon Gardens, the Jeff Award-nominated Carnal Knowledge and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Joe was the co-director of Profiles' productions of The Water Engine, The Twilight Zone: The Series and How the Other Half Loves.

The designers for The Jacksonian will be announced soon.

“Highly Recommended! The humor in The Jacksonian, Beth Henley’s delectably lurid new play, is as black as widow’s weeds. This twisty study in murder, Mississippi-style, finds bright fireworks within shades of noir!”

-The New York Times

“Highly Recommneded! The creepiness lingers and is thick with Southern Gothic atmosphere and dark humor!”

-Broadway World

“Highly Recommended! The story skips back and forth through time and adds to the sense that these people are specters forever re-enacting the most terrible moments of their past. There’s a healthy vein of black humor running throughout which turns Henley’s Southern Gothic play into an even more surreal experience!”

-Entertainment Weekly

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.

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