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

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For the fourth consecutive season, Profiles Theatre remounts their acclaimed production of Will Kern’s Hellcab for the holidays. Profiles’ production runs at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, November 6, 2015 – January 11, 2016 with opening night Thursday, November 12 at 8:00 pm. Half price preview performances will be held November 6 - 11, 2015.

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.

Directed by Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, Hellcab features a cast of 34 Chicago actors. Originally performed by a cast of one driver and six ensemble members playing multiple roles as the passengers, Profiles celebrates the diversity of Chicago by filling each ensemble role with a different actor.

WILL KERN (Playwright) is the author of Hellcab, one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. Originally produced in 1992 by Famous Door Theater, Hellcab was originally scheduled for twelve performances as a late show, but its success with audiences and critics kept it going. It eventually landed it on the main stage in 1993, where it stayed, with many cast changes and at various theaters, until 2002. The stories from Hellcab are taken from real life - 85% of the play is true, and happened to the author. The other 15% are based on stories heard. Some of Mr. Kern’s other theater writing credits include Kid Sister, which received its World premiere at Profiles Theatre in 2010 and Mothers and Tigers: True Stories of Korean Women at Chaimoo Theater, in Seoul, South Korea, in 2008. As a screenwriter, Mr. Kern wrote the film adaptation of Hellcab, the award-winning short film Pain Chain and Lost in Rome. His travel writing and non-fiction have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world as well. Currently, Mr. Kern teaches debate and narrative communication strategies at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. His newest novel, Ballet for Guys, is slated for publication by Canopic Press.

ERIC BURGHER (Director) is an ensemble member of Profiles Theatre where he most recently directed the 2014 seasonal return of Hellcab as well as the Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. He assistant directed the Midwest premiere of In God's Hat by Rhett Rossi, the American premiere of Apple by Vern Thiessen, the Midwest premiere of Blackbird by Adam Rapp and the Midwest premiere of Snakebit by David Marshall Grant. Eric also directed an original piece for arciTEXT, a new play festival with The Arc Theatre. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches acting and has directed in two 24-Hour play festivals as well as full productions of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca and The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute. 

“Highly Recommended! HELLCAB is a play of which I am congenitally fond!”


“Highly Recommended! Each charged encounter between Kern's long-suffering cab driver and his many quirky, sometimes disturbed customers crackles with wit. But the play's more than a series of funny scenes; taken as a whole, it's a moving spiritual journey about a man trying to find a glimmer of redemption in a fallen world!”


“Recommended! Profiles assigns each of Hellcab's fares to a distinct actor, adding up to a total cast of 34 and making this production a nice showcase of sorts for a great many Chicago actors!”

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