Profiles Theatre continues their 27th season with Vices and Virtues, two full evenings featuring eleven short plays by Resident Artist Neil LaBute, performing in rotating repertory. Each evening features Midwest and World premieres of some of LaBute’s newest shorts, staged by individual directors and featuring an ensemble cast of twenty performers.
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.
The first evening, Vices, contains the World premieres of LaBute’s "I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" and "Totally” as well as the Midwest premieres of "Happy Hour", “The Great War” and “Lovely Head.”
The second evening, Virtues, provides LaBute's World premiere of "Swallowing Bicycles", the Midwest premieres of "Good Luck (in Farsi)", "Romance" and "10-K", as well as the Chicago Premieres of "Kandahar" and "Mulberry Bush."
“It’s so great to be working on another project with Profiles Theatre and it’s especially nice to have it be two evenings of short works,” says playwright Neil LaBute. “I love writing in this form and it’s always hard to find a home for this kind of piece. Thankfully, my collaboration with Profiles allows for this type of experimentation and creates a home for so many artists to work on this project at the same time. This is a really terrific way to start the new year!”
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.
Performances for Vices are Thursdays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 7 pm. Performances for Virtues are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm.
Patrons who purchase tickets to one evening may purchase a discounted ticket to the second program for $10 off regular price. Tickets are available by phone, (773) 549-1815 or use the “Buy Tickets” link on the left.
NEIL LABUTE (Playwright) is a Resident Artist at Profiles Theatre and has been working with them since their 2006 production of Autobahn. His World premiere adaptation of his original play and film In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival) had its debut at Profiles in 2013 and received a Jeff Nomination for Best New Adaptation. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab. His films include Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title), The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace, Death at a Funeral, Some Girl(s), Some Velvet Morning and Dirty Weekend. LaBute made his television debut with a new series for DirecTV entitled Full Circle. His plays include Bash: Latter-Day Plays, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Wrecks, Some Girl(s), Things We Said Today, This is How it Goes, In a Dark Dark House, The Break of Noon, In a Forest, Dark and Deep, The Money Shot, Lovely Head, Miss Julie and The Way We Get By. Reasons to be Happy, a follow-up to his acclaimed play reasons to be pretty, opened at MCC in May 2013. reasons to be pretty premiered off-Broadway in 2008, receiving three Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Play. It became Neil LaBute’s first play ever to be staged on Broadway when it opened in 2009 and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play. LaBute is also the author of several fictional pieces including “Seconds of Pleasure,” a collection of his short stories published by Grove Atlantic.
The directors for Vices and Virtues include Bradley Bartolo, Tara Branham, Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, Brianne Duncan Fiore, Profiles Artistic Associate Jeff Gamlin, Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, Miles Mabry, Kay Martinovich, Andy Root, Benjamin Thiem and Scott Wolf.
The designers are Greg Pinsoneault (set), Mike Rathbun (lights), Brandon Reed (sound), and Uriel Gomez (costumes). Amber R. Dettmers serves as production stage manager.
BRADLEY BARTOLO (Director – “Mulberry Bush”) returns to Profiles Theatre where his credits include assistant director for Hellcab (2014 and 2015) and The Thugs, as well as stage manager for Apple. His favorite directing projects in Chicago include Avenue A and Elegy for Julian Grace at EP Theater and Somebody Loves Me at Blue Moon. He previously served on the staff of Actors' Equity Association for nine years.
TARA BRANHAM (Director - "Romance") is a Chicago based freelance director and working with Profiles Theatre for the first time. Her upcoming credits include Twisted Knots by Dale Danner with Chicago Commercial Collective, BARS and MEASURES by Idris Goodwin at Prop Thtr, and good friday by Kristiana Colón at Oracle Theatre. She is the Director of Casting for Step Up Productions and Pegasus Theatre Chicago.
ERIC BURGHER (Director – “Totally”) is an ensemble member of Profiles Theatre where he most recently directed the 2014 and 2015 productions of Hellcab and the Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. He assistant directed the Midwest premiere of In God's Hat by Rhett Rossi, Hellcab by Will Kern (both 2012 and 2013 productions), 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 recently 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.
BRIANNE DUNCAN FIORE (Director – “Good Luck [In Farsi]”) most recently performed in this season’s Hellcab. Recently, she’s directed and written for The Arc Theatre’s playwriting festival, arciTEXT and has taken on voice over work with Stewart Talent. Her acting credits include Anna in Spartan Theatre’s Closer, Wanda (V/O) in Spartan Theatre’s Talk Radio, Marley (U/S) for Steep Theatre’s Motortown and Chorus in Anouilh’s Antigone, Jacinta in Fuente Ovejuna and Calpurnia & Metellus Cimber in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, all Muse of Fire productions.
JEFF GAMLIN (Director – “The Great War”) makes his directorial debut for Profiles after recently assistant directing The Jacksonian. Jeff's directorial credits elsewhere include 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. Jeff is an Artistic Associate at Profiles, serving as the company’s production manager.
JOE JAHRAUS (Director – “Lovely Head”) is an Artistic Director and founder of Profiles Theatre and most recently directed Profiles’ Midwest premieres of 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.
MILES MABRY (Director – “I’m Going to Stop Pretending…”) returns to Profiles to make his directorial debut. His recent credits include stage managing their Midwest premiere of The Jacksonian and assistant directing their 2013 production of Hellcab. Miles works in IT for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and is an alum of Virginia Tech.
KAY MARTINOVICH (Director – “Happy Hour”) is a Chicago-based director where her most recent credits include the Jeff Award-winning La Bête at Trap Door and Down Range at Genesis. She has directed over 40 productions for companies such as Profiles, Irish Repertory of Chicago, Lifeline, and Mary-Arrchie, among many others. Ms. Martinovich is Assistant Professor of Performance at Northern Illinois and a member of SDC, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
ANDREW ROOT (Director – “10K”) is working with Profiles for the first time. He is the Artistic Director of Runcible Theatre Company, for whom he recently directed Scenes from an Execution and Sweet Phoebe. London directing highlights include A Betrothal for Stonecrabs Theatre Company/Albany Theatre, and Smoking in the Boys’ Room at Theatre 503. Andrew is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
BENJAMIN THIEM (Director – “Swallowing Bicycles”) returns to Profiles after directing their Midwest premiere of Body Awareness and "Land of the Dead" for their LaBute collection entitled Things We Said Today. He also served as assistant director for their productions of Some Girl(s) and Fat Pig. Ben’s other Chicago credits include assistant director for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at The Gift Theatre and associate director for My Kind of Town at TimeLine Theatre Company where he is a company member.
SCOTT WOLF (Director – “Kandahar”) makes his Profiles directing debut. His previous directing experience includes assistant directing at Profiles Theatre and Redtwist Theatre, as well as multiple credits at Northwestern University. He also serves as Profiles' Literary Manager.
The ensemble cast of Vices and Virtues includes many performers returing to Profiles such as Marilyn Bass (Dream of the Burning Boy), Betsy Bowman (The Jacksonian), Tamara Chambers (Hellcab), Tim Curtis (The Jacksonian), Rob Grabowski (Hellcab), Drew Halliday (Hellcab), Nik Kourtis (Cock), Eleni Pappageorge (Cock), Brennan Roche (In the Company of Men), Steve Silver (The Other Place), Adam Soule (Bachelorette) and Laura Berner Taylor (The Jacksonian). Making their Profiles Theatre debut are Elizabeth Birnkrant, Sarah Brooks, Patrick Gannon, Brian Goodman, Brookelyn Hebert, Tom McGregor, Sarah Ruggles and Marie Weigle.
MARILYN BASS (Girl – Lovely Head”) returns to Profiles Theatre after appearing in their Midwest premiere of The Dream of the Burning Boy. She began acting at age 9 and has since studied improvisation and acting at schools across the Chicagoland area. Marilyn’s professional theatre credits include roles at Brikenbrak Theatre Project, Fury Theatre and Steppenwolf. She has appeared in many national and regional commercials and recently filmed two feature films in the summer of 2015, Bernadette and Smothered by Mothers.
ELIZABETH BIRNKRANT (Woman – “The Great War”) is working with Profiles for the first time. Her Chicago credits include 1984, The Water Engine and The Berlin Circle at Steppenwolf, Ghost Gardens at Pegasus, The Revenants at Wildclaw, Darlin' at Step Up Productions, The Gacy Play at Sideshow and NBC’s Chicago Fire. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Chicago and is an instructor at Black Box Acting.
BETSY BOWMAN (Woman – “10K”) is returning to Profiles where she made her Chicago debut last fall in The Jacksonian. She originally hails from St. Louis where some of her credits included Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Pterodactyls with St. Louis Actors’ Studio, As You Like It with St. Louis Shakespeare and The Violet Hour with Max & Louie Productions. She is represented by Grossman & Jack.
SARAH BROOKS (Kate – “Good Luck [in Farsi]”) makes her Profiles theatre debut. A Chicago native, her recent theatre credits include Matarile with Water People Theatre, Landstuhl Chronicles at Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Dream in Black and White with Benevolent Theatre. Her recent film credits include There, The Zookeeper and award-nominated short Boots for Tula. She was awarded the 2014 scholarship to Steppenwolf West's Summer Intensive.
TAMARA CHAMBERS (Girl – “Totally”) returns to Profiles where she most recently appeared in the 2014 production of Hellcab. Other recent productions include The Diary of Anne Frank with Metropolis Theater and in 4Play with “trip”. She studied in California at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. You can find Tamara online with Channel Awesome and performing stand up comedy.
TIM CURTIS (Bill – “The Mulberry Bush”) returns to Profiles after playing Perch in The Jacksonian earlier this season. Regionally, he was seen in Our Town, directed by David Cromer at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica CA. Highlights of his Chicago credits include TWO with Terrible Theatre, Uncle Vanya with Strawdog, Grand Hysterie with Chicago Dramatists, Creditors with Rendition Theatre, Parlour Song with Steep Theatre, Our Town with the Hypocrites, Machinal (a reading) with Timeline, The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild: a Road Trip with Collaboraction, and Perfect Mendacity in Steppenwolf’s 2008 First Look series.
PATRICK GANNON (A – “Romance”) is making his Profiles Theatre debut. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Black Box Academy. Patrick’s select theatre credits include Sin: A Cardinal Deposed at Bailiwick Theatre, Golden Boy at Griffin Theatre, and The Tennessee Williams Project at The Hypocrites, for which he received the Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award for Actor in a Principal Role.
BRIAN GOODMAN (Man – “The Great War”)makes his Profiles debut after studying at their Scene Study Intensive many times. As a founding member of About Face Theatre, Brian was an actor, Company Manager and Educational Programs Director. He has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Pegasus Players. His favorite productions include The Boys in the Band and Under Milk Wood.
ROB GRABOWSKI (He – “Swallowing Bicycles”) returns to Profiles after appearing in the 2013 production of Hellcab. He has worked with several theatre companies throughout Chicago including The New Colony, The Ruckus and InFusion. Rob has also been featured in several videos for The Onion. He is a host of the Kiss Kiss Cabaret and performs regularly at iO Chicago and ComedySportz Chicago.
DREW HALLIDAY (Man – “Kandahar”) returns to the stage at Profiles after taking part in the 2014 production of Hellcab. He has also appeared in shows with the Otherworld Theatre Company, the Theatre of Western Springs and the Grove Players.
BROOKELYN HEBERT (Her – “I’m Going to Stop Pretending…”) makes her Profiles debut. She recently appeared in The Seagull at Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and in Macbeth at The Artistic Home. Other Chicago credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and Richard III. Upcoming, she will be playing the role of Nina in the The Artistic Home's production of The Seagull.
NIK KOURTIS (B – “Romance”) returns to Profiles after appearing in their Midwest premiere of Cock by Mike Bartlett. Recent credits include Animals Commit Suicide at First Floor Theater, Bent at The Other Theatre Company, Angels in America at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre directed by David Cromer and The Normal Heart at TimeLine Theatre. Nik will next be seen in the Chicago premiere of A Splintered Soul at Stage 773.
TOM MCGREGOR (Man – “10K”) makes his Profiles Theatre debut. He has been seen in Picnic at Theatre of Western Springs, as well as A Very Busy Man at The Artistic Home. Much of his recent work includes independent films as well as regional and national commercial work.
ELENI PAPPAGEORGE (Cleo – “Happy Hour”) returns to Profiles where she was last seen in Cock. Her most recent credits include Weird Kids with Haven, An Issue of Blood at Victory Gardens and Antigonick with Sideshow. Eleni will be seen next in Chimerica at Timeline Theatre. She is a Waltzing Mechanics company member, Second City graduate, holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is represented by Stewart and NV Talent.
BRENNAN ROCHE (Ted – “Happy Hour”) returns to Profiles after understudying Genius last spring. His other previous Profiles credits include In the Company of Men, two seasons of Hellcab, and understudying The Dream of the Burning Boy. He is a Chicago native who graduated with a theatre degree from Loyola Marymount University. Brennan was a member of the Young People's Company at Piven Theatre Workshop where he also teaches.
SARAH RUGGLES (Paige – “Good Luck [in Farsi]”) makes her Profiles Theatre debut with Vices and Virtues. Her Chicago credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Bechdel Fest 3 at Broken Nose Theatre and the Twelve Ways to Play Festival at The Public House Theatre. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sarah is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.
STEVE SILVER (Gary – “Lovely Head”) returns to Profiles Theatre where he last appeared as Ian in The Other Place. He was most recently seen as Nathan Detroit in Light Opera Works' production of Guys and Dolls. Other Chicago credits include 1984 (u/s) with Steppenwolf Theatre, All Shook Up with Theatre at the Center, Bells are Ringing for Porchlight Music Theatre, From Up Here with Towle Theater, Sylvia and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at Oil Lamp Theater and A Crime in the Neighborhood with City Lit Theater. Steve’s film and television credits include Chicago Fire as well as several independent films. He studied extensively with master teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole and is represented by Actors Talent Group.
ADAM SOULE (Kip – “The Mulberry Bush”) returns to Profiles Theatre where he has previously been seen in their Midwest premiere of Bachelorette by Leslye Headland and the 20th Anniversary production of Hellcab by Will Kern. Other recent appearances include Guardians with Mary-Arrchie Theatre, The Doll’s House Project: Ibsen is Dead with Interrobang Theatre and From White Plains with Broken Nose Theatre.
LAURA BERNER TAYLOR (She – “Swallowing Bicycles”) is working with Profiles again after understudying The Jacksonian last fall. Most recently, she was in A Life of Galileo with ETOPiA, and has worked with The Black Ensemble Theatre, Step Up Productions, The Poor Theatre, Polarity Ensemble, LiveWire, Redmoon and Piccolo Theatre. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent and has been in regional commercials and films in the city.
MARIE WEIGLE (She – “I’m Going to Stop Pretending…”) makes her Profiles Theatre debut. A Virginia transplant, she earned her BFA in Performance Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. Marie was most recently seen with Odradek Theatre Company in Hobohemia. She was also seen as Wendy in Stage B Theatre Company’s production of Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers. A founding member of Alluvium Group, she co-directed, wrote and produced I am No Bird. Other Alluvium acting credits include Cunningham in The The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Siren in Happiness:The Pursuit and other Tragedies, Emilia in The Winters Tale and various roles in Mix Tape Project Vol.2 & 3.
“Highly Recommended! VICES AND VIRTUES, now receiving highly polished, intensely acted performances at Profiles Theatre, will crawl right under your skin, leaving you chastened, questioning and nodding. This double-bill, which will run in rotating rep, is a formidable undertaking for Profiles and involves the work of 11 directors and 20 actors!”
-Hedy Weiss, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Highly Recommended! Eleven directors and 20 actors put on one hell of a showcase at this double feature of short plays by Neil LaBute. Both programs feature some magnificent work. See them here first!”
-Dan Jakes, CHICAGO READER
“Highly Recommended! Both programs are full of gray areas, much like real life -bristling with sexual tension, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and infectious good humor. Go and be surprised, there’s much to enjoy and to be challenged by in each program. And who knows, VICES AND VIRTUES might even inspire you to be a better person!”
-Barnaby Hughes, STAGE AND CINEMA
“Recommended! VICES AND VIRTUES is two night’s worth of short one-act plays, each with their own casts and directors, each being performed for the first time in Chicago, and in some cases, ever. All of them are distinctly LaBute in their harsh exposure of the crueler, shameful, and more vulnerable sides of normal people. They provide audiences with an opportunity to see a huge number of talented Chicago actors!”
-Jacob Davis, CHICAGOCRITIC.COM
“Highly Recommended! Each play is sharp and memorable. A few will make you gasp, most will provide a laugh or two, and you’ll leave with memories of some remarkable and nasty characters. LaBute’s dialogue is fast and perceptive and focused on love, hate, lust, anger and relationships. And the 20 actors are superb, with impeccable direction. This is the kind of dark theater that gives Chicago its rep as a great theater city!”
-Nancy Bishop, THIRD COAST REVIEW
“Highly Recommended! There is plenty to see here as the plays force us to be either uncomfortable, thoughtful, offended, or enraged. I felt all these sensations during VICES AND VIRTUES, and each feeling was satisfying, affecting, and cathartic!”
-Lawrence Riordan, AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO
“Recommended! Unafraid to dive into tough subject, LaBute’s plays each find a core topic that is fundamentally interesting to watch as people deal with it. Neil LaBute has a very distinct style that if you enjoy, you’ll love LaBute-fest 2016!”
-Jerald Raymond Pierce, CHICAGO STAGE STANDARD
“Highly Recommended! These bite-size theatrical plot lines are delicious, and laced with LaBute's signature sinister layer. With 20 screen-ready actors so very good and giving it their all, it's hard to imagine Hollywood won't be scouting this show. You should be, too. It's definitely recommended for those who love a real theater event!”
-Bill Esler, BUZZ CHICAGO
Want to see both evenings of VICES AND VIRUTES? You can purchase a "Neil's Deal" Flex Pass for only $60 and save up to $20 off the price of purchasing admission separately. Running in rotating repertory, these two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute are playing for a limited time through March 6th. This Two Show Flex Pass will get you admission to both programs of LaBute shorts and you can choose any performance date during the run with advance reservations. See each program on a different performance date or you can do a "LaBute marathon" and see them both on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call the box office at 773-549-1815
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