Chicago Premiere

by Sharr White

directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus

The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway

Previews: February 13 – 18, 2015

Press Opening: February 19, 2015

Run: February 19 – April 5, 2015

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The Other Place

Profiles Theatre continues their 26th Season with the Chicago premiere of the acclaimed new drama THE OTHER PLACE, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus and featuring guest artist Lia D. Mortensen. The production runs February 19 through April 5, 2015 at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Half price previews will be held February 13 - 18. 

In Sharr White’s acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

The Other Place received its world premiere Off-Broadway at MCC Theater in 2011. The production, starring Laurie Metcalf, was nominated for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play from the Outer Critics Circle Awards. It later premiered on Broadway in a production by Manattan Theatre Club in 2013, also starring Metcalf, who received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. The Other Place won the 2010 Playwrights First Award and the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award. White’s plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country, including South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab and Key West Theatre Festival.

SHARR WHITE (Playwright) has written plays developed or produced at theatres across the country, including MCC Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab, Key West Theatre Festival, and more. He has been honored with a Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting for The Escape Velocity of Savages, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Six Years and the 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize for Sunlight. The Other Place received the 2010 Playwrights First Award, the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation's Theatre Visions Fund Award, and was an Outer Critics Circle award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play in a 2013 production featuring Laurie Metcalf.. 

JOE JAHRAUS (Director) is an Artistic Director and founder of Profiles Theatre and most recently directed Profiles' 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 recent 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 cast of The Other Place features Guest Artist Lia D. Mortensen as Julianna. Casting for other roles with be announced soon.

LIA D. MORTENSEN (Julianna) returns to Profiles Theatre after appearing in their Midwest premiere of Annapurna. Her other Chicago credits include An Inspector Calls and Night and Day with Remy Bumppo, Cymbeline with First Folio, Faith Healer with Den Theatre, Rabbit Hole for the Goodman Theatre, Big Meal for ATC, Ten Chimneys, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Sky Girls and Talley’s Folly with Northlight, Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Closer and Faith Healer with Steppenwolf, Fighting Words at Rivendell, Well, A Doll’s House, Macbeth and The Illusion at Next Theatre, Jacob, Hiding Place, Spoon River Anthology and Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey with Provision Theatre and Ghosts, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Serious Money for Court Theatre. Lia’s directing credits include Bus Stop and Quality of Life for Den Theatre as well as Jacob for Provision Theater. Her film credits include Food, Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and Blink. Lia’s television credits include roles on Crisis, Easy Abby, Chicago Fire, The Onion, Chicago Code and Family Practice. She is an ensemble member of the Den Theatre and Provision Theatre and will be appearing this fall in CST's Pericles.

"Highly Recommended! Sudden flares of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before."

-New York Times


"THE OTHER PLACE is a haunting drama, so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn't revealed until the last shattering scene!"



"Four stars! THE OTHER PLACE is an engrossing new drama." 

-Bloomberg News


"You can't avert your eyes from THE OTHER PLACE!"

-New York Post 


"Sharr White's first major New York production shows him as a crack craftsman who knows how to hook an audience."

-New York Daily News


"Sharr White juggles the various pieces of his play with a skillful hand, folding them together with an uncanny ability to know exactly how much to give away and when." 

-New York Press
Flex Pass

The Profiles Two Show Flex Pass makes the perfect holiday gift for yourself or a loved one! The Flex Pass is good for four admissions to any of our upcoming productions this season: THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White, GENIUS by Kate Walbert or OUR NEW GIRL by Nancy Harris. The pass is only $100 and you'll save over $60 off the price at the door! Tickets can be used in any combination of quantity and date for any of these productions with advance reservations. Call the box office at 773-549-1815 to order yours today!

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