"Hellcab" by Will Kern at Profiles Theatre. Pictured: Jeff Gamlin and Richard Cotovsky. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Profiles Theatre Season to Include Neil LaBute Premiere, Return of ‘Hellcab’

The season is book-ended with by Beth Henley and Penelope Skinner, and also features Jez Butterworth’s ‘Jerusalem.’

CHICAGO: Profiles Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, including three Midwest premieres, a world premiere and the return of a seasonal favorite.

“We’re extremely pleased to open and close our 27th season with the strong and unique voices of female playwrights Beth Henley and Penelope Skinner,” said artistic director Joe Jahraus in a statement.

The season begins with Midwest premiere of Henley’s The Jacksonian (August 27–Oct. 11), about a man kicked out of his home by his wife, who takes refuge in an eerie motel on the night of a murder. Jahraus will direct.

Next is the return of Will Kern’s Hellcab (Nov. 12–Jan. 10, 2016), about a cab driver and his journey through the streets of Chicago on Christmas Eve. Eric Burgher will direct.

Following is the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s Vices & Virtures (Jan. 21–March 6, 2016), two short works that will run in repertory about lust, hate, humor, sadness, virtue and depravity.

Next will be the Midwest premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem (Feb. 18–April 3, 2016), about a wanted man in rural England dealing with an eviction notice, a motley crew of neighbors and a son who just wants to be taken to the county fair. Profiles artistic director Darrell W. Cox will direct.

The season ends with Skinner’s The Village Bike (May 12–June 26, 2016), about a newly pregnant woman who channels her sexual frustration through a used bike, which ends up taking her on more adventures than she set out for.  Jahraus will direct.

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