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Profiles Theatre continues its 23rd Season with Assisted Living
Oct 13, 2011


Profiles TheatreProfiles Theatre continues its 2011-2012 Season with the World premiere of Assisted Living by Deirdre O'Connor, directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. Previews are November 4-9, 2011 with press opening November 10, 2011. The production runs November 10 - December 18, 2011 at Profiles alternate venue The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield in Chicago.

Anne Kelly needs help. She's pushing 40 and still lives with her mother. Her deadbeat brother won't even return her calls and the ancient family home seems to be falling down around her. When Levi, a sweet but dim-witted younger man, comes into her life, Anne begins to see the upside of not always being the grown up.

Assisted Living makes its World premiere at Profiles Theatre, their second production by Deirdre O'Connor follows last season's long-running hit Jailbait. O'Connor, a 2008 Cherry Lane Project Fellow mentored by Michael Weller and a 2008 - 2009 Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, graduated from Hampshire College and Columbia University's MFA Playwriting program where she received the John Golden Playwriting Award.

"I am thrilled to be premiering my play, Assisted Living, at Profiles Theatre," says playwright Deirdre O'Connor. "The script came out of my interest in exploring how our identities within our families are so different from our identities in the outside world. The artists at the Profiles Theatre deliver the kind of thoughtful, nuanced and funny work needed to bring this theme to life. I'm so glad to be collaborating again with this talented company."

Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus (Fifty Words, Jailbait), the cast of Assisted Living features guest artist Stacy Stoltz (Cyrano at the House Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire at Writers' Theatre) as Anne along with Sean Bradley (Arcadia with Remy Bumppo) as her brother Jimmy. The cast also includes guest artists Jordan Stacey and Shannon Hollander.

The designers are David Ferguson (set), Bekki Lambrecht (lights), Jeffrey Levin (sound and original music), Erica Griese (costumes) and the stage manager is Fernando Alvarez.

Assisted Living is the second production of Profiles Theatre's 23rd season, opening at Profiles' alternate venue, The Second Stage, while their Midwest premiere of A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh continues its run at their main venue. The season also includes the Midwest premieres of Bachelorette by Leslye Headland and The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute.


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