HELLCAB at Profiles Theatre

by Will Kern
Directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox
Featuring Paul Dillon, the original cabbie from the world premiere and feature film


Profiles Theatre announces that actor Paul Dillon returns to the role he originated in the 1992 world premiere of HELLCAB by Will Kern for Profiles’ holiday season revival of their hit production. Once again, Profiles Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox returns to direct a cast of 34 with Dillon joining the cast as the beleaguered cab driver and ensemble member Eric Burgher assistant directing.

HELLCAB presents a day in the life story of a cab driver in for the longest night of his life as he transports a bizarre and mysterious collection of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Playwright Will Kern draws from personal experience as a former cab driver 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 smug lawyer, a born-again couple, and a randy couple 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.

TICKETS: $20.00 (50% OFF!!)

TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/profilestheatre/eventcalendar
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To purchase tickets by phone, please call (773) 549-1815.

SPECIAL NOTE: This Event Takes Place Thanksgiving Weekend. Feel free to bring any visiting friends or family along to the show! It’s a great way to start off the holiday season!

Please buy your tickets directly from Profiles Theatre so they can have an accurate count of Meetup members.

All seats at Profiles Theatre are GENERAL ADMISSION.

Seating is on both sides of the stage, so the audience has a great view from anywhere in the theatre. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime. Due to the intimate set-up for the theatre, there is no late seating. Profiles Theatre is a handicap accessible venue.

The Main Stage
4139 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

Profiles Theatre is conveniently located in the Uptown/Buena Park neighborhood, and very easily accessible by CTA or Lake Shore Drive.

If coming off of Lake Shore Drive, take Irving Park exit. Make a right on Broadway and continue North to 4139 N. Broadway

If coming off of 90/94, take Irving Park exit and head East to Broadway. Take a left on Broadway and continue North about 2 blocks to 4139 N. Broadway

A pay parking lot is conveniently located at 4100 N. Clarendon, one block east of Profiles for $14.00 (prices subject to change).

TRAIN: The SHERIDAN RED LINE STOP at Irving Park Rd & Sheridan is two blocks from the theatre. Head East on Irving Park Rd for 2 blocks. Turn left on Broadway, continue North to the theatre at 4139 N. Broadway.

BUS: #36 BROADWAY bus stops right in front of the theatre, at the corner of Broadway and Buena. #80 IRVING PARK and #151 SHERIDAN are also nearby.

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Last season, Profiles’ 20th Anniversary production of Kern’s landmark play extended twice and played for over three months. First produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre in 1992, HELLCAB featured Paul Dillon as the driver and was originally scheduled for twelve performances. It ended up running for over nine years, becoming one of the longest running shows in Chicago theatre history. HELLCAB has been performed all over the U.S. and abroad, including Scotland, Israel, Singapore, and Ireland, winning numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Dillon also appeared in the 1998 film version, adapted by Kern for the screen.

Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, 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.

“When Darrell and Joe at Profiles told me they wanted to bring back HELLCAB for the 2013 season, and of course I was happy about that, but I never imagined that Paul Dillon would be stepping in as the driver, 21 years after he originated the role,” says playwright Will Kern. “There's no telling what he can bring to the character at this time in his life, and how his experience will inform his performance. It's looking to be a great Christmas.”

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  • Mitchell L.

    I saw the movie on Youtube. It was not a good reflection of the material. Glad I saw it live.

    November 30, 2013

  • Vonda

    I'm good with small productions (I've seen a ton)...but did not like this one. No reflection on the acting....was just a stark reminder of Chicago's racial divide. Sorry.

    November 30, 2013

  • Maureen

    SOLD OUT performance; 34 actors playing 34 roles; Strong performances & a return of the actor who originally played the cabbie in its 13 year run!!!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • John

    GF and I visiting the old stomping grounds for T-day :) Any plans to grab food after, or should we plan on going out beforehand?

    November 25, 2013

    • Scott C.

      Hi John! Meet you a couple of years ago at IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Just wanted to give a quick hello. Too bad I'm not hosting this event. Would have been great to see you and your GF again!. Have a great time in town!!

      1 · November 25, 2013

    • Maureen

      Hi John, I'd suggest you get food before the show. Going out after the show is always subject to who shows up for that particular event. HELLCAB runs about 95 minutes, so going for drinks afterwards is a possibility. From my personal experience with the group over the past 14 months, I wouldn't bet on it. Glad you'll be joining us!

      November 26, 2013

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