20th Anniversary Production by Will Kern
Directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox
Profiles presents the 20th Anniversary production of Kern’s landmark play. For the first time, Hellcab, directed by Profiles Co-Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, features a cast of 34, the largest cast in the company's history.
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.
SPECIAL MEETUP GROUP TICKET OFFER:
TICKETS: $20.00 ($15.00 SAVINGS!)
7:00pm: Pre-Show appetizers and cocktails in the lobby of Profiles Theatre at 4139 North Broadway.
8:00pm: HELLCAB by Will Kern
+Post show discussion with members of the cast and director.
To purchase tickets online:
USE THE CODE WORD: meetup
To purchase tickets by phone, please call (773) 549-1815.
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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF YOUR OWN TICKET.
All tickets at Profiles Theatre are General Admission, so the group will sit together.
Seating is on both sides of the stage, so the audience has a great view from anywhere in the theatre. Patrons should arrive at least 20 - 30 minutes before showtime to choose their most desired seating. Because of the intimate arrangement of the theatre, there is no admittance once the performance begins.
The Main Stage
4139 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING INFO:
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 self-parking lot is conveniently located at 4100 N. Clarendon, one block east of the theatre. The parking price ranges from $11.00 - $12.00
Train: Red Line to Sheridan stop. 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, #80 Irving Park
First produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre in 1992, the play was originally scheduled for twelve performances and 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. The play won numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and was adapted for the screen by Mr. Kern in 1998.
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.
“I've always been pleased - and kind of amazed - that my little play gets produced year after year, and that audiences still feel a connection with it, even after all this time,” says playwright Will Kern. “It’s great that Hellcab is getting a 20th anniversary production, especially by a theatre company as well-regarded and talented as Profiles.”
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