Chicago's Popular Graceland Gets Extension and New Venue on Sept. 17

News   Chicago's Popular Graceland Gets Extension and New Venue on Sept. 17 Profiles Theatre's hit world-premiere production of Ellen Fairey's Graceland moves to the National Pastime Theater, a venue three doors down from the Chicago not-for-profit's home, on Sept. 17.

The family drama is now in its fourth extension and will continue to Nov. 15. The move is to accommodate Profiles' Chicago premiere of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat.

Graceland received its world premiere at Profiles in May 2009 and has quickly become one of the theatre's most successful runs ever, playing to consistently sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Original cast members Eric Burgher and Jackson Challinor will be joined by Sarah Wellington, David Vogel and Emily Vajda. Matthew Miller directs.

The designers are William Anderson (set), Jessica Harpenau (lights), Ricky Lurie (costumes), Mikhail Fiksel (sound and original music). The stage manager is Maryann Carlson.

According to production notes, "Chicago's oldest cemetery is the backdrop for Graceland, the story of four lonely Chicagoans whose lives collide one August weekend while the Blue Angels airshow is in town. As fighter jets buzz the skies from dusk till dawn, estranged brother and sister Sam and Sara try to make sense of their father's recent suicide. Sara's one night stand with Joe, an aging lothario, brings further trouble in the form of Joe's mercurial teenage son, Miles. Graceland is a World Premiere comedic drama about the loneliness of family, the tenderness of strangers and the unexpected benefits of bad decisions."

Fairey is the author of Girl, 20, named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune and nominated for two LA Weekly awards in 2007. Her plays Tuning in El Paso and Chill Is Good were both award winners at Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival '00 and '06. Starting Sept. 17, evening performances begin at a new start time of 7:30 PM. Both the Saturday and Sunday matinees will begin at 3 PM. (The Saturday afternoon performances were recently added due to popular demand.)

Tickets, $30-$35, are available at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, or at www.profilestheatre.org or (773) 549-1815.

Graceland patrons should purchase and/or pick-up tickets at Profiles before proceeding to the venue three doors down.

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Profiles Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company founded in 1988 by five Eastern Illinois University alumni and has since been continually producing plays. Profiles brings new works to Chicago "that illuminate the determination and resiliency of the human spirit." The company produces world, U.S. and Midwest premieres by new playwrights, as well as established writers whose work has been seen across the country and around the world.

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