Profiles Theatre Christens New Chicago Home With Neil LaBute's In a Forest, Dark and Deep, April 13

By Kenneth Jones
April 13, 2012

Profiles Theatre in Chicago opens the doors of a new venue April 13 with the first preview of its American-premiere production of Neil LaBute's In a Forest, Dark and Deep. The company's new 99-seat theatre space, The Main Stage, at 4139 N. Broadway, is next door to its 65-seat space, which has been renamed The Alley Stage.



The two-character dark comedy premiered in London in spring 2011 starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams. Darrell W. Cox, the newly named co-artistic director of Profiles (he was previously called associate artistic director), plays the role of Bobby; Natasha Lowe (Streetcar at Writers' Theatre) plays Betty. 

With the acquisition of the former National Pastime space, Profiles now operates three theatres in total, including its long-time home at 4147 N. Broadway and The Second Stage at 3408 N. Sheffield.

In a Forest, Dark and Deep is directed by co-artistic director Joe Jahraus. It's his fifth LaBute production staged for Profiles. Performances will play to June 3. Opening night is April 19.

Here's how In a Forest, Dark and Deep is billed: "On a dark and stormy night, all Bobby thought he was doing was helping his sister Betty clear out her cottage in the forest. But in this cabin of lies nothing is as it seems and the truth refuses to be packed away. What is she hiding? Does he really want to find out? In a Forest, Dark and Deep is a dark journey into sibling rivalry escalating into a psychological thriller bursting with savage conflict."

The previously announced production of Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon will be postponed until next season.

"Due to this extraordinary opportunity, our Midwest premiere of The Break of Noon will be postponed until next season," Cox said in a previous statement. "Neil's commitment to Profiles and Chicago's thriving theatre community is once again demonstrated by choosing to have his newest play receive its American premiere here. For this we are thankful, as Profiles' dedication to Neil's work and his evolution as an artist continues to be one of the most influential and gratifying relationships in our history."

Profiles Theatre began its relationship with Neil LaBute in 2006 with the Midwest premiere of autobahn, followed by the long-running hit Fat Pig. In 2007, Profiles devoted an entire season to the works of LaBute that included the Midwest premieres of In a Dark Dark House, Some Girl(s), This is How it Goes and a collection of short works entitled Things We Said Today followed by the Midwest premiere of The Mercy Seat in 2009. Last season, Profiles produced the Chicago premiere of reasons to be pretty. The playwright twice participated in benefit evenings of readings and conversation to support the theatre's productions.

For more information, visit profilestheatre.org.