Assisted Living to Get World Premiere by Chicago's Profiles; Revised Break of Noon Planned | Playbill

News Assisted Living to Get World Premiere by Chicago's Profiles; Revised Break of Noon Planned
Deirdre O'Connor's latest play, Assisted Living, about a pushing-40 woman who is stuck, will get its world premiere in the 2011-12 season of Profiles Theatre in Chicago.

Artistic directors Joe Jahraus and Darrell W. Cox announced programming for the company's 23rd season on April 11.

The slate includes the Midwest premiere of Broadway's dark comedy A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder; the Midwest premiere of Neil LaBute's 2010 play The Break of Noon, about a modern-day prophet, "revised exclusively for Profiles Theatre"; and the Midwest premiere of the Off-Broadway comedy Bachelorette by Leslye Headland.

In Assisted Living, to run Nov. 4-Dec. 18, "Anne Kelly needs help," according to Profiles. "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."

Directed by artistic director Jahraus, Assisted Living is O'Connor's second play at Profiles following last season's long-running hit Jailbait. O'Connor, a 2008 Cherry Lane Project Fellow mentored by Michael Weller and a 2008-09 Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, graduated from Hampshire College and Columbia University's MFA Playwriting program where she received the John Golden Playwriting Award.

The Break of Noon (which will play Profiles March 30-May 20, 2012) received its world premiere in 2010 as a co-production with MCC Theater in New York and then transferred in 2011 to the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. "Neil LaBute will be working with Profiles on an exclusive, newly revised version of the script," according to Profiles. The play received an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. All productions are held at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. For tickets and information, visit


Profiles Theatre, a not-for-profit professional theatre company founded in 1988 by five Eastern Illinois University alumni, brings to Chicago "new works 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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