Graceland, a Chicago World Premiere, Gets Seven Extra Weeks; Graeff Joins Cast | Playbill

News Graceland, a Chicago World Premiere, Gets Seven Extra Weeks; Graeff Joins Cast
Profiles Theatre in Chicago has extended Ellen Fairey's Graceland, a world premiere production directed by Matthew Miller, by seven weeks. It will now play to Aug. 16.
Eric Burgher
Eric Burgher Photo by Wayne Karl

This is the final play of Profile's 20th anniversary season. Acclaimed Chicago actress Cheryl Graeff will be joining the cast as Sara for the extended run. Continuing in the roles they originated are Profiles ensemble members Eric Burgher, Darrell W. Cox and Somer Benson and Jackson Challinor.

The production plays at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway.

According to Profiles 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."

The designers are William Anderson (set), Jessica Harpenau (lights), Ricky Lurie (costumes) and Misha (sound and original music). The assistant director is Profiles ensemble member Tyler Gray, and the stage manager is Darcy McGill.

The production opened May 28 after previews from May 22. Performances were first announced to play to June 28. Due to popular demand, Profiles will add Saturday matinees at 5 PM, beginning July 11. For tickets and information, visit or call (773) 549-1815.


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 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."

Profiles "is particularly drawn to playwrights with a unique narrative style and use of language and the company takes pride in carefully selecting scripts that combine integrity with risk."

Eric Burghe, Brenda Barrie and Jackson Challinor
Eric Burghe, Brenda Barrie and Jackson Challinor Photo by Wayne Karl

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