Paul Dillon to Star in Profiles Theatre's HELLCAB, 11/8-1/12

Paul Dillon to Star in Profiles Theatre's HELLCAB, 11/8-1/12

Profiles Theatre announces that actor Paul Dillon returns to the role he originated in the 1992 world premiere of Hellcab by Will Kern for Profiles' holiday season revival of their hit production. Once again, Profiles Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox returns to direct a cast of 34 with Dillon joining the cast as the beleaguered cab driver and ensemble member Eric Burgher assistant directing. Profiles' production runs at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, November 8, 2013 - January 12, 2014. Please note new opening date: Wednesday, November 13, at 8:00 pm.

Last season, Profiles' 20th Anniversary production of Kern's landmark play extended twice and played for over three months. First produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre in 1992, Hellcab featured Paul Dillon as the driver and was originally scheduled for twelve performances. It 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, winning numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Dillon also appeared in the 1998 film version, adapted by Kern for the screen.

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.

Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, Hellcab features a cast of 34 Chicago actors. 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. In addition to Paul Dillon's return as the driver, the passenger roles are performed by Dennis Bisto, Manny Buckley, MaryAnn Carlson, Chris Carr, Eric J. Ciak, Patrick Falcon, Alex Fisher, LJ Flora, Jeff Gamlin, Carly Jo Geer, Philena Gilmer, Desmond Gray, Megan Hickey, Khalil Lesaldo, Kaitlyn Majoy, Jack McCabe, Christopher McMorris, Stephanie Monday, Joseph W. Moore III, Todd Neal, Danielle Pinnock, Brennan Roche, Sarai Rodriguez, Brian Scannell, Mike Schiff, Sheridan Singleton, AaRon Spencer, Elise Spoerlein, Tara Tisch-Wallace, Richard Traub, Rachel Weeks, Regina Whitehead-Mays and Jonah Winston.

"When Darrell and Joe at Profiles told me they wanted to bring back Hellcab for the 2013 season, and of course I was happy about that, but I never imagined that Paul Dillon would be stepping in as the driver, 21 years after he originated the role," says playwright Will Kern. "There's no telling what he can bring to the character at this time in his life, and how his experience will inform his performance. It's looking to be a great Christmas."

The designers are Shaun Renfro (set), Mike Durst (lights), Jeffrey Levin (sound and original music), and Raquel Adorno (costumes). Kaylie Honkala is the stage manager and Eric Burgher and Harmony France serve as assistant directors.

Profiles Theatre, currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary Season, will alternate three more productions between their two venues, The Main Stage at 4139 N. Broadway and The Alley Stage at 4147 N. Broadway. Also planned are Midwest premieres of the award-winning plays Cock by Mike Bartlett, Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams and Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

Tickets for Hellcab are $35 for Thursdays, $40 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available by phone, (773) 549-1815, or online, Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:00 and 8:00 pm, Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

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