Profiles Theatre continues its 23rd Season with the Midwest premiere of Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, directed by Profiles Associate Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox. Previews are January 20 – 25 with the press opening on January 26, 2012. The production runs January 26 through March 11, 2012 at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway in Chicago.
Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends show up “not-quite-invited” to their classmate’s hotel room for the perfect bachelorette celebration. Half a bathtub of booze later, the former prom queen is melting down, the nice-girl cokehead is on a mission to mend the mauled wedding dress, and the lacerating maid of honor finds her picture-perfect life less stable than it seemed. A smash hit Off- Broadway, Leslye Headland’s shrewd and biting play is an aria to the anxiety and self-loathing of a generation.
Bachelorette premiered at New York’s Second Stage Theatre Uptown in July 2010 where it enjoyed a sold-out extended run. Leslye Headland, a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter, wrote and directed the Seven Deadly Plays series, which premiered at the IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Headland directed and adapted the film version of Bachelorette, which was shot in New York City last summer. The film, starring Kirsten Dunst, will premiere as part of the Sundance Film Festival's out-of-competition screenings in January 2012. Her recent play, Assistance, receives its New York premiere at the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater this season. She’s currently developing a pilot based on Julie Klausner’s memoir, I Don’t Care About Your Band for Gary Sanchez Productions (Adam McKay and Will Ferrell). Headland studied at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School where she won the Robert Moss Prize.
"I had this idea for writing a cycle of plays on each of the seven deadly sins,” said playwright Leslye Headland. “I was particularly interested in the shifting morality of people in their late twenties because it is a time when people are dealing with so many different competing standards of behavior. With Bachelorette I wanted to look at female drug abuse and female gluttony. I placed the story at a wedding because I realized a lot of what underlies party seeking behavior is self-pity. Where are women most self-pitying? It's probably other people's weddings. That’s probably the height of when women feel sorry for themselves—when one person is being celebrated and moving into adulthood and everyone else is just miserable."
Directed by Profiles Associate Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, the cast of Bachelorette includes Profiles’ ensemble member Eric Burgher (A Behanding in Spokane, Kid Sister) along with guest artists Hillary Marren, Linda Augusta Orr, Rakisha Pollard, Amanda Powell and Adam Soule.
The designers are Scott Davis (set), Bekki Lambrecht (lights), Jeffrey Levin (sound and original music), and Erica Griese (costumes). Profiles ensemble member MaryAnn Carlson is the stage manager and Kristin Barnett is assistant stage manager.
Bachelorette is the third production of Profiles Theatre’s 23rd season. Their hit World premiere of Assisted Living by Deirdre O’Connor plans a further extended run at Profiles’ Second Stage Theatre. The final show of the season will be the Midwest premiere of The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute, opening at Profiles in April.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Leslye Headland (Playwright) works in Los Angeles as a writer and director. She directed and adapted the screenplay for the film version of Bachelorette, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Her playwriting credits include the Seven Deadly Plays, a series that explores ancient vices in an unfortunately modern generation. The six works written so far consist of Cinephilia (lust), Bachelorette (gluttony), Assistance (greed), Surfer Girl (sloth), Reverb (wrath) and The Accidental Blonde (envy), which all premiered at the IAMA Theatre Company where Headland remains an artist in residence. Assistance premieres at Playwrights Horizons Main Stage Theatre in New York this season. She’s also written for the FX series Terriers and is developing a pilot for HBO based on Julie Klausner’s memoir I Don’t Care About Your Band. Headland holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and also studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School where she received the Robert Moss Prize.