11:31 AM CST, January 17, 2012
Neil LaBute is a playwright who keeps on giving to the storefront Chicago company Profiles Theatre.
Profiles announced Tuesday it has received permission from LaBute to stage the U.S. premiere of his two-character play, "In a Forest, Dark and Deep," seen last year in London's West End starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams and set in a cabin wherein two middle-age siblings battle out their angst.
Although Profiles has snagged early rights in the past to many of LaBute's plays, staging the show before any New York theater is quite a coup for the small Chicago operation.
Profiles also said Tuesday that it plans to take over the current home of the National Pastime Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway, a former speakeasy just down the block from its current space. The 99-seat National Pastime has a slightly larger seating capacity than the long-lasting current Profiles space, which has about 65 seats and which the company says it plans to retain. The new LaBute play, which begins performances in April, will be the first Profiles production in new venue.
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