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Profiles Theatre extends Killer Joe

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Killer Joe

Profiles Theatre has announced the extension of its hit production Killer Joe by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder.  All cast members are continuing in their roles, including Profiles ensemble members Darrell W. Cox and Somer Benson along with Kevin Bigley, Howie Johnson and Claire Wellin.  The critically-acclaimed production has been extended for an additional six weeks, through April 11, 2010, at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway.

In Killer Joe, the Smith family is a greedy, vindictive clan of Texans who hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch to cash in on her insurance policy. Unable to bring themselves to do the deed, they hire Killer Joe Cooper, a full-time cop and part-time contract killer. Once he steps into their trailer, their simple plan quickly spirals out of control.

Killer Joe opened at Profiles in January 2010 and has been playing to consistently sold-out houses.  The production received rave critical reviews from Chicago’s top critics and is well on the way to breaking Profiles’ box office records.

Written in 1991, the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Chicago two years later and was then presented at the 29th Street Rep in NYC. Since then, Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 different languages. It won top honors at the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Theater Festival in 1994, then played to sellout audiences at London's The Buck and West Theater during a four-month run in which it won the Time Out Award as the Best Play of 1995. Tracy Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County.

For tickets or more information, visit profilestheatre.org.

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