Dark Comedy about Twisted Love: The Radiant Abyss
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The last date listed for The Radiant Abyss was Sunday August 21, 2005 / 7:00pm.
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“Critics’ Pick! Profiles Theatre sets the lust meter at 11 as the comedy makes this dark ‘Abyss’ inviting!” A stimulatingly odd and manically compressed sprint!"- Chicago Tribune
“The Radiant Abyss is definitely for anyone who loves dark humor, crazed dialogue that runs amok, a bit of quick violence, and a sudden wrap-it-all-up ending.” —CurtainUp
“Lust, deception and jealousy work together in this often funny piece about three morally bankrupt lost souls.” – ChicagoCritic.com
“The Radiant Abyss is shocking, funny and thrilling! The story moves at such a furious pace that there’s never a dull moment in this show!” – Theatreworld Internet Magazine
Profiles Theatre will present the Midwest Premiere of the acclaimed new play THE RADIANT ABYSS by Angus MacLachlan.
In this dark comedy of lust, deception and jealousy, a business woman persuades her young lover and his girlfriend to make a big statement by undertaking a little crime. Erin Skidmore is the owner of a realty management office who uses her young lover, Steve Enloe, for sex and odd-jobs. When Erin begins to suspect that a cult-like religious group that has moved into their strip mall is capable of violence, she conspires with Steve and his newest girlfriend, Ina, to send them an intimidating message. But as they make their plans, secrets are revealed and relationships are twisted until their scheme begins to unravel.
Profiles Theatre will present the Midwest Premiere of the critically-acclaimed new play, THE RADIANT ABYSS by Angus MacLachlan. THE RADIANT ABYSS was commissioned by and received its World Premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC in 2004. It was met with overwhelming critical acclaim in its premiere—the Washington Post raved, “Angus MacLachlan’s new comedy is filled with off-beat charm and a ripe sense of lunacy!”, Metro Weekly said, “MacLachlan’s ultra-contemporary, ultra-witty script is irreverent and fantastic!”, and the City Paper exclaimed, “MacLachlan has a field day with the ugly American tendency to chafe at our discontents without ever really understanding them. It’s every bit as funny as it is scary.”
Angus MacLachlan is the author of numerous plays and films. His plays include, “Stay” (selected for the 2002 A.S.K. Literary Project’s Writers Retreat, LA); “The Dead Eye Boy” (2000 Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize Award Winner, finalist for the Steinberg New Play Prize presented by the American Theatre Critics Association) which premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and opened in New York starring Lili Taylor at the Manhattan Class Company, and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. In 2002, it opened in London starring Olivier Award winner Brendan Coyle at the Hampstead Theatre. His play “Bridge” won the 2000 New Works Prize presented by Actor’s Theatre of Santa Rosa. In 2001 the Williamstown Theatre Festival nominated Mr. MacLachlan for the Kesselring Prize. Among his other plays are: “Stone” (Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum New Work Festival, 2003 starring Stacy Keach); “Divertimento” (produced at The Wonderhorse Theatre off-off Broadway).
Mr. MacLachlan’s feature film “Junebug” just received its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. An 18 minute short film he wrote, “Tater Tomater”, directed by Phil Morrison was aired on ‘American Playhouse’, and screened at the ‘92 Sundance Film Festival. In May of 2001, it was seen at the Museum of Modern Art in First Run Features’ “Best of 25 Years” retrospective. He has been awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Winston-Salem Arts Council, a Semans Grant, a NC Humanities Council Award, and Appalshop – the Southeast Media Fellowship Award. Mr. MacLachlan graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts Drama School.
Profiles Theatre’s production of THE RADIANT ABYSS will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox. Mr. Cox is most often associated with his work onstage having recently appeared at TimeLine Theatre in “Martin Furey’s Shot”, and in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “Orange Flower Water” at the Galway Arts Festival. At Profiles, Mr. Cox has won three Joseph Jefferson Citations for Principal Actor (“Blackbird”, “Some Voices”, and “Eye of God”), as well as two After Dark Awards for Outstanding Performance (“Popcorn” and “Carnal Knowledge”).
As a director, Mr. Cox has staged several acclaimed productions for Profiles over the years including the Midwest Premiere of “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abaire, “The Water Engine” by David Mamet, and “The Twilight Zone: The Series”. The production team includes: Annette Olszewski (Assistant Director); Artistic Director, Joe Jahraus (Set and Light Design); Company Member, Eric Burgher (Sound Design); Lindsay Gould (Costume Design); Julie Zarlenga (Stage Manager).
The role of Erin Skidmore will by played by Carolyn Klein. Ms. Klein most recently appeared at Next Theatre in “Accidental Death of an Anarchist”. Her other Chicago credits include, “Drink Me” with Seanachai Theatre, “Spring Awakening” with Strawdog Theatre, “Henry V” and “Blood Wedding” with The Hypocrites, and “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” with Theo Ubique. Ms. Klein received her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Ina will be played by Whitney Schaffer. Ms. Schaffer was most recently seen at Appetite Theatre in “The Years”. Prior to that, she was seen in “Harvest” with Tangerine Arts Group. Ms. Schaffer is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BS in Communications and Psychology. The role of Steve Enloe will be played by Profiles Company Member, Eric Burgher. Mr. Burgher has been a member of Profiles since 2002, and most recently appeared as Dan in Profiles’ Midwest Premiere of “Noise”. He is a theatre student at Columbia College, where he has been seen in “The Pillowman”, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “Prufrock”.