Profiles Theatre to stage Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men
Profiles Theatre says it will premiere a stage version of Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men. The famously prickly playwright, who has found a de facto Chicago home for his work at Profiles, has newly revised his script, which began its life as a stage play but is best known as the 1997 film of the same name that made a splash at Sundance, kickstarting the careers of writer-director LaBute and star Aaron Eckhart.
Rick Snyder will direct LaBute's play, which follows two male coworkers who scheme to take out their frustrations with women by intentionally toying with the affections of a hearing-impaired woman in their company. Profiles is billing the stage version, running May 10–June 30, as a world premiere; it replaces the previously announced revised production of LaBute's 2010 piece The Break of Noon, which is now postponed for a second time (it was originally announced for April 2012).
In the Company of Men will be Profiles' ninth LaBute production since 2006. Casting is yet to be determined.