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Art Activists Fight to End the Abuses at Profiles Theatre

~ by Ty Pi

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Profiles Theatre Windows of Shame (Photo taken by an anonymous tenant.)

On Thursday, June 9th, 2016, an explosive and lengthy article was released in The Chicago Reader. Written by Aimee Levitt and Christopher Piatt, the report details the abuses taking place at the famed Profiles Theatre. The alleged abuser is actor/artistic director Darrell W. Cox, with co-founder/artistic director Joe Jahraus allegedly complicit to these abuses.

The story has since been picked up by Jezebel, Playbill, The New York Times, and The Chicago Sun-Times.

The day the story went into print, a group of art activists, led by Emma Couling and Gaby Labotka, took action in front of Profiles Theatre, handing out copies of the damning article. Later that stormy night, Legendary Lew and I got to witness them put up multiple Chicago Reader front page covers and the full article on the windows of Profiles Theatre.

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Art activists in front of Profiles Theatre. “Whatever the Truth Requires” is the Profiles’ mission statement. (Photo taken by a supporter.)

In the video featured below, you’ll hear Couling, Labotka, and Anna Rose li-Epstein state why they were demonstrating.

You can also visit the activist site, Not In Our House, where their mission statement reads, “Join us as we lead a cultural shift to strengthen our collective experience by working together to protect and develop our artists, our theatres, and our Chicago Theatre Community.” The activists featured in the video are not affiliated with Not In Our House, but are acting independently.

 

 

TUGM Honored with Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2013” Award for Facets Night School

scumbabiesposterExactly a year ago, I programmed the summertime Facets Night School midnight lecture and movie series at Facets Multimedia. At the time, Facets had gained some stiff competition from local theaters wanting to expand their viewership into the midnight hours.

Although, a number of the other theaters provided some good fare, I think we were ahead of the curve. I wanted to show movies not shown elsewhere, taking the advice of an old high school tennis coach, “hit the ball where they ain’t.”  Insisting that the proposed movies and lectures “either question the sanity of the filmmaker or the viewer,” The Underground Multiplex and Facets were lucky to have this great schedule hosted by very talented and knowledgeable film geeks.

Now, Facets Night School–and thus, by association, The Underground Multiplex–have been honored by The Chicago Reader with their staff award for “Best Late Night Programming of 2013.”

My many thanks go out to The Chicago Reader and those who helped gain this award: Chris Damen, Bruce Neal, Dominick Mayer, Katie Rife, Jef Burnham, Michael Smith, Tyler Pistorius, Ron Degrauwe, Brian Elza, Jason Coffman, Peter Damm, Drew Francisco, Nate Wells, Dee Materis, Lauren Whalen. Special thanks to Facets and especially Phil Morehart and Susan Doll for the inspiration of Night School. And, of course, the fantastic Joseph R. Lewis for his awesome brilliance.

Legendary Lew