Broadway Theater, Comedy Show, Plays

ALTERED BOY – Garrett Allain’s hit show in The Buena

PRIDE ARTS CENTER Ppresents a hilarious one-man show! ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who he thought he was. Journey with Garrett through storytelling, song, dance, and video in this earnest yet very funny one-man show.  ALTERED BOY – a one-man show by Garrett Allain – earned laughs and tugged at hearts in the Fifth Annual Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773 this past September. Garrett Allain hails from Prairieville, Louisiana, where the fish and mosquitos aren’t the only things that bite. He acted in his first play in the second grade and was hooked. Ascension Community Theatre credits include THE FOREIGNER (Ellard Simms), CYRANO (Ragueneau), and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Mendel/Russian Dancer). He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Los Angeles to study contemporary and classical theatre, with a secondary focus on dance, singing, and film. Garrett will soon make his five-year mark in Chicago, where heMore…

Broadway Theater, Drag Variety Show

Charles Busch: My Kinda 60’s

“Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, Charles Busch is always the epitome of entertainment and class.” Cabaret Scenes Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, returns with a new show that gets to the essence of this legendary entertainer. Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960’s, Charles will be singing a great songbook from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of among others Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb. Songs include Two for the Road, Anyone Who Had a Heart and The Times They Are A-Changin’. He will be appearing with his long-time musical director/ arranger Tom Judson in a unique evening of music and storytelling, both hilarious and poignant. Performances of Charles Busch: My Kinda 60’s are Sunday and Monday January 21 and 22.  Reserved seats are $75, and general admission tickets are $50. The performance is in the Broadway at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway, Chicago, CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays asMore…

Buena Theater, Comedy Show, Trans Interest, Uncategorized


A Pride Arts Center Presentation As a trans male, Jamie Black has had experience living as both a male and a female, making him uniquely qualified to explore the issue of gender norms. His one-man show, IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO has been performed around in festivals around North America, including the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Sideshow Fringe Festival in Nashville, TN, St. Lou Fringe Festival, and in summer 2017, the Toronto Fringe Festival. Locally, IT’S MY PENIS…. Has been performed at the Filet of Solo Festival, the Rhinoceros Festival and the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival. His first solo show, Living Inside Myself, was produced by Bailiwick Repertory and played to audiences across the country. In this 50-minute show, to be performed in The Buena, Pride Arts Center, from January 5 through February 11, 2018; Black plays both the male and female members of three different couples: two college students after a date, a husband and wife in serious trouble, and an elderly man facing death and, after that, his widow. It explores a moment in each couple’s life and how each one perceives that moment based upon theirMore…



Casting for Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story was announced today by David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays. YANK! is the story of a midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier in his squad and is later introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Zak will direct the musical, with Robert Ollis providing musical direction and Jenna Schoppe choreography. Playing Stu, a scared kid who gets drafted in 1943, will be Matthew Huston, who appeared with Pride Films and Plays most recently in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT. William Dwyer, who was Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Light Opera Works’ MY FAIR LADY last year, will play Mitch, the handsome soldier he meets and falls in love with. John Marshall Jr. (MAMMA MIA at Marriott and ALL SHOOK UP at Theater at the Center) has been cast as Artie, a self-assured gay reporter for “Yank – a magazine by and about servicemen.” Molly LeCaptain, who recently appeared in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY with NightBlue Performing Arts and has had leading roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL:More…


December Film Fest

  PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL titles announced for December 12 screenings Four short films explore the theme –  “The Families of the LGBT Community” Chicago, IL – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pride Films and Plays’ monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films, which was launched in October, will continue with its third monthly festival on Tuesday, December 12. The four films to be screened all reflect on the theme “The Families of the LGBT Community.”  Understanding our family members, revealing who we are as individuals and who we are as families. The December 12 screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm. PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL December 2017 Program (Click here or on images to access high res files) Adult  Directed by Jamieson Pearce, Australia, 12min.Having enabled a loss that now torments her, an old woman enters an adult store in search of redemption.  Adapted from a short story by Christos Tsiolkas. Cas Directed by Joris van den Berg, Netherlands, 50 min.In the comedy-drama CAS, Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own. Gradually, both menMore…

Broadway Theater, Comedy Show

26 presents HAPPY HOLIGAYS!

26 Presents: Happy holigays 26 PRESENTS: HAPPY HOLIGAYS is the fourth edition of Pride Films and Plays’ popular late night performance series inspired by the horror movie anthology THE ABCS OF DEATH. Our nine actors will present 26 scenes each inspired by a word that begins with a letter of the alphabet. Playwrights from across the Chicagoland area have created the 26 unique scenes. Performances will be   Saturday    nights at   10:30 pm,   December 2, 9 and 16 at The Buena, Pride Arts Center. “26” features sketches written by the Chicago theater, sketch and improv community including: Carson Birdsong, Ross Christian, Amanda Foreman, Brian Gore, Wen Powers, Kallie Rolison, Tim Skau, as well as the performing cast.   It is directed by Amanda Forman .

Films, To Submit a Film

Submit Your Film

The Pride Arts Center (PAC) provides the best LGBT films their Chicago premieres. The Pride Film Festival is a monthly screening series dedicated to LGBT filmmakers, presenting audiences with internationally produced LGBT independent cinema every second Tuesday of the month at the Pride Arts Center (PAC) Broadway Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. This year-round film festival celebrates the international LGBT independent film scene while also bringing together and strengthening the Chicago LGBT filmmaking community with networking opportunities. PAC currently seeks quality submissions for its Pride Film Festival which showcases feature length and short films. Submissions must include content related to the LGBT experience. Entries may be submitted in one of the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Documentary, Animated, Sci Fi, Music Video, Student or Short film.  The deadline for our Feb. thru May screenings is December 16th, 2017.  All films must be submitted to: Festival Dates: December 12 January 9 February 13 March 13 April 10 May 8  

Broadway Theater, Comedy Show, Drag Variety Show

PAC THE HOUSE: Drag and Comedy the last Sunday of each month!

Performers announced for November 26 edition of Pride Arts Center’s monthly variety showcase, PAC THE HOUSE Drag artists Coco Iman and Ryan Royale to host Pride Films and Plays’s monthly series of shows spotlighting a cross-genre feast of queer and queer-ally local performers will continue on Sunday, November 26th at 8pm with a show hosted by drag artists Coco Iman and Ryan Royale. The featured acts will include standup comedy by Jake Dewar, a clown act by Lyla Whedbee and music from hip-hop artist Marcus Garlington. PAC THE HOUSE is performed monthly on varying Sundays in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center at 4139 N. Broadway. Curtain times are 8 pm and tickets are priced at $12 online and $15 at the door and are available at or 1 800 737 0984. The next monthly performance will be December 17, 2017. ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM ON NOVEMBER 26TH Jake Dewar is an actor, comedian, musician, and filmmaker who has trained in improvisation at the Second City, iO, and the Annoyance theater. Jake has produced numerous original sketch/musical comedy albums (which you can find online), and recently performed a one-man sketch revue called “Kick the World” at the Second City DeMaat TheaterMore…

Lesbian Interest, To Submit a Play, Women

Call for Submissions: Pride Films & Plays Seeks Short Plays for History Lezons Festival

Call for Submissions: Pride Films & Plays Seeks Short Plays for History Lezons Festival We already observe Women’s History Month. Now it’s time to celebrate Women-Loving-Women’s History Month.   (And by “women,” we mean anyone who is female-identified.) Pride Films & Plays is seeking short plays about women who refine, define, and redefine the expression “out with the old.”  Whether you’re spotlighting women once considered yester-gay’s news or reminiscing of days gone bi, we want to pay homage to the formidable fortitude of our foremothers, be they factual figures in history or fictional figures of your own creation.  As long as your play explores some aspect of women-loving-women’s history, it can be set in any historical time period and can be in any genre.  The “History Lezons” festival of short plays will be curated by Allison L. Fradkin, Literary Coordinator of Pride Films & Plays’ LezPlay Contest, and Iris Sowlat, director/producer and member of our LezPlay InQbator program.  Performances will take place at Pride Arts Center in Chicago for two weeks in March 2018.   Guidelines:  Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as women.  Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 5 characters.  Playwrights may submitMore…


“His Greatness” is Highly Recommended! EXTENDED Through 11/18

Pride Films & Plays to Produce HIS GREATNESS By Daniel MacIvor A play inspired by the later years of Tennessee Williams’ life Three men – a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler – find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a ‘potentially true story’ during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.  Pride Films and Plays will stage the play from October 14 – November 12, 2017 in The Buena, the 50-seat venue of the Pride Arts Center. The Buena is located at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The press opening will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. HIS GREATNESS had its world premiere in Vancouver in 2007 and its U.S. Premiere at the New York Fringe Festival in 2009. Since then, it has enjoyed major productions in Toronto in 2011 and in London in 2012. The TORONTO STAR called it “aMore…