Author: David Zak

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…

Films

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: https://filmfreeway.com/PACPrideFilmFestival 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 www.pridefilmsandplays.com 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…

Plays

“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…

Plays

JEFF RECOMMENDED “PERFECT ARRANGEMENT”

Satiric comedy takes aim at homophobia in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C. In Topher Payne’s comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, it’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay. Set amidst the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Reviewing the comedy’s 2015 Off-Broadway production by Primary Stages, THE NEW YORK TIMES called it a “clever canapé of a comedy…Mr. Payne is a deft and witty writer.” THE NEW YORKER said of it “As hiding gets harder, pitch-perfect comedy ensues: slamming doors, strange disguises, preposterous excuses …Eventually, the four must decide whether face-saving domestic lies are worth it, or whether ostracism beats living in fear. In our own era of surveillance and paranoia, their mid-century problems don’t feel so far away.” Appearing as Bob will be Eric Lindahl, a Jeff Award winner and three-time Jeff nominee who has been seen in productions including ASSASSINS (Jeff Nomination, Kokandy); TITANIC (Griffin); SIDE SHOWMore…

Comedy Show

PAC presents 26 is Hilarious Late Night Sketch Comedy

“26” – Late night comedy show returns to Pride Arts Center on August 5 in a new time slot Collaborative sketch show to run Saturdays at 10 PM, August 5– September 23,  in The Buena, 4147 N. Broadway Chicago, IL – Late-Night at the Pride Arts Center announces the second round of its popular late night show,“26,” Saturday nights at 10pm, August 5th through September 23rd at The Buena, Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave. “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 Allison Heinz . The cast includes Casey S. Campbell, Matt Denton, Sarah Hazel, Dan Jackson, Theresa Liebhart, Anna Marck and Hannah Mary Simpson Get tickets here!     LISTING INFORMATION 26 Directed by Allison Heinz Featuring Casey S. Campbell, Matt Denton, Sarah Hazel, Dan Jackson, Theresa Liebhart, Anna Marck and Hannah Mary Simpson The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago August 5 – September 23, 2017 Saturadys, 10 pm Tickets: $10.00 Order online at http://www.prideartschicago.com/ or call 1.800.737.098            

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    “I love this organization and the work they do. Art that is celebratory, healing and inclusive. Pride Films and Plays, I’m honored to be a small part of your wonderful community.”   – Capathia Jenkins, Honorary Board Member We’re so proud to have Broadway star Capathia Jenkins in our PFP family. She’s someone who truly “gets it.” You, too, are someone who understands the value of high quality theater that shares the stories and struggles of our community. We can’t do this without you! In the past year, PFP has grown and expanded. At our new home at Pride Arts Center, we’ve been able to stage our first big musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and provide a home to other Chicago artists who share our mission of creativity and inclusivity, including resident companies Underscore Music Theater and Red Tape, among many others. We’ve come a long way from our little rehearsal space on Wilson Avenue. But our need for your support is greater than ever. That’s why we’re asking you to formally join the PFP family as a Wilson Society member. The Wilson Society is a foundational group of PFP supporters who make monthly donations of anyMore…