Author: David Zak

Lesbian Interest, Screenplays, Staged Reading, Women

PFP’s LezPlay Readings Are This Weekend!

  Kellee Terrell’s Screenplay GEMMA named winner of 2017 LezPlay Competition Full-length screenplay of love, life, death, and the supernatural to receive staged reading at Pride Arts Center September 8 and 9 Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce Kellee Terrell’s screenplay GEMMA as the winner of our 2017 LezPlay Contest. Out of three dozen entries, three scripts advanced to the finals. Pride Films and Plays’ Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez applauds the top-scoring scripts for elevating and celebrating dyke drama (and comedy), and showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. Terrell’s winning script will receive four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings during LezPlay Weekend September 8-9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago. The two finalists were THANATRON, a play by Carolyn Gage, and IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, a screenplay by Katherine Varga. LezPlay, now in its seventh year, enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role. To judge the submissions, Allison L. Fradkin, LezPlay’s Literary Coordinator, assembled a reading team of 25 industry professionals who served asMore…


The Nance Extends to Aug 13.

Pride Films & Plays season opener, The Nance by Douglas Carter Beane opened July 6th in The Broadway at Pride Arts Center. Not only is The Nance Jeff Recommended, the critics love this Chicago premiere! The Nance is directed by PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca, with Music Direction by PFP Artistic Associate Robert Ollis. The cast features Vince Kracht, Royen Kent, PFP Artistic Associate Patrick Rybarczyk, Britt-Marie Sivertsen, Steph Vondell, and Melissa Young. The Nance plays Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 5 PM through August 13. Get your tickets here! The Chicago Tribune – 3.5 Stars “The Nance, now in a terrific local premiere with Pride Films and Plays, captures that fractious and fraught era through the lens of the title stock character.” “Nasca, who also designed the delightfully declasse costumes, stages the “real” burlesque numbers with flair and fire…” “Kracht delivers a smart and sensitive take on Chauncey that shows us a man divided between what he wants and what he knows he can deliver in a relationship. ” Stage and Cinema “The Nance is a pizzazz-packed trove where gags meet giggles.” ” John Nasca’s spirited staging for Pride Plays drives home Beane’s bittersweet depiction of a showbiz dinosaur…”   Royen KentMore…


PAC presents BEDS; a double bill of JERKER and 2 Boys….

The double-bill BEDS, directed by David Zak, will begin performances June 4th , includes Jerker, a two-character play by Robert Chesley, that premiered in 1986 in Los Angeles and 2 Boys  In A Bed On A Cold Winter Night by James Edwin Parker (1995). Jerker follows the relationship that develops between a veteran and a businessman in the beginning years of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. Although they “meet” only through a series of phone calls, they grow from being phone sex buddies to caring friends. The play’s full title is Jerker: The Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn … San Francisco in Twenty Telephone Calls, Many of Them Dirty. The cast of Jerker will be Trevor Bates and Cody Dericks. The other half of the double-bill, Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night by James Edwin Parker, premiered off-Broadway in New York in 1995. It’s a two-character play about two gay men who have just finished their sexual tryst after meeting earlier that night in a Manhattan bar. The play will be performed by Nick Bryant and Christopher Kauffmann.

Lesbian Interest, To Submit a Play

PFP Announces LezPlay Contest

  Want to see more Sapphic stories onstage and onscreen? Then enter Pride Films & Plays’ LezPlay Contest! The mission of LezPlay is to honor excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way. The LezPlay Contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women. We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life. From now until our extended deadline of June 15, we welcome submissions of full-length scripts from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised. We are seeking scripts from women of all stripes and types. Regardless of how you identify as a woman, and even if your identity is not queer-cut, if your play, screenplay, or teleplay sharesMore…

Comedy Show

PAC Presents Musical Comedy Whore

David Pevsner, an out gay actor and Skokie native who has appeared in New York productions of When Pigs Fly and Party, contributed songs to Naked Boys Singing, and performed an autobiographical one-man show called To Bitter and Back at Bailiwick Repertory in 2002 will take the Broadway stage for five nights from May 31 – June 4. He’ll perform his latest one-man musical, Musical Comedy Whore.

Theater for Young Audiences, Uncategorized

PRIDE CAMP – PFP’s New Education Program!

Summer programs include Theater for Young Audiences, Rainbow Shakespeare for High School Students, Puppetry from Tristan Tom, and more! Pride Arts Center is creating all-inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ allies. This will include summer Pride Camps for middle school and high school aged students, using theater arts to learn more about navigating our complex world. Our Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) program will produce plays for families looking to share stories with their children that have themes/characters living outside of society’s traditional gender binary. These performances are by professional actors.Enroll in Pride Camp here. Classes RAINBOW SHAKESPEARE High School students can sign up for Rainbow Shakespeare, a week-long workshop taught by Pride Films and Plays Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham that uses Shakespeare’s plays to explore changing gender norms. There are two unique session of Rainbow Shakespeare – July 10 and July 24. OUR WORLD OUR WAY Middle School students can sign up for OUR WORLD OUR WAY, a one-week workshop creating a musical which celebrates life today. That program will be held the week of July 17. PUPPET WORKSHOP Students of all ages are invited to take a one-week class using puppets to create their very own performance. TheMore…

Plays, Uncategorized

PAC Presents Unity in Dance

PAC’s month of Pride activities will conclude on Sunday, June 18 with Unity in Dance – a program of same-sex dances choreographed and performed by members of the Giordano Dance Chicago. Order Window Launch Button Buy Button | Buy Link This code is ideal for inserting into a website. Using this code gives you greater control over look and feel and provides a good user experience. This code produces a “Buy Tickets Now” button. Order Window Link This link is ideal for inserting into Emails, social networking sites, or anywhere HTML code cannot be used. If inserting into a website, use the “Website Code” instead.


PAC presents Queer Bits Film Festival

Pride Films and Plays announces that several short films will receive receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Film Festival. Dozens of entries were received from countries around the world for consideration. The screening begins at 7:30 on June 17, and will be followed by a brief talkback and social hour with the audience and special guests .  Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, nudity, and strong language. You are going to love them! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III is sponsored in part by Harold Ramis Film School at Second City.