Category: Awards

Awards, Benefits

Nominee Night

Performers from Bailiwick Chicago, Theo Ubique, Kokandy Productions, Pride Films and Plays, Boho, and Signal Theater Ensemble Celebrate Nominee Night at Sidetrack on Tuesday, May 19. Artists from many of the Jeff Award Nominated musical productions of the 2014-15 Season will be featured at Nominee Night, a showcase at Sidetrack on May 19. Performers scheduled to appear include Garret Lutz and Carol Buinis from Kokandy’s The Full Monty, Jim DeSelm from Boho’s Parade, Callie Johnson from Bailiwick Chicago’s Carrie, Sam Button-Harrison from Pride Films and Plays’ The Book of Merman, and Courtney Jones from Signal Theater Ensemble’s The Next Thing. Also on the bill are Don Johnson, Maxwell J. DeTogne from Jesus Christ Superstar at Theo Ubique, and Matthew Keffer, Danni Smith, and Sharriese Hamilton from The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago. And a very special guest is David Schlumpf, last year’s Jeff Award Winner for Best Actor in a Musical. Accompanists for the evening are Robert Ollis and Jeremy Ramey, both past Jeff Award Recipients. Attendees can also purchase chances to win exciting door prizes including dinners, Wendella Boat Rides, Theater Tickets, and more! Doors open at 6:30 pm, with a musical program from 7:00 to 8:30. General AdmissionMore…


Vote for PFP’s Nominees

PFP has 8 nomiees in the awards. And you too can vote for the winner!  Look for all the PFP nominees in the resident non-Equity theater categories, and vote for: Some Men, Best Revival of a Play Nora Elise Ulrey, Best Actress in The Children’s Hour Nelson Rodriguez*, Best Actor in Some Men Nicholas Bailey, Best Actor in The Submission David Zak* and Derek Van Barham* – Best Director of a Play, Some Men Derek Van Barham*, Best Director of a Musical, Songs From An Unmade Bed. Robert Ollis*, Best Musical Direction, Songs from an Unmade Bed Simply Sensational – Best Theatrical Event *Denotes Members of PFP’s Artistic Ensemble

Awards, Screenplays

Christopher M. Halligan’s “1974′ Wins 2014 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2014 Great Gay Screenplay contest is 1974 by Christopher M. Halligan. The victor was selected Sunday, November 16 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Week in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included enhanced staged readings of the top five scripts, including Agent Call Boy by James Rosenfield, The Celestial by Barry Brennessel, How to Be a Homosexual by JB Berg, and Chance Meetings by John Woodard. The week also commenced on Monday, November 10 with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival at the Public House Theatre. The festival included 10 short films all having their Chicago premieres and was followed by an entertaining talkback with Chicago filmmaker Dan Pal, whose short Scotty and Josh Get Enlightened was featured in the festival. Pride Films and Plays was delighted to have Christopher M. Halligan, Barry Brennessel, and JB Berg attend the festival weekend and hear their screenplays come to life. The screenwriters noted how exciting and important to their development it is to hear their work performed. 1974 Synopsis: 1974 breaks all the stereotypes surrounding the American Dream as an interconnected group of people must faceMore…

Awards, Company News

Gay Film Weekend

Congratulations JB Berg, Barry Brennessel, Chris Halligan, James Rosenfield, and John Woodard! This fall, Pride Films and Plays developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists- Chris Halligan, James Rosenfield, Barry Brennessel, John Woodard, and JB Berg – have been named in PFP’s Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The screenplays named as finalists include a wide array of subject matter ranging from an exciting historical drama of two men battling for their love, a comedy about two men looking for one another in LA, a subversive period drama that weaves characters finding their voices and new paths in life, a fun coming-of-age tale, and a suspenseful story of a spy that develops romantic feelings for a man that happens to be a national security threat. Queer Bits Fall Film Fest will kick off the week of film related activities, with a screening of short LGBT films receiving their Chicago premieres. Queer Bits is at 7:30 on Monday, November 10 at 7:30PM at Public House Theater, 3914 N Clark.  A subsequent release will detail the films to be premiered. The fiveMore…

Awards, Contests

Enter the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

We are gearing up for the 2014 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. This year for the first time we are using FilmFreeway as the entry portal. And you can enter the contest here between September 1 and October 31. Also new for the first time this year, only one play per writer will be accepted, so make it your best one!  Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from the entry fee by using the code 2014DG when applying.

Awards, Company News

Congratulations Nora!

Congratulations to Nora Lise Ulrey for winning a Jeff Award last night for The Children’s Hour, directed by Derek Bertelsen. We are proud of her, and all our Jeff Nominees, including Robert Ollis, Jordan Phelps, Derek Van Barham, and Kevin Webb! And congratulations to the Jeff Committee and the Chicago theater community for a great night!

Awards, Films, Screenplays

PFP Announces “Boys In Summer” by Dennis Shinners the winner of the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2013 Great Gay Screenplay contest is Boys In Summer by Dennis Shinners. The award was presented Sunday, November 17 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Weekend in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included ‘enhanced staged readings’ of the top five scripts, including The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger, The Passion Child by Amir Sade, Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr., and Saguaro by Brandon Yarns. The weekend also included screenings of the short films The Wait by Mary Guzmán, Scotty Works OUT by Dan Pal, Coffee Talk: Episodes 3 and 4 by Skyrider Films, and Hypocrites + Strippers by Kim Yaged, all having their Chicago premieres. After the contest, Dennis sent us the following note: “Holy crap!” I blurted out when it was announced that I won this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay contest. Not my preferred choice of words, but I hold the martini that was in hand at the time responsible. Not only was I surprised but very happy I chose to take part in this year’s tough competition amongst talented writers.  Truth be told I hadMore…

Awards, Events, Uncategorized

Vote for PFP’s Productions of “Beautiful Thing” and “Under A Rainbow Flag”

Pride Films and Plays productions of Beautiful Thing and Under A Rainbow Flag have been nominated for awards!  We would appreciate if you help vote for our artists! Beautiful Thing is up for Best Actor and Best Revival. Under A Rainbow Flag is up for Best Direction, New Work, Musical Direction, and Sound Design. Check out the voting action here.

Awards, Events, Plays

Two Awards – Hip Hip Hooray!

Under A Rainbow Flag – Best Musical – Best New Work! We are thrilled that in our first first season of Jeff Eligibility, we have won two awards for the world premiere musical Under A Rainbow Flag! Our congratulations go to author Leo Schwartz who won a Jeff for Best New Work, and to the entire cast and creative team as Under A Rainbow Flag was named Best Musical of the Year! We congratulate all our of nominees – Director David Zak, Musical Director Robert Ollis, and Best Supporting Actor Nominee James Nedrud who made this production worthy of a Best Musical Nomination! And all the cast, crew, audience members and donors who made the premiere of this musical such an exciting event.