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What is the Pride Arts Center?

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER Pride Arts Center (PAC) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats. PAC is run by the primary tenant, Pride Films and Plays, a 501(c)3 organization in Chicago. PAC…

PRISCILLA: Queen of the Desert Must Close March 12!

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding…

Nelson Rodriguez Named PFP’s Artistic Director

Nelson Rodriguez, a Chicago-based actor and writer of Puerto Rican descent who has been an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays since August 2012, has been named the company’s Artistic Director, Executive Director David Zak announced today. “Nelson’s contributions to the company as an actor, production manager and curator of our film programming have…

PFP Announces Great New Season

2016-17 season to “Let in the Light” with Chicago premieres of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Nance, plus two world premieres Pride Films and Plays’ 2016-17 season will include two Chicago premieres of Tony Award nominated shows and two world premieres, Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez announced today. Under…

PFP to open Pride Arts Center!

Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in Uptown that were recently vacated by Profiles Theatre, Executive Director David Zak announced today. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the…

A History of Summer

Pride Films and Plays presents a special workshop of the glorious new musical A History of Summer, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro and book by Adam Mathias. Both of the authors have extensive credits (see full bios below) and will be coming to Chicago for one week to work with director David Zak,…

Counting

PFP’s first original short is Counting, directed by Dan Pal from a screenplay by Kari Morris. Counting features PFP Company Members Kenzie Siebert, Carolyn Reynolds, and Joan McGrath, and was shot on location in Chicago in July 2016. In 1951, Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes…

Winter Memories 2!

Winter Memories is a showcase that will feature some of the best and brightest of Chicago’s LGBT talent and allies. The evening begins December 7th at 7:00pm at Twisted Vine, 3530 N Halsted, an intimate cabaret in the heart of Boystown. Directed by Jordan Phelps, Winter Memories will feature Chris Logan, James Nedrud, Kevin Webb,…

Parking at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge

So far, parking seems to be pretty easy to find at Rivendell. The side streets do not require permits, and there is free parking at the Senn High School Lot a few blocks away. The closest el stop is Bryn Mawr on the red line. Walk west to Broadway, then northwest up Ridge to 5779. …

The Boy From Oz

Pride Films and Plays will conclude its remarkable Summer Season with The Boy From Oz, the Broadway musical which tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, and Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, The Boy…