Category: Contests

Company News, Contests

Women’s Words!

So we have a new title, but still the same great program. PFP’s Women’s Words Contest is for screenplays and stage plays written by women with lesbian characters or themes. Applications are being accepted now into the 2014 Contest. Please note the contest fee supports the costs of the festival, including payments to finalists in all categories, as well as artist fees for the performance weekend, and marketing for the festival. Dramatists Guild members can enter for free from April 15 to 3o. Find more information here.

Company News, Contests, Events, Plays, Staged Reading

Gay Play Weekend May 9 to 11, 2014

 PFP’s Gay Play Weekend includes a thrilling musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing.  These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest.The scripts will be staged as enhanced staged reading with movement and some design elements, done by five exciting directors: Eric Hoff, Larry Baker, John Nasca, Katherine Siegel, and Derek Van Barham.The schedule for Gay Play Weekend is: Friday, May 9 at 7pm The View UpStairs by Max Vernon; directed by Eric Hoff Saturday, May 10 at 2pm Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield; directed by Katherine Siegel Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds; directed by John Nasca Sunday, May 11 at 11am, The Book of Andy by Michael J. Mejia; directed by Derek Van Barham Sunday, May 11 at 3pm, Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott; directed by Larry Baker Tickets for each performance are $10, or $5 for students and seniorsMore…

Company News, Contests, Plays, Staged Reading, Uncategorized

Five Finalists in 2014 Great Gay Play Contest Named!

Four New Plays And One Musical With LGBT Themes Or Characters Are Named Finalists in Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play and Musical Contest Five finalists have now been named in the Great Gay Play And Musical Contest sponsored by Pride Films and Plays.  The works are as varied as the writers, and PFP will present enhanced staged readings of these works in May at Center on Halsted. The finalists are: The Book Of Andy by Michael J. Mejia Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield The View UpStairs by Max Vernon Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds Synopses of the plays and bios of the playwrights: [toggle type=”white” title=”The Book of Andy” active=””] The Book Of Andy by Michael J. Mejia, Delano, CA After Andy responds I don’t know to a marriage proposal, he visits his exes to find what went wrong with them. When he finds they’re thriving without him, Andy lies and tells them he’s dying. Michael J. Mejia is a known and produced playwright from Kern County, California. After receiving BA’s in English and Theatre from Cal-State Bakersfield, he received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, Asia,More…

Company News, Contests, Plays

Seventeen New Plays And Musicals With LGBT Themes Or Characters Are Named Semi-finalists in PFP’s Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

A slate of 17 vibrant and kinetic new LGBT scripts and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays 2014 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States and Great Britain, and have been read by several dozen film and theater professionals. The semi-finalists are: All Around The Mulberry Bush by Tate A. Geborkoff The Book Of Andy by Michael J. Mejia Commander by Mario Correa Eye Of The Storm book and co-composer/lyrics by McKinley Johnson, co-composers/lyrics by David Taylor and Marshall Titus The First Step by Michael Leeds Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott The Glass Protégé by Dylan Costello Homemade by Josh Levine Mama’s Girls by Marilynn Barner Anselmi Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield Private Proceedings by Philip Hall Rake by Diane Baia Hale Shit-House Crazy by Julie Akeret The View UpStairs by Max Vernon Trust Fall by Mary Steelsmith Waiting… by Michael O’Dell Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds Three  of the plays are by Network Writers of Pride Films and Plays – Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Dylan Costello, and Mary Steelsmith – meaning they were a finalist in a least one previous contest. Two of the plays listedMore…

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays, One Screening of LGBT Shorts in Gay Film Weekend

Chicago, IL – Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man’s revelation of painful secrets. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre November 15 to 17. Tickets can be purchased here. Our 5 finalists are: The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger The Passion Child by Amir Sade Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr. Saguaro by Brandon Yarns And here is the schedule  for the weekend: Friday, November 15 at 6pm – Kickoff Reception Friday, November 15 at 7pm – Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners (directed by Nelson Rodriguez) Saturday, November 16 at 2pm – Buddy Booth by Edward Yaeger, Jr. (directed by Sonita Surratt) Saturday, November 16 at 5pm – Screening of Short Films Saturday, November 16 at 7pm – The StarfishMore…

Contests, Events

12 Finalists Announced for Women’s Work Contest

[button type=”churchope_button” url=”” target=”” button_color_fon=”#1e8cc5″ ]Learn More[/button] Pride Films and Plays Announces 12 Finalists in Women’s Work [two_third last=last][/two_third] A Contest for Plays and Screenplays With Lesbian Themes or Characters Written by Women The work of six finalists will be performed during Women’s Work Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre September 13 to 15 Our 12 fantastic finalists are: [one_half] Fuse by Erin Blackwell Home of the Black Swan by Maria Della Croce Lesbian Zombie Killers by Robyn Jackson The Portraitist by Fengar Gael The Green Door by Gail Hackston Sweetwater by Christina Hulen [/one_half] [one_half last=last] The Fine Art of Leaving Footprints by H. Dawn Johnston 180 Degree Rule by M.E.H. Lewis and Barbara Lhota Let All Mortal Flesh by Pat Montley Caenis and Poseidon by Bridgette Dutta Portman Moon Dancers by Mary Steelsmith Semi-Circle by Eileen Tull [/one_half] Of these dozen finalists, six will be presented as enhanced staged readings during the Women’s Work Festival, which runs September 13-15, 2013, at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL. Tickets for each performance are $10 and can be purchased through  


Great Gay Play and Screenplay Contests

Pride Films and Plays fosters excellence in writing for the stage and screen with LGBT themes by linking an international network of writers to our Artistic Ensemble in Chicago and professionals working in the field internationally. Using stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops human stories that speak for the community and is essential viewing for all audiences. PFP’s contests – the Great Gay Play Contest, Women’s Work (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes) and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest – reach their conclusion during Festival Weekends of readings and workshops sponsored by Center on Halsted. Writers from around the world have worked with PFP’s Artistic Ensemble in extensive rehearsals and performances of “enhanced staged readings” which include movement, blocking and technical elements. PFP’s fully staged productions include reinvigorated classics, Chicago premieres, and world premieres of scripts that have been developed in the contests. The 2011 Great Gay Play Contest winner, Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Ureata, has had multiple regional productions, and the 2012 winner At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper was Jeff-recommended in Chicago and recently concluded a successful run in Los Angeles.More…