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Films Selected for PFP’s LezPlay Film Fest

 LezPlay Film Festival Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on February 22nd, 2016.   Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay Film Festivalincludes a couple’s existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double life, a student teacher bond through secret love, an older woman’s exploration of her past, the loss of balance in the dynamic of two, a conversation about Clitoris & Clitoris Awareness, the ups and downs of a young Lesbian relationship and the search for the perfect dance partner. The screening commences at 7:30PM, is approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a brief talkback. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 7:00 PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the complete evening of programs are $10.   or call 1.800.737.0984.   LezPlay Film Festival Selections: Our Place Director: Al Benoit; Writers: Kelsey Cornell & Al Benoit US, 18 minutes 56 seconds) A youngMore…

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History Comes Alive in “Ten Dollar House”

Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Ten Dollar House by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer which will be directed by Michael D. Graham, and running at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston from January 7 to 31. In this true story of love and historic preservation set in Depression-era Wisconsin, a London-based decorator and a local drifter fall in love as they restore a dilapidated rock cottage. With a “gay marriage” that hides in plain sight, Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum create Pendarvis house, an improbable business venture that transforms an entire town. Ten Dollar House premiered this year at Broom Street Theatre in Madison, and was a finalist for 2015 New Works Festival at St. Paul’s History Theater. Evanston writers Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer developed Ten Dollar House with PFP through staged readings in Wisconsin, Chicago and Evanston. The cast features Scott Patrick Sawa (Bob Neal), Joe Anderson (Edgar Hellum), Tom Chiola* (William Gundry), Jean Marie Koon (Marjorie King), Mindy Barber (Betty Cass), and Nathan Elder (Understudy).  Michael D. Graham directs, and designs are by Joshua D. Allard (costumes), Sarah Lewis (set), by Kallie Rolison* (Sound), and Aimee Warshal (lights). Ten DollarMore…

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Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two  leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer). This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza’s singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show. Accompanied by a jazz combo, this lively cabaret show will feature those solos, duets and medleys that are Judy and Liza classics. This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique mother/daughter relationship that they shared and to see how Liza learned so much in performance from Judy — the consummate song stylist. Judy and Liza — Once in a Lifetime previews Sunday, January 31st (7:00 p.m.) at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway.) Press opening is Monday February 1 at Uptown Underground at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range between $15 and $25. For ticket information call Uptown UndergroundMore…


Buy a LezPlay Pass and see a great season of shows!

In 2016, you can see a full season of plays and films written by women with lesbian characters or themes. Buy a LezPlay Pass, and join us for: Two world premiere productions including Raggedy And (March 10 to April 20) and Resolution (Oct 10 to Nov 10) both at Rivendell. Summer LezFest and Winter  LezFest, both at Mary’s Attic Queer Bits LezPlay Film Fest in February at Public House Theater. LezPlay Weekend in September at Center on Halsted. Buy your LezPlay Pass today!

Company News, Events

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, Scott Gryder, Donterrio Johnson, Desmond Gray, Naima Hebrail, Parker Haines, Delia Kropp, Justin LaForte and Robert Ollis. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Food is available from the Twisted Vine menu, and there is cash bar available. Each ticket holder gets entered in a drawing for holiday door prizes. Tickets can be purchased at 1 800 747 0984 or on line here.  

Events, Films

Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II, November 9

Pride Films and Plays announces Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on November 9, 2015. Come check out short films that are packing plenty! The full program of short films will be announced a month prior to the screening. The evening will be split into two one-hour programs.  Program A begins 7:30PM and will be followed by a talkback with Chicago director Dan Pal who created the Scotty and Josh series. The second screening will commence at 9:00PM. Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the whole evening (Program A & B) are available for $15 or you can get individual program tickets for $10 each. Student and Senior tickets are also available. Tickets are on sale now by clicking the button below or by calling 1-800-737-0984.   Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II Selections: Program A – Starting at 7:30 pm   Another Party With Scotty Writer/Director: Dan Pal (US, 13 minutes 47 seconds) In Part 3 of the Scotty & Josh trilogy, the characters’ relationship is put to a final test as they attend a party celebratingMore…

Benefits, Events

PFP’s Community Day at Marty’s Martini Bar

Join Pride Films and Plays as we raise some funds while you raise a glass at Marty’s Martini Bar. It’s a time of celebration kicking off more great shows for 2015 and 2016! Here’s how you can support us – come to Marty’s between 2-5 pm on Sunday, September 20, and order a drink or two (or three). Every dollar you spend goes directly to PFP! Come for an hour or stay for all three – it’s that simple! We hope to see you at Marty’s Martini Bar,1511 W Balmoral, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

Events, Plays

LezPlay 2015 Features 5 New Works!

        Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our LezPlay contest. The judges have named five finalists, including a teleplay and four stage plays. and these writers will have their scripts presented as staged readings during LezPlay Weekend, which runs September 11-13 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. LezPlay honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – are central. In these works you will meet an assassin-for-hire, a community college professor, a movie-obsessed teen, a young woman crippled with fear, and a turn of the century woman with a secret. The scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings.   The performance schedule is as follows: Friday, Sept 11, 7:00 pm Black-Hearted Bitch, a teleplay by Lynn Kear, directed by Eileen Tull Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm The Patron Saint of Dead Dogs, a stage play by Katie Grotzinger, directed by Kate Leslie. Saturday, Sept 12, 7:00 pm Resolution, a play by Nancy Nyman & Heather McNama, directed by Charlie Marie McGrath. Sunday, Sept 13, 2:00 pm Missed Connections, a play by Hallie Palladino, directed by Lexi Saunders. Sunday, SeptMore…

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LezFest II: A One Night Fling on July 27

          Tickets are going fast. Get yours now to avoid disappointment! After being a sold out success in 2014, Pride Films & Plays announces another year of LezFest: A One Night Fling , a celebration of women who love women in words, songs, music and theater on July 27 at 7 pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark. Join PFP for an evening all about lesbian empowerment through art, showcasing a vast mix of Chicago’s best taking the stage and sharing their talents. Purchase tickets here. Featured performers include Lauren Sivak , published storyteller in Story Club Magazine and Managing Director for Walkabout Theatre Angelica Roque most recently known for her performance at The Steppenwolf Garage in The Walk Across America for Mother Earth Ali Hoefnagel, storyteller, actor and Education and Outreach Director for About Face Theatre Musical guest Florence Nightinjail Known for her role as Mrs. Zero in the Adding Machine at Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, Liz Pazik Eileen Tull performance artist, director and co-curator with Sappho’s Salon Comic and improvisor with The Annoyance Theatre, Shannon Noll Featured performance artist with Was The Word and Cod in Slaughter City, Kate Hawbaker-Krohn Guitarist and singer, Carolyn ReynoldsMore…


PFP Free Season Preview at Center on Halsted!

LIMELIGHT SERIES PRESENTS: AN EVENING WITH PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS EVENT DATE Monday, August 17, 2015 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LOCATION Hoover-Leppern Theatre, Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted, Chicago Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance using the link below. Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.” The evening will start with a mix and mingle (7:00PM-7:30PM) with Pride Films and Plays’ artistic team followed by a brief welcome and chat with Executive Director David Zak.  Then, the evening’s main event will feature several live performances and sneak peeks at their upcoming season, including musical performances from The Boy from Oz and scenes from Design for Living! You don’t want to miss this evening of arts andMore…