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ALTERED BOY – Garrett Allain’s hit show in The Buena

PRIDE ARTS CENTER Ppresents a hilarious one-man show! ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who he thought he was. Journey with Garrett through storytelling, song, dance, and video in this earnest yet very funny one-man show.  ALTERED BOY – a one-man show by Garrett Allain – earned laughs and tugged at hearts in the Fifth Annual Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773 this past September. Garrett Allain hails from Prairieville, Louisiana, where the fish and mosquitos aren’t the only things that bite. He acted in his first play in the second grade and was hooked. Ascension Community Theatre credits include THE FOREIGNER (Ellard Simms), CYRANO (Ragueneau), and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Mendel/Russian Dancer). He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Los Angeles to study contemporary and classical theatre, with a secondary focus on dance, singing, and film. Garrett will soon make his five-year mark in Chicago, where heMore…



Casting for Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story was announced today by David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays. YANK! is the story of a midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier in his squad and is later introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Zak will direct the musical, with Robert Ollis providing musical direction and Jenna Schoppe choreography. Playing Stu, a scared kid who gets drafted in 1943, will be Matthew Huston, who appeared with Pride Films and Plays most recently in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT. William Dwyer, who was Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Light Opera Works’ MY FAIR LADY last year, will play Mitch, the handsome soldier he meets and falls in love with. John Marshall Jr. (MAMMA MIA at Marriott and ALL SHOOK UP at Theater at the Center) has been cast as Artie, a self-assured gay reporter for “Yank – a magazine by and about servicemen.” Molly LeCaptain, who recently appeared in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY with NightBlue Performing Arts and has had leading roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL:More…


“His Greatness” is Highly Recommended! EXTENDED Through 11/18

Pride Films & Plays to Produce HIS GREATNESS By Daniel MacIvor A play inspired by the later years of Tennessee Williams’ life Three men – a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler – find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a ‘potentially true story’ during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.  Pride Films and Plays will stage the play from October 14 – November 12, 2017 in The Buena, the 50-seat venue of the Pride Arts Center. The Buena is located at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The press opening will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. HIS GREATNESS had its world premiere in Vancouver in 2007 and its U.S. Premiere at the New York Fringe Festival in 2009. Since then, it has enjoyed major productions in Toronto in 2011 and in London in 2012. The TORONTO STAR called it “aMore…



Satiric comedy takes aim at homophobia in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C. In Topher Payne’s comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, it’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay. Set amidst the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Reviewing the comedy’s 2015 Off-Broadway production by Primary Stages, THE NEW YORK TIMES called it a “clever canapé of a comedy…Mr. Payne is a deft and witty writer.” THE NEW YORKER said of it “As hiding gets harder, pitch-perfect comedy ensues: slamming doors, strange disguises, preposterous excuses …Eventually, the four must decide whether face-saving domestic lies are worth it, or whether ostracism beats living in fear. In our own era of surveillance and paranoia, their mid-century problems don’t feel so far away.” Appearing as Bob will be Eric Lindahl, a Jeff Award winner and three-time Jeff nominee who has been seen in productions including ASSASSINS (Jeff Nomination, Kokandy); TITANIC (Griffin); SIDE SHOWMore…


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.

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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.

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For The Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) – a world premiere

When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart. This world premiere play by Gina Femia, a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 30 festivals locally, nationally and internationally, will open March 16 under the direction of Rachel Edwards Harvith. Press opening is March 20, 2017. Pride Films and Plays Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez says, “In an era when women’s rights and autonomy are threatened, I am thrilled for PFP to present For the Love Of. Femia’s superb writing, diverse all-female cast of characters, and representation of contemporary queer women is anchored by Joy’s journey of realizing she has the authority, confidence, and passion to find fulfillment in herself. This play is one hell of ride in which we see that love and roller derby are both contact sports.” For the Love Of”s design team includes Elyse Balogh (Set), G. Max Maxin IV (Lights), Uriel Gomez (Costumes), Melanie Vitaterna (Props), Heath HaysMore…

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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 more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” Hot Stuff,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. Honey West, Jordan Phelps, and Luke Meierdiercks lead a cast of 16 all-stars, and Music Director Robert Ollis will lead a band of 5! David Zak and Derek Van Barham co-direct, with choreography by Jon Martinez. TICKETING INFORMATION! Regular performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 and SundayMore…


525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays and the members of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals celebrate the end of the year and the birth of a new music Pride Films and Plays is delighted to welcome members of the Chicago Cabaret Project to the Broadway as we introduce another venue for great music on Chicago’s north side. On Friday, December 30, the singers perform works that look back on 2016 and ahead to 2017 in 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. The host for the evening is Denis McGowan, with Beckie Menzie at the piano. Cabaret singers confirmed for the evening are Joan Curto, Tom Michael, Hilary Feldman, Anna Besserud, Julia Hawkins, Amy Cole, Cynthia Cleary, Patrick Davis, and Stephen Edwards. They will be joined by musical theater performers Jordan Phelps, currently one of the stars of PFP’s production of PRISCILLA: Queen of the Desert, Peter Rugar, Sarah Conrad, Filipe Carrasco, and Joseph Alvey. And there will be a special performance guitarist Derek Duleba.  The evening is produced by PFP Board Members Elizabeth Bertucci and Robert Bailey. VIP tickets for the evening are $35 and include the performance andMore…