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Final Weekend of RESOLUTION!

Pride Films and Plays is excited to start its fall season with the Jeff Recommended world premiere of Resolution at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. This will be the last PFP production before it opens the Pride Arts Center, 4739 N. Broadway in January. New Years’ Eve, New York City, 1892. High-society husband and wife Jack and Hannah make their resolutions for the coming year when their maid discovers the happy couple’s long-held secret. Resolution is a vintage thriller for the modern era. PURCHASE RESOLUTION TICKETS here! The cast features Aneisa Hicks, Tiffany Mitchenor, and PFP Company Members Edward Fraim and Amber Snyder. Resolution is written by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama, directed by Diana Raiselis, with designs by Milo Bue (Set), G. Max Maxin (Lights), Sarah Jo White (Costumes), and original music and sound design by Matt Deitchman. PURCHASE RESOLUTION TICKETS here! LISTING INFO Resolution By Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama Directed by Diana Raiselis October 21 – November 20, 2016 Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago 10% of all tickets are $10 Access Tickets for Students, Seniors, Artists,  or others unable to pay full price. Special Sunday Night performance  November 6 at 7:00. Industry performance Wednesday,More…

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BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary’s Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham’s immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary’s prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary’s Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard’s beloved love stories through a queer lens. Buy your BITE tickets here. The cast features (in alphabetical order): Caitlin Aase (Stupid F*cking Bird, Fusion Theatre Company), Jeff Bouthiette (Coraline the Musical, Black Button Eyes), Raymond K. Cleveland (Man of La Mancha, Theo Ubique), Nathan Cooper (Saturday Night Fever, Royal Caribbean International) , Jacob McKenzie Gilchrist (Rent, Metropolis Performing Arts), Kathleen Hoil (The American Revolution, Theatre Unspeakable/Lincoln Center), Will Kazda (Swimming in the Shallows, Piven Theatre Workshop), Jennifer Ledesma (American Idiot, Up And Coming Theatre), Carmen Molina* (DesignMore…

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The Hilarious ‘The Boys Upstairs’

 (L to R) Shaun Baer, Gary Henderson, Luke Meierdiercks, Nelson Rodriguez, and Tristien Winfree Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell’s zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called ‘Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.’ PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winffree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. The Boys Upstairs welcomes you into the living room of Josh and Seth, awaiting the arrival of Ashley, the third of our gay musketeers. In a series of short scenes, we see the personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. Just when the men settle into their usual rhythm of celebrating life and then analyzing it the next morning, they are all thrown for a loop when a new neighbor moves in below. The “is he or isn’t he” question is just one of many that these city boys ponder with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails! The performance schedule Is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00PMMore…

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The Schedule and Directors for Gay Play Weekend Are Announced

A slate of 4 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and 1 musical have emerged as finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. Those five scripts will be performed as Enhanced Staged Readings at the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen, 3656 N Halsted, during Gay Play and Musical Weekend which is April 22 to 24, 2016. Tickets for the event are pay-what-you-can (suggested $10). Find more information at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or 1 800 737 0984. Esteemed Chicago directors David Belew, Jo Cattell, Delia Kropp, John Nasca and Mara Stern direct. The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, April 22 at 7:00PM: All-American Boy by Donald Gecewicz, Directed by Jo Cattell Saturday, April 23 at 2PM: TBD (To Be Determined) by Paul Elliott, Directed by Delia Kropp Saturday, April 23 at 7PM: Another Horatio Alger Story by Jason Jacobs, Directed by David Belew Sunday, April 24 at 1PM: Spectacular Brown by Brian Pracht, Directed by Mara Stern Sunday, April 24 at 4PM: A Woman Onstage, book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder, musicMore…

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Raggedy And – a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood

In Raggedy And, a fast-paced ultramodern comedy of manners, the perfect poet is needed for the impending inauguration of America’s first female president. When Ondi Rivers, a trans woman, is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her family’s private life, will she take the stage? The cast includes (L to R) Averis I. Anderson as Ben, Delia Kropp as Ondi, Katurah Nelson as Clem, and Manuel Ortiz as Jayden. Designs are by Rebecca Hamlin (set), Raquel Adorno (costumes), Kalie Rollison (sound) and Cat Wilson (lights). Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood and directed by Cecilie D. Keenan, has previews on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 at 7:30 ($15). Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:30pm through April 10. Tickets are $22 Thursdays, and $27 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is a special industry night performance on Monday, March 21, 7:30 with tickets $22. Discounts are available for students and seniors. The performance is at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, and tickets can be purchased at 1-800-737-0984 or Pride Films and Plays has begun an Indiegogo campaign in support of this productions,More…

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Meet ‘Raggedy And’ Playwright David Valdes Greenwood

Pride Films and Plays has two world premiere productions on our season this year! And I thought you would enjoy hearing from David Valdes Greenwood about his life in the theater!Be the first to see this exciting and ground breading comedy by ordering tickets here. Performances begin March 10. Purchase tickets here.  Raggedy And runs March 10 to April 10 at Rivendell, 5779 N Ridge. What inspired you to become a writer? Are you from an ‘arts’ family – was their pressure to do other work? No one in my family was a writer but we were an arts family in one way: my Grandmother was church organist and choir director, and we all sang. We also all loved books, the kind of family in which everyone had the maximum number of borrowed books allowed at a time by the library. There was certainly no great embrace of my writing when it first started. I was the first to graduate from college and they all thought it was insane that I wanted to go to grad school, especially for writing. My grandmother insisted I return to my small town in Maine to get a real job and take care ofMore…

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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…

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Getting to Piccolo Theatre In Evanston

Ten Dollar House is at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston. Directions & Transportation Piccolo Theatre is located at 600 Main St. in Evanston, inside the Main Street Metra Station. What?! A train station?! Yes, that’s right!  The box office for the theatre is located in our cafe on platform level, not ground level.  Ascend the stairs on the North or South end of the building, and you’ll be there. We do have an elevator access entrance on ground level for those who are unable to climb stairs. Transportation Parking: Street parking is available around the theatre. Meters shut off at 6pm and are not active on Sundays. Please be aware of the street signs and park accordingly! Metra Train: The Piccolo Theatre is inside the Evanston Main Street station on the Union Pacific North (UP-N) line. Metra rail schedules are available at www.metrarail.com. CTA Train: The Main station on the CTA purple line is located within walking distance of the theatre. CTA train schedules are available at www.transitchicago.com. When you arrive, exit the station and go to the corner. Turn left, walk about 100 feet and turn left down a brick road alley – the theatre door will be the lastMore…

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Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion!

Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion Tuesday, December 15 at Mary’s Attic Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present its first celebration of winter and holiday stories told by lesbian and genderqueer performers through music, movement, spoken word, and stand up. Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion is created and directed by Lexi Saunders and Amber Snyder, and will include exciting new talent as well as some of the talent which has made PFP’s summer LezFest such a sold out smash for the last two years. Performers for Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion include Angelica Roque, Carolyn Reynolds, Lauren Sivak, Tien Tran, Liz Pazik, Gaby Labotka, Ali Hoefnagel, Darling Shear and Kate Hawbaker-Krohn. Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion is Tuesday, December 15  at 7 pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark. General Admission tickets for LezFest are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. or call 1 800 737 0984. LezFest raises money for PFP’s LezPlay program celebrating works written and/or performed by women with lesbian characters and themes. Two of PFP’s full productions in 2016 – Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood directed by Cecilie Keenan, and Resolution by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama (which won PFP’s LezPlay ContestMore…