Category: Staged Reading

Lesbian Interest, Screenplays, Staged Reading, Women

PFP’s LezPlay Readings Are This Weekend!

  Kellee Terrell’s Screenplay GEMMA named winner of 2017 LezPlay Competition Full-length screenplay of love, life, death, and the supernatural to receive staged reading at Pride Arts Center September 8 and 9 Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce Kellee Terrell’s screenplay GEMMA as the winner of our 2017 LezPlay Contest. Out of three dozen entries, three scripts advanced to the finals. Pride Films and Plays’ Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez applauds the top-scoring scripts for elevating and celebrating dyke drama (and comedy), and showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. Terrell’s winning script will receive four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings during LezPlay Weekend September 8-9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago. The two finalists were THANATRON, a play by Carolyn Gage, and IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, a screenplay by Katherine Varga. LezPlay, now in its seventh year, enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role. To judge the submissions, Allison L. Fradkin, LezPlay’s Literary Coordinator, assembled a reading team of 25 industry professionals who served asMore…

Screenplays, Staged Reading

Gay Film Weekend

This fall, Pride Films and Plays’ developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists have been named in PFP’s 2016 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 11 to 13, 2016 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N Halsted.  Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can at the door, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend concludes with Queer Bits Fall Film Fest III on Sunday, November 13 at 7pm at Public House Theater. Performance Schedule: Friday, November 11 7pm (Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel, directed by Christopher Young) Saturday, November 12 2pm (Baby Steps by Rebecca Semik) Saturday, November 12 7pm (J’ai Fait by Edward Jordon, directed by David Mor) Sunday, November 13 11am (Happy Anniversary by Simon Graves, directed by Matt Dominguez) Sunday, November 13 330pm (Paradise at Main and Elm by Barry Brennessel, directed by Dan Pal) Below are synopses of the screenplays and biosMore…

Staged Reading

LezPlay Finalists and Weekend Schedule Announced

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted in Chicago. LezPlay enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role. Our finalists’ scripts elevate and celebrate dyke drama (and comedy), showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. These scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings, complete with blocking, costuming, and design elements. Meet the scripts and their scribes Bold as Love by Geraldine Inoa (full-length play) Best-selling novelist Vivienne throws a dinner party to charm Yasmin, an ingénue fresh off an Academy Award nomination, into starring in the movie adaptation of her novel. When Eleanor, Vivienne’s girlfriend, gets fired from her job, a night of chaos and disorder ensues. Truths come out from their closets, relationships are tested, and everyone must decide how bold they’ll be to secure the things they love. Geraldine InoaMore…

Company News, Contests, Staged Reading

Gay Play Weekend Features 5 Enhanced Staged Readings

GAY PLAY WEEKEND features four new plays and one new musical! Performances will be held May 15 to 17 at Hoover-Leppen Theater of Center on Halsted.   Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest. And the finalists for 2015 once again represent the best and brightest in ‘What’s New And What’s Next’ in LGBT Theater. Enhanced staged readings of the four new plays and one new musical will be held May 15 to 17 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The five finalists for the weekend are: At A Certain Age by Steve Shade below by Samantha Charlip Family Holiday by DC Cathro Pen, a musical by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro Safe by Donna Hoke (Please note that “below” is not capitalized.) The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, May 15 at 7:00 At A Certain Age, directed by Charles Berglund Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 Safe, directed by Dan Foss Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 Pen, directed by David Zak Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 below, directed by Derek Bertelsen Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 Family Holiday, directed by Cody Schmidt Tickets forMore…

Company News, Events, Films, Plays, Staged Reading

Women’s Work – Contest Entry Starts Today!

It will most likely have a new name and new format soon, but just making sure you save September 19 to 21 for our 2014 Women’s Work Weekend for plays and screenplays with lesbian characters or themes. Once again, Center on Halsted is our host for this important weekend of celebration and new play development with writers from around the world! Entries into the writing contest for this event are being accepted starting today! Get the rules and enter 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, Events, Staged Reading

Next Planning Meeting for Women’s Work Fest is March 15 at 1:30.

We had a great planning meeting for our Women’s Work Festival.  There was great discussion about programming and planning, audience development, even the name of the event. If you are interested in participating in this event for works by women with lesbian characters or themes, plan to join our next meeting on Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 at our Wilson rehearsal space, 1411 West Wilson. We need ideas from actors, writers, directors, and supporters of all kinds!  RSVP via our facebook page!

Company News, Events, Staged Reading

Meet the cast of Sochi!

Shaun Baer (Martin, Olympic Fever) is a Chicago actor, born and bred. Film credits include the title role in the short film “Scotty Works Out,” Charles Fleener in the short film “Adieu” and series regular Tyler Linn in the upcoming online series “Dudes.” Favorite stage roles include the title roles in Pippin, (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble) and Bat Boy: The Musical (Minneapolis Musical Theatre), Bob in Beau Jest (Oil Lamp Theatre) and Homer in Floyd Collins (Theater Latte Da). He was most recently seen as Tony and Bobo in Kokandy Productions’ Sweet Smell of Success.  Joshua Baggett (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Pride Films and Plays as his first “official” production in Chicago. A central Florida native, he has stage managed and directed productions with theatre companies in Orlando, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC. For more on his previous work, please visit www.joshuabaggett.com Tommy Bullington (Director, Hoya Saxa) last directed a reading of the Chicago premiere of Andrew Kramer’s The Dog(Run) Diaries for the Circle Theatre New Plays Festival. Tommy has worked on and off stage at Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Little Theatre on the Square, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Circle Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, Quest EnsembleMore…