Category: Staged Reading

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Pride Films and Plays Announces Cast for Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes

Pride Films and Plays is pleased to announce the cast for Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes, which will be performed on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. Commemorative Edition, by DC Cathro, features a young man for the first time developing a connection with his father while watching the Olympics. AJ Wright directs Sam Button-Harrison*, Jason Grimm, and Emilio Velasco. Hoya Saxa by Rich Espey is a very timely look at two football players in a locker room. Jeremy Sonkin and Michael John Lea are featured. Tommy Bullington directs. And in Olympic Fever by George Smart, Will Wilhelm plays a young skater about to depart O’Hare for the Sochi games. Shaun Baer and Emilio Velasco are featured.  PFP’s Executive Director David Zak directs. Michael Donley reads stage directions throughout.  Production stage manager is Joshua Baggett. *Denotes member of PFP’s Artistic Ensemble Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes will be performed as enhanced stage readings in the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N Halsted. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and pay-what-you-can for members of the film and TV industry with resumes or headshots. ToMore…

Company News, Staged Reading

SOCHI: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics

Pride Films and Plays Presents SOCHI: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present two new world premieres and one Chicago premiere dealing with gay athletes in Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics. Commemorative Edition by DC Cathro, Hoya Saxa by Rich Espey, and Olympic Fever by George Smart capture the hopes, fevers, and fears of gay men whose passion is sport. Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics will be presented as a staged reading in the Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theater at 3656 N Halsted. The performance is at 7:00 pm On Monday, February 24, with a talk-back afterwards. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students or seniors. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm to share our favorite memories and impressions of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and talk about the state of gay sports in the world and in Chicago.  Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 1 800 838 3006. Commemorative Edition, directed by AJ Wright, is a funny and touching coming-of-age tale. A Jewish boy’s crush throws his life into turmoil as he tries desperately toMore…

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…

Events, Staged Reading

Angry Fags, November 6

Pride Films and Plays presents a staged reading of  Angry Fags by Topher Payne, directed by Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham* Featuring Nelson Rodriguez*, Kevin Webb*, Jude Hansen*, Alexander St. John*, David Besky*, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt*, and Joan McGrath*. Cooper and Bennett are not a gay couple- just a couple of gays. When one of their friends is the victim of an assault outside a local bar, they feel helpless, frightened, and then they feel something new: pure, unfiltered rage. Cooper presents the argument that no one is granted the rights they deserve until people are a little afraid of them. And no one is afraid of gay guys. Not really. They set out to change that. An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios

Events, Plays, Staged Reading

Bison, October 23

On Wednesday, October 23 at 8 pm, Pride Films and Plays presents a staged reading of Bison by Lachlan Philpott, directed by Artistic Ensemble Member Jude Hansen* Featuring: Alexander St John*, AK Miller, Derek Van Barham* Do you follow the herd or forge your own path?   From virtual dating to bareback sex, and nightclub hook ups to monogamy, Bison strips back, sucks out and spits at the herd-like behavior of the gay male habitat and the rules that govern the ‘scene’. Bison offers a fresh take on this scene and delves beneath the surface to confront a more varied and complex range of gay masculinities. Jason is exploring his awakening sexual identity, Tom is traveling the world with his gay guidebook in hand, Simon is hungry for sex, and Richard yearns for the freedom and promiscuity of his youth. Each of them on an endless search to find the right one, the right place, and the right night that is inevitably elusive. The reading is pay-what-you-can, is on the Thrust Stage of Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont. *Denotes PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Bison photo by Daniel Holfeld