Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, a whirlwind of events. Who would have thought that the last 365 days could hold so much? First love, first therapist, coming out, and TWO (!?) award-winning musicals. Join Jeff-award nominee Matthew Huston as he explores some of the ups and downs of the past year in “It’s Been a F*cking Year” — directed by Derek Van Barham, with musical direction by Justin Harner. He will be joined by Chicago gems Honey West and Scott Gryder for a retrospect of the year that was…and wasn’t.
It’s Been A F*cking Year is on Monday, September 24 at 8:00. All tickets are $10.
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Matthew Huston is a regular in the Chicago theater and cabaret scene. He has performed in a variety of cabarets around the city, include Tiny Little Storefront Series with Underscore, Chicago Actors Call to Action, Metropolis Sings, and his own “Time to Refocus” cabaret in 2015 at Davenport’s. Recent theater credits include Yank: A WWII Love Story (Jeff-nomination for principal role) and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert at Pride Films and Plays, Anything Goes and Gypsy with Music Theater Works. Coming up next, Matt will be performing at Theater at the Center in Miracle on 34th Street. Visit matthewhuston.net for more information.
Derek Van Barham is the Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays and a member of the Red Tape Theatre ensemble. For PFP, he has directed Perfect Arrangement, Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage), Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination), and (co-directing) PRISCILLA, Queen of the Desert: The Musical. Other directing credits include The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre), Three Days of Rain (Boho), Miracle! by Dan Savage (Hell in a Handbag), and HOT PINK (New American Folk Theatre). Choreography credits include The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier (Permoveo/PFP), Nevermore, Shockheaded Peter, Coraline (Black Button Eyes) and Salonathon. He was named one of Windy City Times 30 Under 30, recognizing Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. Up next: directing Homos, or Everyone in America with PFP.
Justin Harner is an actor and pianist from the Chicagoland area. He plays for his band, The Moxie Sisters, along with various musicals, recordings, auditions, and cabarets in the city. Justin is an artistic associate of Brown Paper Box Co.