Holding the Man

Micah Kronlokken and Jude Hansen to lead cast as real-life Australian lovers Tim Conigrave and John Caleo.

 Complete cast and crew have been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago premiere of HOLDING THE MAN, a drama from Australia chronicling the 15-year relationship of a real-life gay male couple, based on Timothy Conigrave’s celebrated memoir of the same name. In 1976, Tim and John meet as teenagers at their all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne and become boyfriends. The story follows them into adulthood as their relationship endures in spite of such obstacles as parental resistance, differing views on monogamy, separation, and finally HIV.

Tickets can be purchased here or at 1 866 811  4111.

Conigrave’s memoir won the 1995 UN Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction and was voted one of Australia’s 100 favorite books. Tommy Murphy’s stage adaptation faithfully captures the book’s humorous and heart-wrenchingly honest portrayal of the relationship, but also succeeds in transforming it into a unique theatrical experience. It premiered in Sydney, Australia and has been performed across Australia, on London’s West End, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  A 2015 film version directed by Neil Armfield featured Guy Pearce and Geoffrey Rush.

Pride Films and Plays’ production, one of five plays in its summer “PAC Pride Fest,” will feature PFP company member Jude Hansen as John and Lifeline Theatre regular Micah Kronlokken as Tim. Hansen, coincidentally a native of Melbourne himself, has appeared with Pride Films and Plays in ANGRY FAGS by Topher Grace and SOME MEN by Terrence McNally. Kronlokken, an artistic associate with Akvavit Theatre, has also appeared in Lifeline Theatre’s productions of MIDNIGHT COWBOY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH. The ensemble of actors playing a variety of roles will include Cody Dericks, Alisha Fabbi, Mikey Gray, Bryson David Hoff, Alexander McRae and Jordan Moore.

HOLDING THE MAN will be directed by Michael D. Graham, Artistic Director of Piccolo Theatre in Evanston.  His production and design team will include Evan Frank (scenic design), Cody Von Ruden  (costume design), Becs Bartle (lighting design), Isaac Mandel (sound design), Hillarie Shockley (properties design) and Michael Starcher (stage manager).

Performances of HOLDING THE MAN will begin with a preview on August 5, 2018. The press opening will be Monday, August 6 at 7:30 pm. It will be performed through August 26 in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, in repertory with HURRICANE DAMAGE.

Tickets can be purchased here or at 1 866 811  4111.

 Tommy Murphy (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright with recent productions in New York, San Francisco, Indiana, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. He is the only playwright to win the New South Wales Premier’s Award, a prestigious Australian national writing prize, in successive years. In 2006, he was the youngest recipient of the award with STRANGERS IN BETWEEN. This play toured nationally in 2008 and is published by Currency Press in a joint volume with HOLDING THE MAN, which had five Australian encore seasons after breaking box office records in Sydney.

Tommy is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director’s Course). His plays include an adaptation of Marlowe’s MASSACRE AT PARISTROY’S HOUSE, and PRECIPICE.

 Michael D. Graham (Director) returns to PFP after previously directing TEN DOLLAR HOUSE. His work as a director has been seen at Piccolo Theatre (where he is the Artistic Director), Halcyon Theatre, Hubris Productions, the side project, Act One Studios, and Appetite Theatre among others.

Pride Films and Plays will fill the three months between its 2017-18 season and its already announced 2018-19 season with a five-play summer repertory of fully staged plays. The summer rep, called “PAC Pride Fest,” will include a world premiere (HURRICANE DAMAGE), a US premiere (PINK ORCHIDS), a Chicago premiere (HOLDING THE MAN), a British drama that made Laurence Olivier an American stage star (THE GREEN BAY TREE), and a new production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy-drama FUCKING MEN.

Tickets can be purchased here or at 1 866 811  4111.


PAC Pride Fest


By Tommy Murphy

Chicago Premiere

Directed by Michael D. Graham

August 5 -26, 2018

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Preview: Sunday, August 5 at 5:00 pm

Press Opening Monday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Regular performances: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm; Tuesdays, August 7 and 21 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Previews $15, Regular Run: Premium seats $30, General Admission $25, Seniors/Students/Military $20

Tickets can be purchased here or at 1 866 811  4111.


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