The cast has been announced for Jordan Seavey’s HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA the opening production of Pride Films and Plays second full season in the Pride Arts Center at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway. Jordan Seavey’s play follows the relationship of two thirtyish gay male Brooklyn, New Yorkers over a five-year period.
“Love is love” – but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart.
Pride Films and Play Associate Artistic Director Derek Van Barham, who is directing the play, announced his cast today. The lead couple will be played by Niko Kourtis and PFP Artistic Director Nelson A. Rodriguez. Kourtis recently appeared in Haven Theatre’s production of FEAR & MISERY IN THE THIRD REICH, THREE DAYS OF RAIN with BoHo Theatre, and THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES for Raven Theatre. Rodriguez appeared in PFP’s MEN ON THE VERGE OF A HIS-PANIC BREAKDOWN, for which he received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination. Additional onstage credits include Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, 16th Street, Adventure Stage Chicago where he is an Associate Artist, and many more. His on camera credits include the feature films A PLACE TO BE – EN ALGUN LUGAR (TLA Releasing) and SOUL SESSIONS (Gravitas Ventures).
Jordan Dell Harris, currently appearing as Henrik in BoHo Theatre’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, will play Dan – a friend who complicates the couple’s relationship. Harris has appeared in WONDERFUL TOWN at the Goodman and in THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER for Permoveo Productions in association with Pride Films and Plays last fall. The cast will be rounded out by Jessica Vann as Laila. Vann’s recent Chicago work includes DISASTER! THE MUSICAL for Chicago Theatre Workshop and BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL for Porchlight Theatre. Matthew Harris and Kyle Deininger will understudy Rodriguez and Kourtis’s roles. Ashley Joy will understudy the role of Laila. Uriel Gomez will design costumes and G. Max Maxin IV will design the lighting and sound. Additional designers and production time to be announced.
HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA premiered at New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company in fall 2016, in a production that starred Michael Urie and Robin de Jesús. It had its West Coast premiere at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre in October 2017.
THE NEW YORK TIMES called it “A daringly frank, funny and affecting new play […] Mr. Seavey’s portrait of young gay New Yorkers negotiating the sometimes-thorny nature of love and intimacy has an arresting, even bruising honesty.” NEW YORK magazine wrote, “Recalling both the furious politics of Kramer’s AIDS jeremiads and the sentimental pathos of Mart Crowley’s pre-Stonewall classic [The Boys in the Band], HOMOS is as essential to our moment as those works were to theirs […] Seavey is dealing with very large ideas that have bedeviled the gay ‘community’ — and everyone else — forever […] HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA [is] a play you should see only if you care about either of its title characters.”
HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA will be performed in the 85-seat Buena Theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. The press opening will be Wednesday, September 5th, following previews from August 30 through September 1. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA
By Jordan Seavey
Directed by Derek Van Barham
August 30 – September 30, 2018
Previews: August 30, 31 and September 1 at 7:30pm and September 2 at 3:30pm. All preview seats $15.
Press Opening: Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30pm
Regular Run: September 6 – 30 with Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm
Premium seats $30, general admission seats $25, student/senior/military $20 (not valid Saturdays)
Pride Arts Center – The Broadway
4139 N. Broadway
Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online here.
Jordan Seavey (Playwright, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA). Jordan Seavey’s plays include HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA (New York Times Critic’s Pick; named one of New York Magazine’s 10 Best Theater Events of 2016; The Advocate’s Top 10 New York Theater of 2016; OBIE Award for performance, Michael Urie), WIGHT, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2008, THE FUNNY PAIN, THE TRUTH WILL OUT, CHILDREN AT PLAY, 6969 and THIS IS A NEWSPAPER. Since 2003 he’s co-created more than fifteen new plays with theater company CollaborationTown. These include CANDY (a commission from LCT3 / Lincoln Center), the all-ages puppet musical RIDDLE OF THE TRILOBITES (as residents of New Victory Theater’s LabWorks), FAMILY PLAY (1979 TO PRESENT) (named one of The Advocate’s 10 Best LGBT Plays of 2014), and THE MOMENTUM (2012 GLAAD National Media Award nomination). He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and an alum of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. He eagerly awaits a new President of the United States of America.
Derek Van Barham (director) Derek Van Barham is the Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays, a member of the Red Tape Theatre ensemble, and a former Artistic Director of The Ruckus. For PFP, he has directed PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, ANGRY FAGS (Steppenwolf Garage Repertory), SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED (Jeff nomination), and PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL (co-directed with David Zak). He also wrote, directed and choreographed BITE: A PUCKING QUEER CABARET and KILL YOUR BOYFRIENDS. Other directing credits include THREE DAYS OF RAIN (BoHo), MIRACLE! by Dan Savage and SKOOBY DON’T (Hell in a Handbag), TRASH and HOT PINK (New American Folk Theatre), and FROM THESE FATAL LOINS (The Ruckus). Choreography credits include THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER (Permoveo/PFP), NEVERMORE and SHOCKHEADED PETER (Black Button Eyes). He was named one of Windy City Times 30 UNDER 30, recognizing individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. MFA: Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Up next: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS with Circle Theatre.
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. The company produces a four-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues our famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.
Pride Arts Center, in its own right, produces events complimenting the PFP vision, including dance, cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions, or feature national treasures like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway.
Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.
PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northhalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.