Hurricane Damage

HURRICANE DAMAGE, opening on August 3 after previews on August 1 and 2, concerns two long-time partners, veterans of the 1970’s gay scene in New York, living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Dennis and Oscar are visited by an old friend of those days, a photographer named Norman who has remained single and brings back bittersweet memories of their glory days in Manhattan.  The couple will be played by company member Charles A. Berglund as Dennis and Danne W. Taylor as Oscar. Company member Tom Chiola will play Norman. Jesse Montoya will play Ford – the couple’s young live-in handyman. The banter among the four – particularly the razor-sharp wit of the 67-year-old Oscar – provides a good dose of humor along with the pathos of the characters’ loss of their past lives and acceptance of the inevitability of change.

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Pride Films and Plays’ Executive Director David G. Zak, who curated the summer festival, says “HURRICANE DAMAGE is one of those rare gay plays to explore the lives of older gay men.

Danne W. Taylor, who was such a hit last fall as the character inspired by Tennessee Williams in HIS GREATNESS.

Berglund has appeared in two Pride readings, THE RITZ and SAVE THE DATE. With other companies, he has played such roles as Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT, Pseudolus in A FUNNY THING…, and Lucien P. Smith in THE BOYS NEXT DOOR.

Chiola appeared in Pride Films and Plays’ productions of ANGRY FAGS by Topher Payne in the Steppenwolf Garage Rep, and SOME MEN by Terrence McNally. He was also seen in TAKE ME OUT by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and ICARUS by BoHo Theatre.

Jesse Montoya, who spent last summer touring Chicago parks in HAMLET by Midsommer Flight, will appear as Ford.

The production will be directed by Paul J. Cook. His production and design team will include Evan Frank (scenic design), Cody Von Ruden (costume design), Becs Bartle (lighting design), Hillarie Shockley (properties design) and Julia Heeren (stage manager).

HURRICANE DAMAGE will alternate on the Broadway stage with the Chicago premiere of HOLDING THE MAN, a hit gay-themed drama from Australia chronicling the 15-year relationship of a real-life gay couple. These final two plays of the PAC Pride Series will close on Sunday, August 26 – just days before previews begin for the first show of Pride Films and Plays’s previously announced five-show subscription season.

Tickets are on sale now or by phone at 866-811-4111.

Kevin Brofsky (Playwright) is thrilled to be having his PFP and Chicago debut. He has written nearly 50 one-act plays which have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Overland Park, Kansas and Dublin, Ireland including SHVESTERS, (Holocaust Memorial Museum, Los Angeles), TOM CRUISE, GET OFF THE COUCH (International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival), and WHEN MY LOVE COMES ALONG (Turnip Festival, winner Best Play). Off-Broadway productions include CLAYMONT (Emerging Artists), THE MATINEE LADIES (Greenwich House, NY and SNAPfest Omaha) and the book for the musical NORTHERN BOULEVARD (AMAS Theater (Rosetta LeNoire, artistic director).

Paul Cook (Director) created the recent PAC Valentine’s Day event, MY DEAR BOY: GAY LOVE LETTERS THROUGH THE CENTURIES.  Some recent Chicago-area projects include THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE at Oakton Community College, LES MISERABLES at the Chicago High School for the Arts and serving as Assistant Director for Midsommer Flight’s TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.  Upcoming projects include SPIRIT: THE AUTHENTIC STORY OF THE BELL WITCH in Adams, Tennessee.


PAC Pride Fest


By Kevin Brofsky

Directed by Paul J. Cook

World Premiere

August 1 -26, 2018

Tickets are on sale now or by phone at 866-811-4111.

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Previews: Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 pm

Press Opening Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm

Regular performances beginning August 8: Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm, and Sundays at 5:00 pm and Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 pm

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

Hurricane Gilda has spared Oscar and Dennis’ home on the Florida coast, but the appearance of old friend Norman, a photographer who has led a single life while traveling the world for National Geographic, focuses the couple on the costs and benefits of long term partnership.

PFP Company Members Tom Chiola and Chuck Berglund are featured along with Danne W. Taylor and Jesse Montoya.




Pride Films and Plays creates diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, and filming one short film each season.


PFP is the primary tenant in the Pride Arts Center (PAC), which connects and promotes other artists who share our values, creating a safe environment for all. PAC books one-night events or limited runs, cabaret, film, dance, comedy, and other events. PAC opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats.


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 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 and The League of Chicago Theatres.


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PRIDE ARTS CENTER has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond. In addition to performances by PFP, (, PAC hosts monthly events including play readings, film screenings, cabaret nights, and variety shows.

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