PAC Summer Series includes 5 Classic and New Plays

Pride Films and Plays to produce a five-play summer repertory

Titles include three premieres and anniversary productions of THE GREEN BAY TREE and FUCKING MEN

PFP company members appearing in the series include Tom Chiola, Chuck Berglund and Jude HansenPride 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, according to an announcement today by company Executive Director David Zak. The summer rep, called “PAC Pride Fest,” will include a world premiere, a US premiere, a Chicago premiere, a British drama that made Laurence Olivier an American stage star, and a new production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy-drama FUCKING MEN.

The first play of the “PAC Pride Fest” will be the American premiere of PINK ORCHIDS, a British play in which five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues explore the experience of living with a virus that attacks the emotions as well as the body. PINK ORCHIDS will begin performances on June 6 and be directed by Brennan T. Jones. It will be performed in the PAC’S Buena in repertory with THE GREEN BAY TREE, which will begin performances on June 11. In THE GREEN BAY TREE, a charming young man is forced to choose between the love of his fiancée, the lifestyle of his male mentor, and the prescription of his upbringing. 2018 is the 85th Anniversary year of THE GREEN BAY TREE, an infamous comedy of manipulation that in 1933 made a leading Broadway star of Laurence Olivier, opposite his then-wife Jill Esmond. It was a scandalous hit in the West End and on Broadway.

Joe DiPietro’s FUCKING MEN will begin a two-month run in the Broadway on July 1. In this present-day updating of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE, ten men – a hustler, soldier, two college students, businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright – all have physical and emotional desires to connect. For this 10th Anniversary production of FUCKING MEN, to be directed by David Zak, DiPietro’s scenes will be connected with sensual movement from choreographers Jake Ganzer, Daniel Hurst, James Mueller, and Katelyn Stoss. FUCKING MEN will run through August 25.

Two more plays in the PAC Pride Series will be performed in repertory in the Broadway throughout August. Opening on August 3, after previews on August 1 and 2, will be HURRICANE DAMAGE, a world-premiere by the New York-based playwright Kevin Brofsky. HURRICANE DAMAGE concerns two long-time partners living on a Florida coast who are visited by a friend. The play 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 for all events are on sale now at  www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-411-4111 or 773-857-0222
LISTING INFORMATION
PAC Pride Fest

PINK ORCHIDS

By Patrick Cash

US Premiere

Directed by Brennan T. Jones

June 6 – July 7, 2018

Previews Weds. 6/6 and Thurs. 6/7 at 7:30 pm

Press Opening Fri. 6/8 at 7:30 pm.

Beginning 6/14, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 3:30 pm through July 7. No performance Thursday, July 5. Also Sundays, June 17 and July 1 at 7:30 pm

Buena Theater

Pride Arts Center

4147 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: Previews $15, Regular Run: Premium seats $30, General Admission $25, Seniors/Students/Military $23

Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

He’s just your type. But hold on. He’s about to tell you he’s got HIV.  How will you respond emotionally? Brush it aside and practice safe sex? Go on to a deeper relationship? Or do you walk away? In five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues, Patrick Cash invites you to explore these emotions of living with a virus that attacks the emotions as well as the body.

“Pink Orchids is a piece that, while full of optimism, doesn’t shy away from the very real prejudices that are still aimed at HIV positive people to this very day. It’s educational and informative, but at the play’s centre are characters that walk off the page and straight into our hearts.’ Gay Times ★★★★★

Featuring Nick Dorado, Don Baiocchi and Kathleen Puls Andrade

THE GREEN BAY TREE

By Mordaunt Shairp

Directed by Amy Sarno

June 11 – July 8, 2018

Previews Mon. 6/11, Tues. 6/12 at 7:30 pm

Opening Weds. 6/13 at 7:30 pm

Beginning Sat. 6/16, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm through July 8. Extra performance Thursday, July 5 at 7:30 pm. No shows Sunday, June 24 or Wednesday, July 4

Buena Theater

Pride Arts Center

4147 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: Previews $15, Regular Run: Premium seats $30, General Admission $25, Seniors/Students/Military $23

Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

A charming young man is forced to choose between the love of his fiancée, the lifestyle of his male mentor, and the prescription of his upbringing.

This is the infamous comedy of manipulation that, in 1933, made a leading Broadway star of Laurence Olivier, opposite his then-wife Jill Esmond. THE GREEN BAY TREE (1933) was a scandalous hit in the West End and on Broadway.

A torrid British drama of homosexual lust that premiered in London in 1933, starring Laurence Olivier. Through clever use of unspoken implications, THE GREEN BAY TREE avoided censorship from the Lord Chamberlain’s office in an era when any depiction of gay love was banned from public performance.

Featuring Kristen Alexia, Alexander McRae, Bradley Halverson, Buzz Leer

PAC Pride Fest

FUCKING MEN

By Joe DiPietro

Directed by David Zak

Choreographed by Jake Ganzer, Daniel Hurst, Katelyn Stoss, James William Muller

July 1 – August 25, 2018

Previews: Sunday, July 1 – 8 pm, Saturday, July 7 – 11 pm

Press opening: Sunday, July 8 – 8 pm

Regular run Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm, Sundays at 8 pm

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway

Tickets: Previews $15, Regular Run: Premium seats $30, General Admission $25, Seniors/Students/Military $23

Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

In this present-day updating of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE by Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE), ten men – a hustler, soldier, two college students, businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright – all have physical and emotional desires to connect. Directed by David Zak, DiPietro’s scenes are connected with sensual movement from choreographers Jake Ganzer, Daniel Hurst, James Mueller, and Katelyn Stoss.

HURRICANE DAMAGE

By Kevin Brofsky

Directed by Paul Cook

World Premiere

August 1 -26, 2018

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.

HOLDING THE MAN

By Tommy Murphy

Chicago Premiere

Directed by Michael D. Graham

August 5 -26, 2018

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Previews: 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 available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

An Australian play chronicling the 15-year relationship of a real-life gay couple, based on Timothy Conigrave’s celebrated memoir of the same name. That 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 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.

Featuring Cody Derricks, Alisha Fabbi, Mikey Gray, Bryson David Hoff, Jude Hansen, Micah Kronlokken, Alexander McRae, and Jordan Moore.

 ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS

 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.

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.

 ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

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, (www.pridefilmsandplays.com), PAC hosts monthly events including play readings, film screenings, cabaret nights, and variety shows. Guest productions are also included in the PAC schedule. Find a full calendar of everything happening at PAC here. http://pridefilmsandplays.com/calendar/

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