Company News, Contests, Staged Reading

Gay Play Weekend Features 5 Enhanced Staged Readings

GAY PLAY WEEKEND features four new plays and one new musical! Performances will be held May 15 to 17 at Hoover-Leppen Theater of Center on Halsted.   Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest. And the finalists for 2015 once again represent the best and brightest in ‘What’s New And What’s Next’ in LGBT Theater. Enhanced staged readings of the four new plays and one new musical will be held May 15 to 17 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The five finalists for the weekend are: At A Certain Age by Steve Shade below by Samantha Charlip Family Holiday by DC Cathro Pen, a musical by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro Safe by Donna Hoke (Please note that “below” is not capitalized.) The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, May 15 at 7:00 At A Certain Age, directed by Charles Berglund Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 Safe, directed by Dan Foss Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 Pen, directed by David Zak Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 below, directed by Derek Bertelsen Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 Family Holiday, directed by Cody Schmidt Tickets forMore…


Special Mormon Guests at our rehearsal!

          We were delighted that Sister Mousser & Sister Buckmiller, Mormon Missionaries, came to The Book of Merman rehearsal last night. What faith and courage and joy they have! Pictured left to right Dan Gold, Sam Button-Harrison, Sister Buckmiller, Sister Mouse, Robert Ollis, Libby Lane, Leo Shwartz, Parker Guidrey, Raquel Adorno, David Zak, and Ryan Pollock.

Company News

Happy Holidays from the PFP Team

Row 1 Left to Right Artistic Associates Derek Van Barham, Derek Bertelsen, Libby Lane, John Nasca, Nelson Rodriguez, and Patrick Rybarczyk Row 2 Artistic Ensemble Members Raquel Adorno, Charles Berglund, David Besky, Sam Button-Harrison, Tom Chiola, Edward Fraim Row 3 Artistic Ensemble Members Jude Hansen, Kris Hyland, Donterrio Johnson, David Leeper, Joan McGrath, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt Row 4 Artistic Ensemble Members Carmen Molina, Alexa Ray Meyers, James Nedurd, Robert Ollis, Jordan Phelps, Beth Richards Row 5 Artistic Ensemble Members Raphael Schwartzman, Amber Snyder, Alexander St. John, Nicholas Stockwell, Kevin Webb, and Executive Director David Zak Happy Holidays 2014! And remember to support PFP this season by making a donation here. Purchase Book of Merman tickets here. Purchase Angry Fags tickets here. Subscribe now to see all of our great work in 2015! Get great prices and guarantee your seats!


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What holiday gift could be better than A Box Of Merman? Order this Pride Films and Plays mini-subscription now and receive: Two VIP reserved seat tickets to the Hilarious World Premiere Musical The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz running January 15 to February 15 at Mary’s Attic! AND Two VIP reserved seat tickets for the dark comedy Angry Fags by Topher Payne running February 22 to April 26 in Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep! And as a member of our subscriber family, you will be invited to special events throughout the year! This is a $100 value, yours for only $82! Tickets will be mailed within 48 hours of receiving your order. These can be sent as a gift, with a card from Ethel! Buy your Box of Merman here!

Contests, Students

Enter our Writing Contest For Students

Pride Films and Plays, a leader in LGBT play and screenplay development, is launching Generation Next: A Student Writing Contest. Generation Next is the Pride Films and Plays program which encourages young and emerging student writers working on stage plays and screenplays with LGBT characters or themes. We are now accepting submissions from writers in three divisions: high school, undergrad or graduate school. Writers may submit either works for stage or screen, and both full length and short work will be accepted in each division. Three writers from each division – high school, undergrad, and grad school – will be named semifinalists in this program, and they will work to develop their scripts in person or via Skype with PFP’s artistic team. After a round of workshops and readings, the top script in each of the three divisions will be performed as an enhanced staged reading in a new works fest in summer 2015. Cash prizes of $100 to $400 go to the finalists. This contest is free for high school students and Dramatists Guild Members. There is a fee of $5 or $10 for undergrad and graduate students. The contest is open for entries through January 31, 2015. FindMore…


Vote for PFP’s Nominees

PFP has 8 nomiees in the awards. And you too can vote for the winner!  Look for all the PFP nominees in the resident non-Equity theater categories, and vote for: Some Men, Best Revival of a Play Nora Elise Ulrey, Best Actress in The Children’s Hour Nelson Rodriguez*, Best Actor in Some Men Nicholas Bailey, Best Actor in The Submission David Zak* and Derek Van Barham* – Best Director of a Play, Some Men Derek Van Barham*, Best Director of a Musical, Songs From An Unmade Bed. Robert Ollis*, Best Musical Direction, Songs from an Unmade Bed Simply Sensational – Best Theatrical Event *Denotes Members of PFP’s Artistic Ensemble

Awards, Screenplays

Christopher M. Halligan’s “1974′ Wins 2014 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2014 Great Gay Screenplay contest is 1974 by Christopher M. Halligan. The victor was selected Sunday, November 16 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Week in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included enhanced staged readings of the top five scripts, including Agent Call Boy by James Rosenfield, The Celestial by Barry Brennessel, How to Be a Homosexual by JB Berg, and Chance Meetings by John Woodard. The week also commenced on Monday, November 10 with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival at the Public House Theatre. The festival included 10 short films all having their Chicago premieres and was followed by an entertaining talkback with Chicago filmmaker Dan Pal, whose short Scotty and Josh Get Enlightened was featured in the festival. Pride Films and Plays was delighted to have Christopher M. Halligan, Barry Brennessel, and JB Berg attend the festival weekend and hear their screenplays come to life. The screenwriters noted how exciting and important to their development it is to hear their work performed. 1974 Synopsis: 1974 breaks all the stereotypes surrounding the American Dream as an interconnected group of people must faceMore…

Awards, Company News

Gay Film Weekend

Congratulations JB Berg, Barry Brennessel, Chris Halligan, James Rosenfield, and John Woodard! This fall, Pride Films and Plays developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists- Chris Halligan, James Rosenfield, Barry Brennessel, John Woodard, and JB Berg – have been named in PFP’s Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The screenplays named as finalists include a wide array of subject matter ranging from an exciting historical drama of two men battling for their love, a comedy about two men looking for one another in LA, a subversive period drama that weaves characters finding their voices and new paths in life, a fun coming-of-age tale, and a suspenseful story of a spy that develops romantic feelings for a man that happens to be a national security threat. Queer Bits Fall Film Fest will kick off the week of film related activities, with a screening of short LGBT films receiving their Chicago premieres. Queer Bits is at 7:30 on Monday, November 10 at 7:30PM at Public House Theater, 3914 N Clark.  A subsequent release will detail the films to be premiered. The fiveMore…