Company News, Plays

Parking at Collaboraction

Collaboraction is right off the Blue Line (The Damen stop). Please note there is also a Damen stop on the Brown Line, and you DON’T want that. If you are driving, give yourself some extra time. Street parking is available, with metered spots close by and unpaid parking a little further south on Damen, near the park. Valet parking is available on Friday and Saturday nights. The valet parking is not specific to the theatre. It’s at various restaurants in the neighborhood. We generally recommend Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave – Chicago IL 60647 and Forno (the restaurant on the corner opposite us). I believe the Valet parking is $10. There is parking in the ally that runs along the el tracks south of North, and again where the tracks go underground. You might want to check out those areas as well.  This is paid, metered parking. Find more information about The Children’s Hour here.

Company News, Contests, Plays

Seventeen New Plays And Musicals With LGBT Themes Or Characters Are Named Semi-finalists in PFP’s Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

A slate of 17 vibrant and kinetic new LGBT scripts and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays 2014 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States and Great Britain, and have been read by several dozen film and theater professionals. The semi-finalists are: All Around The Mulberry Bush by Tate A. Geborkoff The Book Of Andy by Michael J. Mejia Commander by Mario Correa Eye Of The Storm book and co-composer/lyrics by McKinley Johnson, co-composers/lyrics by David Taylor and Marshall Titus The First Step by Michael Leeds Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott The Glass Protégé by Dylan Costello Homemade by Josh Levine Mama’s Girls by Marilynn Barner Anselmi Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield Private Proceedings by Philip Hall Rake by Diane Baia Hale Shit-House Crazy by Julie Akeret The View UpStairs by Max Vernon Trust Fall by Mary Steelsmith Waiting… by Michael O’Dell Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds Three  of the plays are by Network Writers of Pride Films and Plays – Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Dylan Costello, and Mary Steelsmith – meaning they were a finalist in a least one previous contest. Two of the plays listedMore…

Events, Films

Meeting for Chicago LGBT film makers

Pride Films and Plays invites Chicago LGBT filmmakers for an informal gathering and discussion on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 beginning at 7PM. The gathering will be held at 1411 W. Wilson Ave. Pride Films and Plays recently produced Gay Film Weekend which included 5 enhanced staged readings of new LGBT screenplays and screened five short films making their Chicago premieres. We met some great filmmakers during our festival and wish to continue the trend. Working and aspiring LGBT filmmakers and screenwriters come take advantage of an opportunity to share your challenges, triumphs, questions, and inspirations with others. To RSVP visit on our Facebook page.

Company News, Plays

Songs From An Unmade Bed

Pride Films and Plays Presents the Chicago professional premiere of Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell. Directed by Derek Van Barham, Musical Direction by Robert Ollis March 27 – April 27, 2014 at The Apollo Theater Studio Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Songs from an Unmade Bed,  a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell. Directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham with music direction by ensemble member Robert Ollis.  The production will run March 27-April 27 at The Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N Lincoln Ave.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The press opening is Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm. Songs from an Unmade Bed explores the experiences (romantic, sexual and otherwise) of gay men living in the city. Lyricist Mark Campbell worked with eighteen composers (one per song) to create a unique musical revue, accompanied by piano and cello, with gorgeous songs that range from funny, poignant, melancholy and ultimately hopeful about life and love. Songs from an Unmade Bed has previously been presented in New York City (Off-Broadway), Los Angeles and elsewhere; this will be its premiere professional production in Chicago. “There’s something soMore…

Company News, Events

We are looking for scripts for The Sochi Project

Pride Films and Plays is seeking material for The Sochi Project – readings staged in Chicago just before and after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February. We are seeking both one-act and full-length plays, as well as screenplays, or performance pieces that could be performed in PFP’s enhanced staged reading style. The project will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and Pride Films and Plays. Texts can be specific to the impending situation for gay athletes in Russia, or about gays in sports in general. If interested, please send scripts to prideplay@gmail.com with Sochi in the subject line. Please submit by December 22nd. And feel free to post or pass this on to others who may be interested. If you know of plays that are published that we should be considering (in addition to Take Me Out which seems to be THE play everyone knows when you ask them about plays about gays and sports), send an email with that information to the same address.

Company News, Plays

$15 ‘Timeless Tix’ – buy them now, and use them for any day, any show, any year!

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to offer a great sale to kickoff the Holiday season. Our ‘Timeless Tickets’ are only $15 each and can be used for any future show on any day of the week in any combination. Forever! Bring friends, bring family. Or give as gifts to those you know love theater as much as you do! Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 2. And the tickets will be mailed to you at the end of next week. Order your ‘Timeless Tickets’ here now!

Auditions, Company News, Plays

Cast Announced for ‘The Children’s Hour’

Director Derek Bertelsen annoucned today that our winter production of  “The Children’s Hour” has been cast. Britni Tozzi plays Karen Wright, and Whitney Morse is Martha Dobie. PFP Ensemble Members in the cast are Nelson Rodriguez as Dr. Joseph Cardin, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt as Mrs. Lily Mortar, and Joan McGrath as Mrs. Amelia Tilford.   Others in the cast are Nathalie Mendez (Rosalie), Zoquera Milburn (Peggy), Brittany Bookbinder (Catherine), Tasheena Migayi (Evelyn), Katrina Kiss (Helen), Ashley Darger (Lois), Ella Mouria Seet (Agatha), Bryan Renaud (Grocery Boy) and Nora Elise Ulrey as Mary Tilford. Find more details on the show and the rest of the cast here.

Auditions, Company News, Events

Auditions for Men for Songs…..

Pride Films and Play is holding auditions for the Spring 2014 production of Songs from an Unmade Bed. The show will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham, and artistic ensemble member Robert Ollis will be Music Director. Songs from an Unmade Bed is a theatrical song cycle that explores the experiences (romantic, sexual and otherwise) of gay men living in the city.  One lyricist worked with eighteen composers (one per song) to create a unique musical revue, accompanied by piano and cello, with gorgeous songs that range from funny, poignant, melancholy and ultimately hopeful about life and love.  Songs from an Unmade Bed has previously been presented in New York City (Off-Broadway), Los Angeles and elsewhere; this will be its premiere professional production in Chicago. CASTING:  1-3 sexy, fit actors of various ethnicities who are excellent singers (high baritone/tenors) and move well,  who appear to be mid-twenties to late forties.  Costumes for some scenes are bedroom attire (pajamas or underwear). There is pay for performances. Find the full casting notice here.