Satiric comedy takes aim at homophobia in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C. In Topher Payne’s comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, it’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay. Set amidst the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Reviewing the comedy’s 2015 Off-Broadway production by Primary Stages, THE NEW YORK TIMES called it a “clever canapé of a comedy…Mr. Payne is a deft and witty writer.” THE NEW YORKER said of it “As hiding gets harder, pitch-perfect comedy ensues: slamming doors, strange disguises, preposterous excuses …Eventually, the four must decide whether face-saving domestic lies are worth it, or whether ostracism beats living in fear. In our own era of surveillance and paranoia, their mid-century problems don’t feel so far away.” Appearing as Bob will be Eric Lindahl, a Jeff Award winner and three-time Jeff nominee who has been seen in productions including ASSASSINS (Jeff Nomination, Kokandy); TITANIC (Griffin); SIDE SHOWMore…

Comedy Show

PAC presents 26 is Hilarious Late Night Sketch Comedy

“26” – Late night comedy show returns to Pride Arts Center on August 5 in a new time slot Collaborative sketch show to run Saturdays at 10 PM, August 5– September 23,  in The Buena, 4147 N. Broadway Chicago, IL – Late-Night at the Pride Arts Center announces the second round of its popular late night show,“26,” Saturday nights at 10pm, August 5th through September 23rd at The Buena, Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave. “26” features sketches written by the Chicago theater, sketch and improv community including: Carson Birdsong, Ross Christian, Amanda Foreman, Brian Gore, Wen Powers, Kallie Rolison, Tim Skau, as well as the performing cast. It is directed by Allison Heinz . The cast includes Casey S. Campbell, Matt Denton, Sarah Hazel, Dan Jackson, Theresa Liebhart, Anna Marck and Hannah Mary Simpson Get tickets here!     LISTING INFORMATION 26 Directed by Allison Heinz Featuring Casey S. Campbell, Matt Denton, Sarah Hazel, Dan Jackson, Theresa Liebhart, Anna Marck and Hannah Mary Simpson The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago August 5 – September 23, 2017 Saturadys, 10 pm Tickets: $10.00 Order online at or call 1.800.737.098            


Join the Wilson Society

    “I love this organization and the work they do. Art that is celebratory, healing and inclusive. Pride Films and Plays, I’m honored to be a small part of your wonderful community.”   – Capathia Jenkins, Honorary Board Member We’re so proud to have Broadway star Capathia Jenkins in our PFP family. She’s someone who truly “gets it.” You, too, are someone who understands the value of high quality theater that shares the stories and struggles of our community. We can’t do this without you! In the past year, PFP has grown and expanded. At our new home at Pride Arts Center, we’ve been able to stage our first big musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and provide a home to other Chicago artists who share our mission of creativity and inclusivity, including resident companies Underscore Music Theater and Red Tape, among many others. We’ve come a long way from our little rehearsal space on Wilson Avenue. But our need for your support is greater than ever. That’s why we’re asking you to formally join the PFP family as a Wilson Society member. The Wilson Society is a foundational group of PFP supporters who make monthly donations of anyMore…

Lesbian Interest, Screenplays, Staged Reading, Women

PFP’s LezPlay Readings Are This Weekend!

  Kellee Terrell’s Screenplay GEMMA named winner of 2017 LezPlay Competition Full-length screenplay of love, life, death, and the supernatural to receive staged reading at Pride Arts Center September 8 and 9 Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce Kellee Terrell’s screenplay GEMMA as the winner of our 2017 LezPlay Contest. Out of three dozen entries, three scripts advanced to the finals. Pride Films and Plays’ Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez applauds the top-scoring scripts for elevating and celebrating dyke drama (and comedy), and showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. Terrell’s winning script will receive four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings during LezPlay Weekend September 8-9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago. The two finalists were THANATRON, a play by Carolyn Gage, and IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, a screenplay by Katherine Varga. LezPlay, now in its seventh year, enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role. To judge the submissions, Allison L. Fradkin, LezPlay’s Literary Coordinator, assembled a reading team of 25 industry professionals who served asMore…


The Nance Extends to Aug 13.

Pride Films & Plays season opener, The Nance by Douglas Carter Beane opened July 6th in The Broadway at Pride Arts Center. Not only is The Nance Jeff Recommended, the critics love this Chicago premiere! The Nance is directed by PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca, with Music Direction by PFP Artistic Associate Robert Ollis. The cast features Vince Kracht, Royen Kent, PFP Artistic Associate Patrick Rybarczyk, Britt-Marie Sivertsen, Steph Vondell, and Melissa Young. The Nance plays Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 5 PM through August 13. Get your tickets here! The Chicago Tribune – 3.5 Stars “The Nance, now in a terrific local premiere with Pride Films and Plays, captures that fractious and fraught era through the lens of the title stock character.” “Nasca, who also designed the delightfully declasse costumes, stages the “real” burlesque numbers with flair and fire…” “Kracht delivers a smart and sensitive take on Chauncey that shows us a man divided between what he wants and what he knows he can deliver in a relationship. ” Stage and Cinema “The Nance is a pizzazz-packed trove where gags meet giggles.” ” John Nasca’s spirited staging for Pride Plays drives home Beane’s bittersweet depiction of a showbiz dinosaur…”   Royen KentMore…


PAC presents BEDS; a double bill of JERKER and 2 Boys….

The double-bill BEDS, directed by David Zak, will begin performances June 4th , includes Jerker, a two-character play by Robert Chesley, that premiered in 1986 in Los Angeles and 2 Boys  In A Bed On A Cold Winter Night by James Edwin Parker (1995). Jerker follows the relationship that develops between a veteran and a businessman in the beginning years of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. Although they “meet” only through a series of phone calls, they grow from being phone sex buddies to caring friends. The play’s full title is Jerker: The Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn … San Francisco in Twenty Telephone Calls, Many of Them Dirty. The cast of Jerker will be Trevor Bates and Cody Dericks. The other half of the double-bill, Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night by James Edwin Parker, premiered off-Broadway in New York in 1995. It’s a two-character play about two gay men who have just finished their sexual tryst after meeting earlier that night in a Manhattan bar. The play will be performed by Nick Bryant and Christopher Kauffmann.

Lesbian Interest, To Submit a Play

PFP Announces LezPlay Contest

  Want to see more Sapphic stories onstage and onscreen? Then enter Pride Films & Plays’ LezPlay Contest! The mission of LezPlay is to honor excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way. The LezPlay Contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women. We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life. From now until our extended deadline of June 15, we welcome submissions of full-length scripts from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised. We are seeking scripts from women of all stripes and types. Regardless of how you identify as a woman, and even if your identity is not queer-cut, if your play, screenplay, or teleplay sharesMore…

Comedy Show

PAC Presents Musical Comedy Whore

David Pevsner, an out gay actor and Skokie native who has appeared in New York productions of When Pigs Fly and Party, contributed songs to Naked Boys Singing, and performed an autobiographical one-man show called To Bitter and Back at Bailiwick Repertory in 2002 will take the Broadway stage for five nights from May 31 – June 4. He’ll perform his latest one-man musical, Musical Comedy Whore.

Theater for Young Audiences, Uncategorized

PRIDE CAMP – PFP’s New Education Program!

Summer programs include Theater for Young Audiences, Rainbow Shakespeare for High School Students, Puppetry from Tristan Tom, and more! Pride Arts Center is creating all-inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ allies. This will include summer Pride Camps for middle school and high school aged students, using theater arts to learn more about navigating our complex world. Our Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) program will produce plays for families looking to share stories with their children that have themes/characters living outside of society’s traditional gender binary. These performances are by professional actors.Enroll in Pride Camp here. Classes RAINBOW SHAKESPEARE High School students can sign up for Rainbow Shakespeare, a week-long workshop taught by Pride Films and Plays Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham that uses Shakespeare’s plays to explore changing gender norms. There are two unique session of Rainbow Shakespeare – July 10 and July 24. OUR WORLD OUR WAY Middle School students can sign up for OUR WORLD OUR WAY, a one-week workshop creating a musical which celebrates life today. That program will be held the week of July 17. PUPPET WORKSHOP Students of all ages are invited to take a one-week class using puppets to create their very own performance. TheMore…