Benefits, Events

Buy a ticket, win the prize, hit the beach!

This fall, one lucky friend of PFP will buy a $20 Door Prize ticket and win an airline package from! You will get two round-trip tickets to fly anywhere in the Caribbean or Mexico – a value worth up to $1400! The prize will be drawn on October 28 at our Simply Sensational benefit, but the winner need not be present to win! Buy your tickets today! Pack your bags!  See you at the beach!  And thanks for supporting a great cause! Buy your $20 door prize ticket(s) here!  You will be supporting a great cause, and can plan a fantastic trip!

Benefits, Events

PFP’s Community Day at Marty’s Martini Bar, November 17

Join Pride Films and Plays as we raise some funds while you raise a glass at Marty’s Martini Bar. It’s a time of celebration honoring our 2013-2014 season and announcing of the winner of our 2013 Great Gay Film Contest! Here’s how you can support us – come to Marty’s between 2-5 pm and order a drink or two (or three). Every dollar you spend goes directly to PFP! Come for an hour or stay for all three – it’s that simple! We hope to see you at Marty’s Martini Bar,1511 W Balmoral, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

Events, Staged Reading

Angry Fags, November 6

Pride Films and Plays presents a staged reading of  Angry Fags by Topher Payne, directed by Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham* Featuring Nelson Rodriguez*, Kevin Webb*, Jude Hansen*, Alexander St. John*, David Besky*, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt*, and Joan McGrath*. Cooper and Bennett are not a gay couple- just a couple of gays. When one of their friends is the victim of an assault outside a local bar, they feel helpless, frightened, and then they feel something new: pure, unfiltered rage. Cooper presents the argument that no one is granted the rights they deserve until people are a little afraid of them. And no one is afraid of gay guys. Not really. They set out to change that. An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios

Events, Plays, Staged Reading

Bison, October 23

On Wednesday, October 23 at 8 pm, Pride Films and Plays presents a staged reading of Bison by Lachlan Philpott, directed by Artistic Ensemble Member Jude Hansen* Featuring: Alexander St John*, AK Miller, Derek Van Barham* Do you follow the herd or forge your own path?   From virtual dating to bareback sex, and nightclub hook ups to monogamy, Bison strips back, sucks out and spits at the herd-like behavior of the gay male habitat and the rules that govern the ‘scene’. Bison offers a fresh take on this scene and delves beneath the surface to confront a more varied and complex range of gay masculinities. Jason is exploring his awakening sexual identity, Tom is traveling the world with his gay guidebook in hand, Simon is hungry for sex, and Richard yearns for the freedom and promiscuity of his youth. Each of them on an endless search to find the right one, the right place, and the right night that is inevitably elusive. The reading is pay-what-you-can, is on the Thrust Stage of Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont. *Denotes PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Bison photo by Daniel Holfeld

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays, One Screening of LGBT Shorts in Gay Film Weekend

Chicago, IL – Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man’s revelation of painful secrets. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre November 15 to 17. Tickets can be purchased here. Our 5 finalists are: The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger The Passion Child by Amir Sade Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr. Saguaro by Brandon Yarns And here is the schedule  for the weekend: Friday, November 15 at 6pm – Kickoff Reception Friday, November 15 at 7pm – Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners (directed by Nelson Rodriguez) Saturday, November 16 at 2pm – Buddy Booth by Edward Yaeger, Jr. (directed by Sonita Surratt) Saturday, November 16 at 5pm – Screening of Short Films Saturday, November 16 at 7pm – The StarfishMore…

Events, Plays

A Play Date With Dyke Drama, October 16

On Wednesday, October 16, PFP will present A Play Date With Dyke Drama, an evening of new lesbian shorts by Chicago playwright Allison Fradkin. This event is at 7:30 at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont, and is pay-what-you-can at the door. Scripts included in the evening are The Bloom Is Off the Heteros, Royally Screwballed, I Love Lezzie, Lady Parts, and Lesbo and Cupid’s Arrow. David Zak directs a company featuring PFP ensemble members and guest artists.


Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead

Pride Films and Plays Presents The World Premiere of Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead By Martin Casella Directed by David Zak October 4 – November 10, 2013 at Stage 773 Pride Films and Plays is pleased to launch its 2013-14 Season with the world premiere of Martin Casella’s drama DIRECTIONS FOR RESTORING THE APPARENTLY DEAD directed by David Zak.  Winner of PFP’s 2013 Great Gay Play Contest, running through November 10, 2013 at Stage 773’s thrust stage, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. For tickets visit, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office or by calling (773) 327-5252.  DIRECTIONS FOR RESTORING THE APPARENTLY DEAD features PFP Ensemble Members Patrick Rybarczyk and Nicholas Stockwell with Alanda Coon and Patrick Gannon. “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It is not very often I am caught off guard by a production, but Pride Film and Play’s World Premiere production of Martin Casella’s Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead did just that. Movingly directed by David Zak, Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead  touches on an authenticity of relationships that is rarely seen.  Pride Films and Plays is emerging as a unique and important voice which has been missing of late in the Chicago theatre scene.  This play, their bestMore…