Unwrapped: The XXXmas Cabaret

Join us on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 in The Broadway at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway, as PFP Presents UNWRAPPED: The XXXmas Cabaret. The evening features everything from nice to naughty, with singers, strippers, comics and queens of all kinds as we enjoy the spirit of the holiday with the stars of Chicago’s comedy, burlesque, and cabaret scenes. Host for the evening is Honey West, who also stars in PFP’s upcoming production of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Performers for the evening are the Sinzation Dancers, Lola Madison (Miss Latina Continental 2016), Monica Munro (Miss Continental 1993), GayCo., Boylesque, and more! PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks is the producer. Tickets for center section reserved seats are $25 and General Admission tickets are $20 and they can be purchased at 1 800 737 0984 or at  


She Fest

As Pride Films and Plays gears up for the opening of the Pride Arts Center in January, we are happy to announce that SheFest – formerly known as LezFest – will move from Mary’s Attic and for the first time be performed in The Broadway at 4139 N Broadway. SheFest (formerly LezFest) is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert and is directed by Tess Guilfoile. This year’s SheFest is Monday, December 12 at 7:30, and tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission tickets which can be purchased by calling 1 800 737 0984 or online at SheFest is a production of PFP’s team developing works with lesbian characters or themes which are essential viewing for all audiences.  The winner of 2015’s LezPlay contest was RESOLUTION, which has now been giving a full staged, Jeff Recommended production at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, through November 20. And this spring, PFP is delighted to present the world premiere of Gina F ‘s comedy For The Love Of (or The Roller Derby Play) inMore…


His & His II

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14, with the second installment of His & His. This cabaret follows the development LGBT characters on Broadway, and celebrates the artists who wrote this great works. His & His II pays tribute to Jerry Herman. Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs, Nick Sula is the musical director. Tickets for His & His II on February 14 at 7:30 are $25 for Reserved Center Section Seats, or $20 for general admission. They can be reserved at 1 800 737 0984 or here. On March 30, 1970, the history of musical theater was changed forever with just two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. When she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home. The third concert, on April 11 will explore those blazing the way into new forms of musical expression. Don’t miss this one night only special event!


Gay Screenplay and Queer Bits Winners Announced

Still from “The Second First Date”– Winner of the Audience Award Congratulations to “The Second First Date” and “Breakfast” which were the recipients of the Audience Award and Jury Prize respectively at Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III! Dozens of films were submitted for consideration to make their Chicago premieres; seven films were selected ranging in genre and LGBTQ+ representation. The Jury Prize was decided by a screening committee comprised of filmmakers and Pride Films and Plays company members following the festival on November 13. Patrons at Public House Theatre individually voted to select the winner of the Audience Award. Writer/Director Raquel Barrera’s short lesbian comedy “The Second First Date” is about two women giving love a second chance after an awful first date. The Spanish film boasts hilarious and winning performances by Lola Sans and Sara Lagares along with a quirky style all its own.     Official Poster for “Breakfast” – Winner of the Jury Prize Writer/Director Tyler Byrnes’ trippy thriller “Breakfast” follows a young couple whose anxieties and fears begin to show frightening manifestations. The short film has already been screened at ten festivals and displays the working class and industrial influences fromMore…


Final Weekend of RESOLUTION!

Pride Films and Plays is excited to start its fall season with the Jeff Recommended world premiere of Resolution at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. This will be the last PFP production before it opens the Pride Arts Center, 4739 N. Broadway in January. New Years’ Eve, New York City, 1892. High-society husband and wife Jack and Hannah make their resolutions for the coming year when their maid discovers the happy couple’s long-held secret. Resolution is a vintage thriller for the modern era. PURCHASE RESOLUTION TICKETS here! The cast features Aneisa Hicks, Tiffany Mitchenor, and PFP Company Members Edward Fraim and Amber Snyder. Resolution is written by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama, directed by Diana Raiselis, with designs by Milo Bue (Set), G. Max Maxin (Lights), Sarah Jo White (Costumes), and original music and sound design by Matt Deitchman. PURCHASE RESOLUTION TICKETS here! LISTING INFO Resolution By Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama Directed by Diana Raiselis October 21 – November 20, 2016 Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago 10% of all tickets are $10 Access Tickets for Students, Seniors, Artists,  or others unable to pay full price. Special Sunday Night performance  November 6 at 7:00. Industry performance Wednesday,More…

Benefits, Events

Broadway’s CAPATHIA JENKINS and RAYVON OWEN headline PFP’s Simply Sensational

Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, celebrates the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, with Broadway great  Capathia Jenkins headlining.  American Idol star Rayvon Owen has now joined the cast ! Descend the stairs below 4707 N Broadway to the speakeasy cabaret at Uptown Underground and hear Broadway’s greatest songs for women performed by the best women – and men – in Chicago’s musical theater scene. A select number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $150, and include a pre-show reception with appetizers and open wine bar at 6 pm at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. VIP ticket holders also enjoy reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance. General Admission tickets are $75 and include the performance and a post-show dessert reception. For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or purchase on line here. Simply Sensational features musical direction by Robert Ollis, and is directed by David Zak. Dean Richards from WGN is our host! The evening benefits the programming of Pride Films and Plays, and the renovation of the Pride Arts Center in January, 2017. [toggle type=”gray” title=”Read More About Capathia” active=””]Capathia Jenkins was featured in the record setting NBC LIVEMore…


Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III

Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N Clark, on November 13th, 2016 at 7pm. Dozens of entries were received from countries around the world for consideration. Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III will showcase eight short films ranging in genres and subject matter. The program includes a chilling thriller about boyfriends dealing with their anxieties, a sexy comedy about two women giving their first date a second chance, an experimental exploration of a relationship, a quirky dramedy about a man opening up about his sexual fluidity, a timely drama about a transwoman exerting herself, and the world premiere of Pride Films and Plays’ first short film about an elderly woman accepting a heartbreaking reality. The screening begins at 7PM and will be followed by a brief talkback with the audience and special guests Dan Pal and Brittany Alsot whose films are official selections of Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films containMore…

Screenplays, Staged Reading

Gay Film Weekend

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 have been named in PFP’s 2016 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 11 to 13, 2016 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N Halsted.  Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can at the door, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend concludes with Queer Bits Fall Film Fest III on Sunday, November 13 at 7pm at Public House Theater. Performance Schedule: Friday, November 11 7pm (Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel, directed by Christopher Young) Saturday, November 12 2pm (Baby Steps by Rebecca Semik) Saturday, November 12 7pm (J’ai Fait by Edward Jordon, directed by David Mor) Sunday, November 13 11am (Happy Anniversary by Simon Graves, directed by Matt Dominguez) Sunday, November 13 330pm (Paradise at Main and Elm by Barry Brennessel, directed by Dan Pal) Below are synopses of the screenplays and biosMore…

Company News

Nelson Rodriguez Named PFP’s Artistic Director

Nelson Rodriguez, a Chicago-based actor and writer of Puerto Rican descent who has been an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays since August 2012, has been named the company’s Artistic Director, Executive Director David Zak announced today. “Nelson’s contributions to the company as an actor, production manager and curator of our film programming have been enormous,” Zak said. “His work and reputation throughout the Chicago theatre community will a tremendous asset in growing the artistic product of Pride Films and Plays in this new phase of our company’s life.” Rodriguez has acted in the Pride Films and Plays productions of The Children’s Hour, Some Men, The Boys Upstairs, and Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown for which he received a 2016 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in Solo Performance. He has overseen the film programming at PFP since 2013, serving as Production Manager for Gay Film Weekend and Curator and Programming Director for Queer Bits Film Festival. Rodriguez’s additional Chicago theatre credits include roles at Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, 16th Street Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Signal Ensemble Theatre, and Adventure Stage Chicago, where he is an Associate Artist. His on-camera credits include Easy Abby, Kissing Walls, Dudes and theMore…


A Conversation with Shane Bitney Crone

Pride Films and Plays invites you to A Conversation with Shane Bitney Crone on Sunday, November 6, at 11 a.m. at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center at 4147 N Broadway. Bitney Crone’s heartbreaking story of lost love was told in the documentary Bridegroom, a film by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. The emotional love story of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship which was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof, and ripped forever asunder by the reaction of Tom’s family to this awful accident. Bitney Crone initially made a YouTube video – It Could Happen To You – which has been watched nearly 5,500,000 times, and inspired the longer film. Crone is an activist, speaker, writer and filmmaker who will share his experiences with Pride Films and Plays and our community. It will also kick off PFP’s Gay Film Weekend which features five staged readings of new screenplays at Center on Halsted, November 11 to 13. And that fest concludes with the Queer Bits Film Fest on Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 at Public House Theater. Tickets for the screenplay readings are pay-what-you-can. Tickets for the film fest areMore…