Staged Reading

LezPlay Finalists and Weekend Schedule Announced

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted in Chicago. LezPlay 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. Our finalists’ scripts elevate and celebrate dyke drama (and comedy), showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. These scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings, complete with blocking, costuming, and design elements. Meet the scripts and their scribes Bold as Love by Geraldine Inoa (full-length play) Best-selling novelist Vivienne throws a dinner party to charm Yasmin, an ingénue fresh off an Academy Award nomination, into starring in the movie adaptation of her novel. When Eleanor, Vivienne’s girlfriend, gets fired from her job, a night of chaos and disorder ensues. Truths come out from their closets, relationships are tested, and everyone must decide how bold they’ll be to secure the things they love. Geraldine InoaMore…

Benefits, Events

PFP’s Community Day at Marty’s Martini Bar

Join Pride Films and Plays as we raise some funds while you raise a glass at Marty’s Martini Bar. Celebrate summer’s end on the lovely patio, enjoy great company, and hear about our plans for  2016 and 2017! Here’s how you can support us – come to Marty’s between 2-5 pm on Sunday, September 11, 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.

Company News

PFP Announces Great New Season

2016-17 season to “Let in the Light” with Chicago premieres of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Nance, plus two world premieres Pride Films and Plays’ 2016-17 season will include two Chicago premieres of Tony Award nominated shows and two world premieres, Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez announced today. Under the theme, “Let in the Light,” the season will open with the previously announced world premiere Resolution at Rivendell Theatre from October 21 to November 20, 2016. In January, the company will present the inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center, the first original Chicago staging of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The musical will be performed in the center’s 85-seat Broadway stage, at 4139 N. Broadway. PFP will next christen its 50-seat Buena stage at 4157 N. Broadway in March with the world premiere of Gina Femia’s For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play). The company will return to the Broadway stage in June for the Chicago premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance. This year, PFP will offer $10 access tickets for 10% of the tickets for all shows, which can be used by artists, students, seniors, or others.  PurchaseMore…


BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary’s Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham’s immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary’s prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary’s Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard’s beloved love stories through a queer lens. Buy your BITE tickets here. The cast features (in alphabetical order): Caitlin Aase (Stupid F*cking Bird, Fusion Theatre Company), Jeff Bouthiette (Coraline the Musical, Black Button Eyes), Raymond K. Cleveland (Man of La Mancha, Theo Ubique), Nathan Cooper (Saturday Night Fever, Royal Caribbean International) , Jacob McKenzie Gilchrist (Rent, Metropolis Performing Arts), Kathleen Hoil (The American Revolution, Theatre Unspeakable/Lincoln Center), Will Kazda (Swimming in the Shallows, Piven Theatre Workshop), Jennifer Ledesma (American Idiot, Up And Coming Theatre), Carmen Molina* (DesignMore…

Company News, Events

PFP to open Pride Arts Center!

Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in Uptown that were recently vacated by Profiles Theatre, Executive Director David Zak announced today. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the company’s stage productions and will be named The Broadway. The 50-seat studio a few doors north at 4147 N. Broadway, to be dubbed The Buena, will serve chiefly as a rental venue. Zak says “We will welcome arts groups of all types – theaters, film fests, comics, musicians, performance artists – who share our mission to speak for the underrepresented populations of our community. The Pride Arts Center will be a safe and open place for all artists.” 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman said, “We enthusiastically welcome Pride Films and Plays to Uptown. Performing arts organizations enhance the quality of life, bring economic activity and promote safety in our neighborhoods. We are thrilled to know that the tradition of live theatre on this block of Broadway will continue virtually uninterrupted.” The company’s next production, Resolution – a world premiere by Heather McNama and Nancy NymanMore…

Benefits, Events

LezFest 2016

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present its fourth installment of LezFest; a one-night variety show which features lesbian and genderqueer performers through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. LezFest IV is produced by PFP company member Carolyn Reynolds and is directed by Patrice Foster and will feature exciting new talent as well as some past performers who have helped make this event a sold-out success three shows running. Performers in LezFest IV include Ali Hoefnagel, Lauren Sivak, Avi Roque, Tien Tran, Niki Gee, Alex Dauphin, Mia Vivens, Riley Mondragon, Jessica Paul, Ana Martinez Medina, Black Heaven, and Goddess Warrior. LezFest IV: A One Night Fling is Monday, July 18th at 7pm at Mary’s Attic (5400 North Clark). General Admission tickets for LezFest are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 1(800)737-0984 or online at here. LezFest serves as a fundraiser for PFP’s LezPlay programming, which supports lesbian artists and features lesbian characters and themes. The Winner of PFP’s LezPlay contest in 2015 was Resolution by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama. Resolution will make its fully staged world premiere this fall and will be directed by Diana Raiselis. PFP’s LezPlayMore…


The Hilarious ‘The Boys Upstairs’

 (L to R) Shaun Baer, Gary Henderson, Luke Meierdiercks, Nelson Rodriguez, and Tristien Winfree Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell’s zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called ‘Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.’ PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winffree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. The Boys Upstairs welcomes you into the living room of Josh and Seth, awaiting the arrival of Ashley, the third of our gay musketeers. In a series of short scenes, we see the personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. Just when the men settle into their usual rhythm of celebrating life and then analyzing it the next morning, they are all thrown for a loop when a new neighbor moves in below. The “is he or isn’t he” question is just one of many that these city boys ponder with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails! The performance schedule Is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00PMMore…

Company News, Events

A History of Summer

Pride Films and Plays presents a special workshop of the glorious new musical A History of Summer, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro and book by Adam Mathias. Both of the authors have extensive credits (see full bios below) and will be coming to Chicago for one week to work with director David Zak, music director Robert Ollis, a cast of 16 and a five piece band for the reading. Performances are at 7:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday June 28 and 29 at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or 1 800 737 0984. A History of Summer covers the period between 1869 and the present day, following the stories of a number of friends, couples and siblings who journey to Fire Island for beachfront relaxation, romance and escape. Over the years, the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and the Pines develop into a hugely popular LGBT resort, with summer residents coming from New York City and beyond. The gorgeous songs in the show reflect the wide-ranging issues that confronted the gay community throughout these decades, from the closeted-repression and harassment of the forties and fifties, the romances of theMore…


Nominee Night at Sidetrack

Chicago’s Most Lauded Singers Perform Together For One Night Only at NOMINEE NIGHT May 17 at 7:00PM at Sidetrack Get tickets HERE! Chicago’s best musical theatre performers gather for one night only on the same stage when the 2016 Jeff Award Nominees are honored at Nominee Night, May 17 at 7PM at Sidetrack Video Bar in Lake View, Chicago. Pride Films and Plays is partnering with Chicago’s own Buzz On Stage to bring you an exciting evening showcasing musical performances from the Best Actors and Actresses, and Best Supporting Actors and Actresses nominated for the 2015/16 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Awards. All proceeds from the evening benefit the New Musical Initiative at Pride Films and Plays, including the upcoming free workshop of Adam Mathias and Jonathan Monro’s A History of Summer, the story of Fire Island, at Theatre Wit on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 and 29, 2016. Performers slated to appear include: Justin Adair, Fugitive Songs, BoHo Theater Kyrie Anderson, Blood Brothers, Theo Ubique Matt Frye, [title of show], The Brown Paper Box Co. Amanda Giles, Loving Repeating, Kokandy Row 2 Emily Goldberg, both Loving Repeating and DogFight, BoHo Theater Stephanie Hansen, The Marvin Hamlisch Songbook, Theo Ubique CarlMore…


The Schedule and Directors for Gay Play Weekend Are Announced

A slate of 4 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and 1 musical have emerged as finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. Those five scripts will be performed as Enhanced Staged Readings at the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen, 3656 N Halsted, during Gay Play and Musical Weekend which is April 22 to 24, 2016. Tickets for the event are pay-what-you-can (suggested $10). Find more information at or 1 800 737 0984. Esteemed Chicago directors David Belew, Jo Cattell, Delia Kropp, John Nasca and Mara Stern direct. The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, April 22 at 7:00PM: All-American Boy by Donald Gecewicz, Directed by Jo Cattell Saturday, April 23 at 2PM: TBD (To Be Determined) by Paul Elliott, Directed by Delia Kropp Saturday, April 23 at 7PM: Another Horatio Alger Story by Jason Jacobs, Directed by David Belew Sunday, April 24 at 1PM: Spectacular Brown by Brian Pracht, Directed by Mara Stern Sunday, April 24 at 4PM: A Woman Onstage, book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder, musicMore…