Films

New AltReels Film Fest

Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on April 25th, 2016. Buy tickets here! Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival will showcase five short films that test the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. The program includes a powerful documentary about the toll of an illness on a long-term relationship, a sexy thriller about a quiet man whose drag queen alter-ego starts to take over his life, a sweet pop musical about heartbreak and hope, a zany comedy about a brother and sister saving their video store, and a tender fairytale about two men that give each other newfound purpose in life. The screening begins at 7:30PM. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6:30PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes and strong language. You are going to love them! Tickets are $15. Student and Senior tickets are also available for $10. Tickets can be purchased at pridefilmsandplays.com or by calling 1.800.737.0984. Buy tickets here! Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival Selections: Alzheimer’s: A Love Story More…

Plays

Raggedy And – a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood

In Raggedy And, a fast-paced ultramodern comedy of manners, the perfect poet is needed for the impending inauguration of America’s first female president. When Ondi Rivers, a trans woman, is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her family’s private life, will she take the stage? The cast includes (L to R) Averis I. Anderson as Ben, Delia Kropp as Ondi, Katurah Nelson as Clem, and Manuel Ortiz as Jayden. Designs are by Rebecca Hamlin (set), Raquel Adorno (costumes), Kalie Rollison (sound) and Cat Wilson (lights). Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood and directed by Cecilie D. Keenan, has previews on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 at 7:30 ($15). Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:30pm through April 10. Tickets are $22 Thursdays, and $27 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is a special industry night performance on Monday, March 21, 7:30 with tickets $22. Discounts are available for students and seniors. The performance is at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, and tickets can be purchased at 1-800-737-0984 or Pride Films and Plays has begun an Indiegogo campaign in support of this productions,More…

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Meet ‘Raggedy And’ Playwright David Valdes Greenwood

Pride Films and Plays has two world premiere productions on our season this year! And I thought you would enjoy hearing from David Valdes Greenwood about his life in the theater!Be the first to see this exciting and ground breading comedy by ordering tickets here. Performances begin March 10. Purchase tickets here.  Raggedy And runs March 10 to April 10 at Rivendell, 5779 N Ridge. What inspired you to become a writer? Are you from an ‘arts’ family – was their pressure to do other work? No one in my family was a writer but we were an arts family in one way: my Grandmother was church organist and choir director, and we all sang. We also all loved books, the kind of family in which everyone had the maximum number of borrowed books allowed at a time by the library. There was certainly no great embrace of my writing when it first started. I was the first to graduate from college and they all thought it was insane that I wanted to go to grad school, especially for writing. My grandmother insisted I return to my small town in Maine to get a real job and take care ofMore…

Events

PFP Announces Great Gay Play Contest Semi-finalists

  A slate of 11 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and musicals have emerged as Semi-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. The semi-finalists are: All-American Boy by Donald Gecewicz Another Horatio Alger Story by Jason Jacobs Book of Hours by Thomas Klocke Five Husbands by B.V. Marshall Open and Shut by Donna Hoke Song to the Moon by Gary Jaffe Spectacular Brown by Brian Pracht TBD (To Be Determined) by Paul Elliott Terror Incognito by Larry A. Reed tran-si-tions by Steve Fogelman A Woman Onstage, book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder, music by Brad Simmons A final round of readings commences now, and five finalists will be named at the end of this month. Those five scripts will be performed as Enhanced Staged Readings at the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen, 3540 N Halsted, the weekend of April 22 to 24, 2016. Tickets for the event are pay-what-you-can (suggested $10). Find more information at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or 1 800 737 0984. Synopses of the plays and bios of theMore…

Events

‘The Boys in Briefs’ – Final Performance!

Chicago, IL – PFP’s new singing quartet The Boys In Briefs made their sensational debut at Uptown Underground to a raucous sold out crowd on January 26 in Boys in Briefs: At the Beach! And now the Boys are prepping for their final performance on April 26. This upbeat evening of summertime features Emmy Award-winner Scott Gryder, Travis Austin Wright, and PFP Company Members and the stars of PFP’s The Boy From Oz, Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks. The program features sizzling classics from George Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, the Drifters and the Beach Boys, along with selections from today’s pop favorites. David Zak directs with musical direction from Nick Sula and eye-popping costumes from Raquel Adorno. Patrick Murphy is the Stage Manager. The Boys In Briefs: At The Beach! performs onTuesday April 26. The performances is at 7:00 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. A limited number of VIP Reserved Seat tickets are $25. General Admission tickets are $20. Or call 800 737 0984. Buy tickets here. What did the critics say? Highly Recommended, Colin Douglas writing in Chicagotheatereview.com says “The Boys In Briefs is: a cleverly constructed and expertly performed and warmly welcome Wintertime revue!More…

Events, Films

Films Selected for PFP’s LezPlay Film Fest

 LezPlay Film Festival Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on February 22nd, 2016.   Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay Film Festivalincludes a couple’s existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double life, a student teacher bond through secret love, an older woman’s exploration of her past, the loss of balance in the dynamic of two, a conversation about Clitoris & Clitoris Awareness, the ups and downs of a young Lesbian relationship and the search for the perfect dance partner. The screening commences at 7:30PM, is approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a brief talkback. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 7:00 PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the complete evening of programs are $10.   or call 1.800.737.0984.   LezPlay Film Festival Selections: Our Place Director: Al Benoit; Writers: Kelsey Cornell & Al Benoit US, 18 minutes 56 seconds) A youngMore…

Events, Plays

History Comes Alive in “Ten Dollar House”

Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Ten Dollar House by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer which will be directed by Michael D. Graham, and running at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston from January 7 to 31. In this true story of love and historic preservation set in Depression-era Wisconsin, a London-based decorator and a local drifter fall in love as they restore a dilapidated rock cottage. With a “gay marriage” that hides in plain sight, Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum create Pendarvis house, an improbable business venture that transforms an entire town. Ten Dollar House premiered this year at Broom Street Theatre in Madison, and was a finalist for 2015 New Works Festival at St. Paul’s History Theater. Evanston writers Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer developed Ten Dollar House with PFP through staged readings in Wisconsin, Chicago and Evanston. The cast features Scott Patrick Sawa (Bob Neal), Joe Anderson (Edgar Hellum), Tom Chiola* (William Gundry), Jean Marie Koon (Marjorie King), Mindy Barber (Betty Cass), and Nathan Elder (Understudy).  Michael D. Graham directs, and designs are by Joshua D. Allard (costumes), Sarah Lewis (set), by Kallie Rolison* (Sound), and Aimee Warshal (lights). Ten DollarMore…

Events, Plays

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two  leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer). This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza’s singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show. Accompanied by a jazz combo, this lively cabaret show will feature those solos, duets and medleys that are Judy and Liza classics. This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique mother/daughter relationship that they shared and to see how Liza learned so much in performance from Judy — the consummate song stylist. Judy and Liza — Once in a Lifetime previews Sunday, January 31st (7:00 p.m.) at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway.) Press opening is Monday February 1 at Uptown Underground at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range between $15 and $25. For ticket information call Uptown UndergroundMore…

Company News, Films, Screenplays

Counting

PFP’s first original short is Counting, directed by Dan Pal from a screenplay by Kari Morris. Counting features PFP Company Members Kenzie Siebert, Carolyn Reynolds, and Joan McGrath, and was shot on location in Chicago in July 2016. In 1951, Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality. So far Counting has been selected for the Big as Texas Short Film Festival, where it is a nominee for Best LGBT Film, and the Equality Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. There will likely bemany more announced in January, and Dan Pal has submitted the film to festivals that have notifications as far ahead as next September. We wish Counting continued success on the festival circuit. Directed and Produced by Dan Pal Screenplay by Kari Morris Executive Producer   David Zak Milly    Kenzie Seibert Young Violet    Carolyn Reynolds Older Violet    Joan McGrath Director of Photography   Alan Dembek Costume Designer   John Nasca DIT/Editor   Don Diaz 1st Assistant Director   Kelsey O’Brien 2nd Assistant Director/Line Producer  David Collins Production Manager  Sam Bengtson Gaffer    Ian Battaglia Key Grip   J Wheeler White 1st Assistant Camera    Alex Naremore 2nd Assistant Camera    Jordan Blazak Sound Designer  More…

Plays

Getting to Piccolo Theatre In Evanston

Ten Dollar House is at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston. Directions & Transportation Piccolo Theatre is located at 600 Main St. in Evanston, inside the Main Street Metra Station. What?! A train station?! Yes, that’s right!  The box office for the theatre is located in our cafe on platform level, not ground level.  Ascend the stairs on the North or South end of the building, and you’ll be there. We do have an elevator access entrance on ground level for those who are unable to climb stairs. Transportation Parking: Street parking is available around the theatre. Meters shut off at 6pm and are not active on Sundays. Please be aware of the street signs and park accordingly! Metra Train: The Piccolo Theatre is inside the Evanston Main Street station on the Union Pacific North (UP-N) line. Metra rail schedules are available at www.metrarail.com. CTA Train: The Main station on the CTA purple line is located within walking distance of the theatre. CTA train schedules are available at www.transitchicago.com. When you arrive, exit the station and go to the corner. Turn left, walk about 100 feet and turn left down a brick road alley – the theatre door will be the lastMore…