Buy a LezPlay Pass and see a great season of shows!

In 2016, you can see a full season of plays and films written by women with lesbian characters or themes. Buy a LezPlay Pass, and join us for: Two world premiere productions including Raggedy And (March 10 to April 20) and Resolution (Oct 10 to Nov 10) both at Rivendell. Summer LezFest and Winter  LezFest, both at Mary’s Attic Queer Bits LezPlay Film Fest in February at Public House Theater. LezPlay Weekend in September at Center on Halsted. Buy your LezPlay Pass today!


Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion!

Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion Tuesday, December 15 at Mary’s Attic Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present its first celebration of winter and holiday stories told by lesbian and genderqueer performers through music, movement, spoken word, and stand up. Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion is created and directed by Lexi Saunders and Amber Snyder, and will include exciting new talent as well as some of the talent which has made PFP’s summer LezFest such a sold out smash for the last two years. Performers for Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion include Angelica Roque, Carolyn Reynolds, Lauren Sivak, Tien Tran, Liz Pazik, Gaby Labotka, Ali Hoefnagel, Darling Shear and Kate Hawbaker-Krohn. Winter LezFest: A Holiday CeleGAYtion is Tuesday, December 15  at 7 pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark. General Admission tickets for LezFest are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. or call 1 800 737 0984. LezFest raises money for PFP’s LezPlay program celebrating works written and/or performed by women with lesbian characters and themes. Two of PFP’s full productions in 2016 – Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood directed by Cecilie Keenan, and Resolution by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama (which won PFP’s LezPlay ContestMore…

Company News, Events

Winter Memories 2!

Winter Memories is a showcase that will feature some of the best and brightest of Chicago’s LGBT talent and allies. The evening begins December 7th at 7:00pm at Twisted Vine, 3530 N Halsted, an intimate cabaret in the heart of Boystown. Directed by Jordan Phelps, Winter Memories will feature Chris Logan, James Nedrud, Kevin Webb, Scott Gryder, Donterrio Johnson, Desmond Gray, Naima Hebrail, Parker Haines, Delia Kropp, Justin LaForte and Robert Ollis. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Food is available from the Twisted Vine menu, and there is cash bar available. Each ticket holder gets entered in a drawing for holiday door prizes. Tickets can be purchased at 1 800 747 0984 or on line here.  


Noel Coward’s “Design for Living”

Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce a new production of Design for Living, a sexy and seductive revival of this Noel Coward classic which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen, and running at Rivendell Theater to November 22. For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or order on line using the link below. From 1930’s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between a vivacious interior designer, Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. The cast features Carmen Molina* (Gilda), Kevin Webb* (Leo), Matthew Gall (Otto) and PFP Artistic Associate Edward Fraim (Ernest). Initially banned in the UK and premiering on Broadway in 1933, “Design for Living” is a stylish and scandalous comedy that takes a close look at three dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. Other cast members include Nora Lise Ulrey (Helen Carver); Mike Newquist (Henry Carver); Joan McGrath* (Grace Torrence); Amber Snyder* (Miss Hodge); David Lipschutz (Matthew/photographer) and Connor Baty (Mr. Birbeck). The creative team for “Design for Living” includes PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca (Costume Design); Kendra Kingsbury (Dialect Coach);More…

Events, Films

Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II, November 9

Pride Films and Plays announces Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on November 9, 2015. Come check out short films that are packing plenty! The full program of short films will be announced a month prior to the screening. The evening will be split into two one-hour programs.  Program A begins 7:30PM and will be followed by a talkback with Chicago director Dan Pal who created the Scotty and Josh series. The second screening will commence at 9:00PM. Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the whole evening (Program A & B) are available for $15 or you can get individual program tickets for $10 each. Student and Senior tickets are also available. Tickets are on sale now by clicking the button below or by calling 1-800-737-0984.   Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II Selections: Program A – Starting at 7:30 pm   Another Party With Scotty Writer/Director: Dan Pal (US, 13 minutes 47 seconds) In Part 3 of the Scotty & Josh trilogy, the characters’ relationship is put to a final test as they attend a party celebratingMore…

Films, Screenplays

Gay Film Weekend Schedule Announced

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 and five semi-finalists have been named in PFP’s 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 thrilling drama about the secrets revealed when a man returns home to care for his mother, an action-packed TV pilot about gay club owners taking on the Italian mafia, an exciting crime story about a detective investigating a serial killer, a fun road trip comedy involving an unlikely pair of friends, and a touching coming-of-age tale about a friendship put to the test. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 13 to 15, 2015 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend kicks off with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival on Monday, November 9 at Public House Theater. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at CenterMore…


Chicago legend Alexandra Billings is the featured performer at SIMPLY SENSATIONAL

Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit Simply Sensational celebrates Chicago legend Alexandra Billings. The event is Monday, November 2, at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. A select number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $175, and include a pre-show reception with appetizers and open wine bar at the Marketa Sivek Gallery at 1123 West Belmont. VIP ticket holders also enjoy reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance at Stage 773 at 1225 W. Belmont, and a post-show meet-and-greet reception and photo opportunity with Miss Billings and the cast. General Admission tickets are $75 and include the performance and a post-show reception. Others in the all-star line-up include trans performers Honey West and Skylar Kergil. Also on the bill are outstanding musical performers Michelle Lauto, James Nedrud, Jordan Phelps, and Donterrio Johnson. Performance artists Lauren Sivak and Carolyn Reynolds will represent PFP’s LezPlay program, and there will be short scenes from PFP’s current production Design for Living by Noel Coward, along with snapshots of PFP’s upcoming shows Ten Dollar House by Martha Meyer and Rick Kinnebrew, and Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood. And it will all be framed by a fashion show of PFP ArtisticMore…

Company News

Parking at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge

So far, parking seems to be pretty easy to find at Rivendell. The side streets do not require permits, and there is free parking at the Senn High School Lot a few blocks away. The closest el stop is Bryn Mawr on the red line. Walk west to Broadway, then northwest up Ridge to 5779.  Convenient bus stops are at Broadway and Bryn Mawr, or Clark and Ridge. There is also free parking at the Senn High School lot, which can ONLY be accessed from Thorndale,  a one-way street running west. You can turn onto Thorndale from Broadway, just north of Moody’s Pub, or go north on Glenwood just east of Rivendell, and turn left onto Thorndale.  

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays in Gay Film Weekend, 2015

Chicago, IL – Five finalists will be 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 13 to 15, 2015. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted are Pay-What-You-Can ($10 suggeted) and can be purchased at the door 3o minutes prior to the performance.  For more information on contests or productions, visit  

Company News, Plays

The Boy From Oz

Pride Films and Plays will conclude its remarkable Summer Season with The Boy From Oz, the Broadway musical which tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, and Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, The Boy From Oz tells the exuberant yet heart-warming true story of a young Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza. The show is JEFF RECOMMENDED, and critics are calling it: “IMPRESSIVE… expertly cast and directed by David Zak.” – Recommended, Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times “MAGNETIC…This shimmering, splashy production absolutely lights up Belmont Avenue.” – Highly Recommended, Colin Douglas, Chicago Theater Review “INSPIRED… Chris Logan brings heartfelt immediacy to Allen’s final, anguished valedictory ballad “Once Before I Go” and precise pizzazz to such novelty numbers as “The Continental American,” “Sure Thing, Baby” and the self-promoting “Bi-Coastal” – Highly Recommended, Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Screen Regular performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 5 through August 30 only. Tickets are $25 Wednesday, $30 Thursdays and $40 on Friday,More…