DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE, a world premiere

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The season will close with the world premiere of DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE, by Chicago-based playwright Ryan Oliveira. Oliveira’s play explores the challenges of maintaining loving gay relationships amidst the societal forces that attack such relationships. DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE had a workshop by Commission Theatre in 2017, directed by Artistic Associate Topher Leon who will direct

– Saturdays at 7:30m and Sundays at 3:30pm.

Pride Arts Center – The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Premium seats $40, general admission seats $30, student/senior/military $25 (not valid Saturdays)

Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at


By Ryan Oliveira


Directed by Topher Leon.

May 30 – June 29, 2019

Previews: May 30, 31, June 1 at 7:30pm and June 2 at 3:30pm. All preview seats $15.

Press Opening: June 3 at 7:30pm

Regular Run: June 6 – 29 with Thursday – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm and June 19 and 26 at 7:30pm

Pride Arts Center – The Buena

4147 N. Broadway

Premium seats $30, general admission seats $25, student/senior/military $20 (not valid Saturdays)

Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at

It only takes three seconds for Trevin and Carlos to lock eyes. But how many minutes, months, millennia will it take for them to remain in love in the middle of the woods – in the middle of an America determined to pull them apart? Can they truly keep the tiny house they’ve made for themselves forever?

DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE received a workshop production directed by Nelson Rodriguez with Commission Theatre in 2017.


Ryan Oliveira (playwright, DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE) is a playwright-performer.  His play STRAY was produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2017.  His short works, MIGRATION and HERE (THREE ELEGIES FOR A GAY CLUB), have been part of NoPassport Theatre’s Theatre Actions.  He was the Romulus Linney Scholar at the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and has been a finalist for the 2016 Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant (PASSING TIME IN ANIMAL TOWN), a semi-finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Theatre Conference (CHAOS) and Disquiet Luso-American Fellowship (“The Strays of Piumhi”).  MFA: The University of Iowa (2015).  BA: Cornell University (2008).


David Zak (director, AFTERGLOW) has won seven Jeff Awards in Chicago, including four for directing (ANIMAL FARM, DR. SEX, PARADE, POPE JOAN), two for writing (THE HIROSHIMA PROJECT, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) and a special Jeff for “Fostering Diversity in Chicago Theater.” In his 27-year stint as Artistic Director of Bailiwick Repertory, he directed the world premiere production of THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, the US premieres of Sir Peter Hall’s ANIMAL FARM and JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA, and many original works including the political dramas THE HIROSHIMA PROJECT and SIN: A CARDINAL DEPOSED. He has directed in London (THE IRISH CURSE), Seoul (DOLLHOUSE, FANTA STICK, THE GHOST’S COOKBOOK), Dublin (OH, HOLY ALLEN GINSBERG, AT THE FLASH), Boston (SIN: A CARDINAL DEPOSED), Los Angeles (DR. SEX, AT THE FLASH) and New York (MARLOWE AND POSEIDON: AN UPSIDE DOWN MUSICAL). His productions of the American Premieres of JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA and Sir Peter Hall’s ANIMAL FARM won Jeff Awards for Best Musical, as did his productions of PARADE, POPE JOAN, and Dennis DeYoung’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Most recently, he directed YANK!, HIS GREATNESS and with Derek Van Barham, PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT – all for Pride Films and Plays.

Robert Ollis (Music Director, SOUTHERN COMFORT) is an Artistic Associate of Pride Films & Plays and served as Music Director for PFP’s productions of YANK!, PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE BOY FROM OZ, SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, A HISTORY OF SUMMER and THE BOOK OF MERMAN, plus the premiere of Leo Schwartz’s award-winning UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG. He recently served as Co-Music Director for Underscore Theatre’s new musical HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST’S SONGBOOK. Robert received a Jeff Award for musical direction of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN.  Robert is the music director and co-creator of JUDY AND LIZA: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT — A TRIBUTE and accompanies other notable cabaret performers in New York City and Chicago venues.


Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. The company produces a four-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues our famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.

Pride Arts Center, in its own right, produces events complimenting the PFP vision, including dance, cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions, or feature national treasures like Charles Busch.  PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northhalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.

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