DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE, a world premiere

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 is a world premiere,  genre-defying two-character drama that is both sensual and psychological.

DESIRE IN A TINIER HOUSE is a genre-defying two-character drama that examines the challenges of maintaining loving gay relationships amidst societal forces that attack such relationships: threats that range from personal forces like family and the workplace through global threats like the encroachment of technology on privacy, government suppression of individuality, and world war.

It  follows the relationship of two gay men in their ‘20s – the Argentine-American Trevin and the Brazilian-American Carlos – in scenes that progress from real to surreal, showing howTopher Leontheir relationship changes first from moment to moment and eventually across millennia. With language both poetic and realistic, Oliveira’s script is sensual as well as psychological as it charts the evolving relationship between the bold and impulsive Trevin and the more cautious Carlos.

Leon’s cast will include Rolando Serrano as Trevin and Carlos Wagener-Sobrero as Carlos.  Juan Mares Castillo will understudy Carlos. The production team will include Alex Casillas (scenic design), Uriel Gomez (costume design), Michelle Benda (lighting design), Isaac Mandel (sound design), Erin Gautille (properties design), Gaby Labotka (intimacy and fight choreography), Megan Chaney (stage manager), Evan Frank (technical director), Blake Cordell (master electrician), and Hannah Herrera Greenspan (assistant director/dramaturg).



By Ryan Oliveira


Topher Leon

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: Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm

Regular Run: June 6 – 29 with performances Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm and Wednesdays June 12, 19 and 26 at 7:30pm

Pride Arts Center – The Broadway

4139 N. Broadway

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

Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or online at


Ryan Oliveira (Playwright) 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).

Topher Leon (Director) is a director, actor, and Artistic Associate at Pride Films & Plays. Directing credits: APPALACHIAN DOVE SONG, SALT FIRE (Pride Arts Center), JELLYFISH QUEER (El Semillero).  Assisting credits: IT’S ONLY A PLAY, RESOLUTION (PFP); WE’RE GONNA BE OKAY (American Theater Company); PUNK (The New Colony).  He’s curious about intersections of equity, identity, & civic engagement.

Rolando Serrano (Trevin) recently performed the role of Cristiano in THE SOCCER PLAYER IN THE CLOSET (Nothing Without a Theatre Company). Other recent credits include Erasing the Distance’s DOCFEST 2018, Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK FESTIVAL, and a production of SIMPLY MARIA with Haven Theatre’s Director’s Haven. He played Miguel in the short film “BLACKSITE: THE MUSICAL!” and has had the privilege of training at Missouri State University and the School at Steppenwolf.  This year, Rolando is working to produce his super-gay super-brown whimsically mournful solo show, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL DRINKING. For more details, or to keep up with the rest of his journey, follow him @rolorod.

Carlos Wagener-Sobrero (Carlos) is excited to work with PFP. Theatre credits include THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Seattle Shakespeare); ADA’S VIOLIN: THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA OF PARAGUAY (Book-It Repertory); Imaginary Opus and Viaje de la Santa (eSe Teatro). He received his BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts.


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 complementing 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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