Tag: David Zak

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…

Company News, Events, Plays

**JEFF RECOMMENDED** – ‘The Book of Merman’ Now At The Apollo!

Pride Films and Plays Jeff Recommended production of The Book of Merman continues at Apollo Studio Theatre through May 17. The new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning author Leo Schwartz has been playing to sellout crowds at Mary’s Attic in Andersonville since its opening on January 17, 2015. Showtimes at the Apollo are 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 3:30 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $30 for all performances, with $5 discounts for seniors and students and are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Apollo box office (773-935-6100).The final performance is May 17. When two Mormons ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, you will laugh throughout The Book of Merman and leave smiling, as it takes you beyond parody and into a sweet story of self-awareness and acceptance. Jeff Award-winner David Zak directs with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis musical directing.  Sam Button-Harrison and Dan Gold as the two Mormon missionaries who happen upon Merman. Luke Meierdiercks is a regular understudy. Details: The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz, directed by David Zak, musical directionMore…

Company News, Plays

Cast Announced For “Some Men”

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to announce an exciting cast for the Chicago premiere of Some Men by Terrence McNally. The cast includes PFP Artistic Associates Patrick Rybarczyk and Nelson Rodriguez, and Artistic Ensemble Members David Besky, Sam Button-Harrison, Tom Chiola, Edward Fraim, and Jude Hansen. They are joined by Ben Burke, Jeremy Sonkin, and Robert Ayres to become an ensemble of 10 playing over three dozen characters. Alternately hilarious, painful, and sexy, Some Men presents a kaleidoscope of characters set within some of the events that bent the arc of gay history in America. Scenes are set in 1969 during Stonewall, in St. Vincent’s at the height of AIDS, and on a beach in the Hamptons in the 1920s and again 70 years later. There is also a scene set in an AOL chat room, another in a bathhouse, and many other locations which provide the texture to our lives. The play begins and ends with a contemporary gay wedding, relating interconnecting stories of generations of gay men. David Zak and Derek Van Barham co-direct. Designs for the production are by Ensemble Member Raquel Adorno (costumes), Ellie Humphrys (lights), Tianyu Qu (set) and Kallie Rolison (sound). Original MusicMore…

Company News, Events

‘Some Men’ by Terrence McNally

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men. Some Men is Tony Award–winner Terrence McNally at his best. Alternately hilarious, painful, and sexy, Some Men presents a kaleidoscope of gay characters set within some of the events that bent the arc of gay history in America. Our cast will play over three dozen characters whose stories parallel, and whose histories are linked. Scenes are set in 1969 during Stonewall, in St. Vincent’s at the height of AIDS, and on a beach in the Hamptons in the 1920s and again 70 years later. There is also a scene set in an AOL chat room, another in a bathhouse, and many other locations which provide the texture to our lives. The play begins and ends with a contemporary gay wedding, relating interconnecting stories of generations of gay men in New York City. Some Men will be performed at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 North Ridge, co-directed by David Zak and Derek Van Barham, and will feature many of the Artistic Ensemble Members of Pride Films and Plays. There are two preview performances on August 14 and 15 at 7:30. Regular performances are Thursday through Saturday atMore…

Benefits, Events

“At The Flash” Pre-tour Performance

“At The Flash” was written by Sean Chandler and David Leeper and is performed by David Leeper.  Having been together for over 22 years and now (thankfully) legally married, they wanted to create a piece of theater that represented how far the LGBT community has come and how far we need to go. The show is headed to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Fest.  It will have one performance in Pride Films and Plays rehearsal space on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm before heading overseas.  The performance is at 1411 West Wilson, the ground floor entrance. There is free parking on Wilson or Dover, paid parking on Clark. This is just east of Clark Street, and just west of Wilson stop on Red Line. Tickets for this very special evening are $20 and support the tour to Dublin. To reserve go here. Come watch the performance, and share a toast with David Leeper, Sean Chandler, director David Zak, and Stage Manager Jessica Forella before they head east! Your $20 donation goes to a great cause! The performance runs 75 minutes. And if you can’t make the performance, please consider a donation to our fundraising campaign for this project.  YourMore…

Company News, Events, Staged Reading

Pride Films and Plays Announces Cast for Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes

Pride Films and Plays is pleased to announce the cast for Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes, which will be performed on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. Commemorative Edition, by DC Cathro, features a young man for the first time developing a connection with his father while watching the Olympics. AJ Wright directs Sam Button-Harrison*, Jason Grimm, and Emilio Velasco. Hoya Saxa by Rich Espey is a very timely look at two football players in a locker room. Jeremy Sonkin and Michael John Lea are featured. Tommy Bullington directs. And in Olympic Fever by George Smart, Will Wilhelm plays a young skater about to depart O’Hare for the Sochi games. Shaun Baer and Emilio Velasco are featured.  PFP’s Executive Director David Zak directs. Michael Donley reads stage directions throughout.  Production stage manager is Joshua Baggett. *Denotes member of PFP’s Artistic Ensemble Sochi: Three Short Plays About Gay Athletes will be performed as enhanced stage readings in the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N Halsted. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and pay-what-you-can for members of the film and TV industry with resumes or headshots. ToMore…

Awards, Events, Plays

Two Awards – Hip Hip Hooray!

Under A Rainbow Flag – Best Musical – Best New Work! We are thrilled that in our first first season of Jeff Eligibility, we have won two awards for the world premiere musical Under A Rainbow Flag! Our congratulations go to author Leo Schwartz who won a Jeff for Best New Work, and to the entire cast and creative team as Under A Rainbow Flag was named Best Musical of the Year! We congratulate all our of nominees – Director David Zak, Musical Director Robert Ollis, and Best Supporting Actor Nominee James Nedrud who made this production worthy of a Best Musical Nomination! And all the cast, crew, audience members and donors who made the premiere of this musical such an exciting event.