Tag: Derek Van Barham

Plays

BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary’s Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham’s immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary’s prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary’s Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard’s beloved love stories through a queer lens. Buy your BITE tickets here. The cast features (in alphabetical order): Caitlin Aase (Stupid F*cking Bird, Fusion Theatre Company), Jeff Bouthiette (Coraline the Musical, Black Button Eyes), Raymond K. Cleveland (Man of La Mancha, Theo Ubique), Nathan Cooper (Saturday Night Fever, Royal Caribbean International) , Jacob McKenzie Gilchrist (Rent, Metropolis Performing Arts), Kathleen Hoil (The American Revolution, Theatre Unspeakable/Lincoln Center), Will Kazda (Swimming in the Shallows, Piven Theatre Workshop), Jennifer Ledesma (American Idiot, Up And Coming Theatre), Carmen Molina* (DesignMore…

Events, Plays

**JEFF RECOMMENDED** Angry Fags

***JEFF RECOMMENDED*** Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to join the 2015 Steppenwolf Garage Repertory to present the Chicago premiere of Topher Payne’s Award-winning Angry Fags. PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham directs. Topher Payne’s comedy Angry Fags illustrates what happens when activism gets angry. Cooper and Bennett are men who feel helpless when their friend is the victim of an assault at a bar. Then, they feel something new: pure, unfiltered rage. Cooper presents the argument that no one is granted the rights they deserve until people are a little afraid of them. And no one is afraid of gay guys. Not yet. Angry Fags is an Oscar Wilde-meets-‘Fight Club’ fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios. “It doesn’t get better. We have to MAKE it better.” An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios Pride Films and Plays is excited to introduce Chicago audiences to this award-winning new writer, and thrilled that his fierce, fabulous, and unapologetic new play will be presented as part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep in Spring, 2015.More…

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…

Company News, Contests, Events, Plays, Staged Reading

Gay Play Weekend May 9 to 11, 2014

 PFP’s Gay Play Weekend includes a thrilling musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing.  These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest.The scripts will be staged as enhanced staged reading with movement and some design elements, done by five exciting directors: Eric Hoff, Larry Baker, John Nasca, Katherine Siegel, and Derek Van Barham.The schedule for Gay Play Weekend is: Friday, May 9 at 7pm The View UpStairs by Max Vernon; directed by Eric Hoff Saturday, May 10 at 2pm Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield; directed by Katherine Siegel Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds; directed by John Nasca Sunday, May 11 at 11am, The Book of Andy by Michael J. Mejia; directed by Derek Van Barham Sunday, May 11 at 3pm, Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott; directed by Larry Baker Tickets for each performance are $10, or $5 for students and seniorsMore…

Company News, Plays

Songs From An Unmade Bed

Pride Films and Plays Presents the Chicago professional premiere of Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell. Directed by Derek Van Barham, Musical Direction by Robert Ollis March 27 – April 27, 2014 at The Apollo Theater Studio Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Songs from an Unmade Bed,  a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell. Directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham with music direction by ensemble member Robert Ollis.  The production will run March 27-April 27 at The Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N Lincoln Ave.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The press opening is Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm. Songs from an Unmade Bed explores the experiences (romantic, sexual and otherwise) of gay men living in the city. Lyricist Mark Campbell worked with eighteen composers (one per song) to create a unique musical revue, accompanied by piano and cello, with gorgeous songs that range from funny, poignant, melancholy and ultimately hopeful about life and love. Songs from an Unmade Bed has previously been presented in New York City (Off-Broadway), Los Angeles and elsewhere; this will be its premiere professional production in Chicago. “There’s something soMore…