Tag: Kevin Webb

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…

Benefits, Events

Tony Tunes!

Broadway musicals take center stage at Pride Films and Plays’ 2014 spirited benefit Tony Tunes on Tuesday, June 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted. The evening celebrates Broadway by featuring shows that have won Tony Awards in the past, along with songs from the upcoming Tony Award nominees (like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Violet and Les Miserables). Performers for the evening will include nominees and winners from Chicago’s Jeff-nominated shows, representing many of the theaters and cabarets around the city! Under the direction of Jeff Award-winning Music Director Robert Ollis*, the benefit cabaret will present performances by special guest star Jayson “JC” Brooks of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, as well as: Ryan Lanning, Sydney Charles, David Schlumpf, Harmony France, Jill Renn, Nicholas Foster, Amy Arbizzani, Scott Gryder, James Nedrud*, Kim Lawson, Kevin Webb*, Sharriese Hamilton, Edward Fraim* and Jordan Phelps*.  These actors have been featured as leads in recent Chicago productions of Dessa Rose, Sweet Smell of Success, Songs From An Unmade Bed, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Les Miserables, Under a Rainbow Flag, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Carrie – the Musical, Violet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, WOZ:More…

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…