Tag: Nelson Rodriguez

Awards, Screenplays

Christopher M. Halligan’s “1974′ Wins 2014 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2014 Great Gay Screenplay contest is 1974 by Christopher M. Halligan. The victor was selected Sunday, November 16 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Week in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included enhanced staged readings of the top five scripts, including Agent Call Boy by James Rosenfield, The Celestial by Barry Brennessel, How to Be a Homosexual by JB Berg, and Chance Meetings by John Woodard. The week also commenced on Monday, November 10 with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival at the Public House Theatre. The festival included 10 short films all having their Chicago premieres and was followed by an entertaining talkback with Chicago filmmaker Dan Pal, whose short Scotty and Josh Get Enlightened was featured in the festival. Pride Films and Plays was delighted to have Christopher M. Halligan, Barry Brennessel, and JB Berg attend the festival weekend and hear their screenplays come to life. The screenwriters noted how exciting and important to their development it is to hear their work performed. 1974 Synopsis: 1974 breaks all the stereotypes surrounding the American Dream as an interconnected group of people must faceMore…

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…