When a baby boy is orphaned in California’s Sierra Mountains on Christmas Eve, 1850, two miners living together as a couple agree to raise him. They learn to become fathers and their parental responsibilities change their relationship in unexpected ways as well. Danne W. Taylor, known for his roles in Pride Films and Plays’ CASA VALENTINA, HIS GREATNESS and HURRICANE DAMAGE, will direct. The play was first produced in 2001 as a commissioned play by the Sierra Repertory Theatre of Sonora, California. Music Director Michael McBride’s musical score, sung a capella by the cast, weaves original and traditional music in glorious holiday fashion. The production will play ithrough Sunday, January 5, 2020.
The cast includes fifth-grader Henry Lombardo as the foundling, Tom. Lombardo has appeared professionally on Chicago stages in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Goodman, in AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Chicago Shakespeare, and in LUISA MILLER at Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other credits. Also in the cast are Fiore Barbini (Hoke), Michael D. Graham (Old Jake), Leo LaCamera (Moscow), Max McKune (Georgia), Zane Sade (Boston), and BethAnn Smukowski (Aunt Sarah). The production team will include Michael McBride (Music Director), Kailee Tomasic (Scenic Designer), Robert Eric West (Costume Designer), and Mike McShane (Lighting Designer).
Tickets are $40 premium reserved seats, $30 general reserved seats, $25 students and seniors (not valid Saturdays) and are on sale now at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.
THE CHRISTMAS FOUNDLING
By Norman Allen
Directed by Danne W. Taylor
December 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Previews December 5- 6 at 8 pm – All seats $20.00
Press Opening Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm
Regular run: Saturday, December 7 – January 5
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Mondays at 8 pm (except no show Monday, 12/16), and Thursday, January 2 at 8 pm
The Buena, Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago
Tickets: Premium reserved – $40.00 (Students/seniors/military $35.00); General reserved – $30.00 (Students/seniors/military $25.00)
Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 773-857-0222.
When a baby boy is orphaned in the California Sierra Mountains on Christmas Eve, 1850, two Gold Rush miners living together as a couple agree to raise him. They learn to become fathers and their parental responsibilities change their relationship in unexpected ways as well. Inspired by the stories of Bret Harte, THE CHRISTMAS FOUNDLING is a heartwarming holiday tale, with the love of a child at its center and an unlikely romance as its driving force.
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
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.
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.