Pride Films and Plays to Premiere SOCHI: THREE PLAYS ABOUT GAY ATHLETES AND THE OLYMPICS Reading, 2/24

Pride Films and Plays to Premiere SOCHI: THREE PLAYS ABOUT GAY ATHLETES AND THE OLYMPICS Reading, 2/24

Pride Films and Plays will present two new world premieres and one Chicago premiere dealing with gay athletes in Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics. Commemorative Edition by DC Cathro, Hoya Saxa by Rich Espey, and Olympic Fever by George Smart capture the hopes, fevers, and fears of gay men whose passion is sport.

Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes And The Olympics will be presented as a staged reading in the Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater at 3656 N Halsted. The performance is at 7:00 pm On Monday, February 24, with a talk-back afterwards. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students or seniors. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm to share our favorite memories and impressions of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and talk about the state of gay sports in the world and in Chicago.

Commemorative Edition, directed by AJ Wright, is a funny and touching coming-of-age tale. A Jewish boy's crush throws his life into turmoil as he tries desperately to become a man during the time of the 1988 Olympics.

DC Cathro is a Maryland-based actor, director and playwright. DC has been seen on stage in shows such as Holmes & Watson, Chess, Coyote on a Fence and The Immigrant: The Musical. Directing credits include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Closer Than Ever and The Love List. His play Limits recently had a reading in the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

In Hoya Saxa, directed by Tommy Bullinham, we meet two athletes in a locker room. Poss has been injured and as he recovers, David's questions reveal more than either athlete expects.

Rich Espey's plays have been produced throughout the United States. Recent highlights include Three Andys produced by Single Carrot Theatre and Stand Up!, a monologue included in CENTERSTAGE's "My America" project. Rich is the Baltimore Regional representative of the Dramatists Guild, a member of DC's Playwrights Gymnasium and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore. www.richespey.net

In Olympic Fever, directed by David Zak, set in the departure lounge of an airport, we meet Roberto, a skater who has spent his life with the hopes of making it on the team. But the Russian stance on GLBT people has sent him reeling and he decides not to attend. Martin, his manager tries one last time to change his mind.

George Smart is a Boston based playwright whose produced plays include IDWYT, Bottom and the Big Bad Bat, You Don't? , A Dog and His Boys (a staged reading), It Doesn't, Suicide Help Line (which won the audience choice award for Best Director and Best Actor at the Boston Playwrights Platform Summer Festival) and Worrier and the Not. He will self-produce his own full length play Mr. Teddy (not a children's story) - a finalist in PFP's Great Gay Play and Musical Contest - in June of 2014 in Boston, MA. He is the President of the Boston Playwrights Platform and a member of the Writers Network of Pride Films and Plays.

Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1800 838 3006.

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