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Capathia Jenkins to Headline Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL BenefitCapathia Jenkins to Headline Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, celebrates the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, with Broadway great Capathia Jenkins headlining. (more...)

'ROLLER DERBY PLAY' Premiere, Chicago Debut of THE NANCE & More Set for Pride Films and Plays' 2016-17 Season'ROLLER DERBY PLAY' Premiere, Chicago Debut of THE NANCE & More Set for Pride Films and Plays' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Pride Films and Plays' 2016-17 season will include two Chicago premieres of Tony Award nominated shows and two world premieres, Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez announced today. (more...)

Cast Announced for RESOLUTION Premiere at Pride Films and PlaysCast Announced for RESOLUTION Premiere at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is excited to start its fall season with the world premiere of Resolution, opening October 24 at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez announced the full cast today. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Names Nelson Rodriguez Artistic DirectorPride Films and Plays Names Nelson Rodriguez Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Nelson Rodriguez, a Chicago-based actor and writer of Puerto Rican descent who has been an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays since August 2012, has been named the company's first Artistic Director, Executive Director David Zak announced today. (more...)

Casting Announced for Hell in a Handbag's SKOOBY DON'T World PremiereCasting Announced for Hell in a Handbag's SKOOBY DON'T World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere SKOOBY DON'T, David Cerda's uproarious parody of a beloved cartoon classic, directed by Derek Van Barham. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Open New Arts CenterPride Films and Plays to Open New Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in Uptown that were recently vacated by Profiles Theatre, Executive Director David Zak announced today. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the company's stage productions and will be named The Broadway. The 50-seat studio a few doors north at 4147 N. Broadway, to be dubbed The Buena, will serve chiefly as a rental venue. Zak says "We will welcome arts groups of all types - theaters, film fests, comics, musicians, performance artists - who share our mission to speak for the underrepresented populations of our community. The Pride Arts Center will be a safe and open place for all artists." (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's SKOOBY DON'T to Premiere at Mary's AtticHell in a Handbag's SKOOBY DON'T to Premiere at Mary's Attic
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, Hell in a Handbag Productions delivers a parody so dead-on, it's frightening! Artistic Director David Cerda lampoons a cartoon classic in his world premiere comedy SKOOBY, DON'T, directed by Derek Van Barham. Follow the adventures of four adults - Scaggy, Fredd, Velva and Daffy - who wear the same clothes everyday while driving around in a van with their mentally-impaired talking dog, 'solving mysteries.'  (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMERPride Films and Plays to Present Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Pride Films and Plays presents a special workshop of the gorgeous new musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro and book by Adam Mathias. (more...)

PFP to Stage US Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRSPFP to Stage US Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the US professional premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.'  PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winfree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. (more...)

PFP to Present Chicago Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRSPFP to Present Chicago Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will present the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.'  PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast of including Gary Henderson as Seth, Jordan Dell Harris as Eric, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  PFP Heats Things Up with BOYS IN BRIEFSBWW Reviews: PFP Heats Things Up with BOYS IN BRIEFS
by Misha Davenport - Jan 29, 2016

Pride Films and Plays heats up the Uptown Underground with BOYS IN BRIEFS: AT THE BEACH! (more...)

The Boys In Briefs to Make Debut at Uptown UndergroundThe Boys In Briefs to Make Debut at Uptown Underground
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

The new singing quartet from Pride Films and Plays - The Boys In Briefs - debuts at Uptown Underground on January 26 with The Boys in Briefs: At the Beach! This upbeat evening of summertime music will be a perfect antidote to your winter doldrums. The cast features Emmy Award-winner Scott Gryder, Jeff Award-winner Donterrio Johnson, and the stars of PFP's The Boy >From Oz, Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks. (more...)

DESIGN FOR LIVING and More Set for Pride Films and Plays' Fall 2015 SeasonDESIGN FOR LIVING and More Set for Pride Films and Plays' Fall 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

Pride Films and Plays continues to grow into Chicago's most dynamic arts collective, and announces a Fall Season including festivals dedicated to the development of new LGBT work while anchored with a new look at a shocking LGBT work from another era. The Fall Season is the perfect follow-up to PFP's Jeff Recommended and Box Office hits Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown directed by Sandra Marquez and The Boy From Oz directed by David Zak. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/23/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/23/2015
by BWW - Aug 23, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/23/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/16/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/16/2015
by BWW - Aug 16, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/16/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/09/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/09/2015
by BWW - Aug 9, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/09/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Photo Flash: Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ Begins TonightPhoto Flash: Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

The Boy From Oz, presented by Pride Films and Plays, will be directed by David Zak, with musical direction by Robert Ollis and choreography by Cameron Turner. The musical previews tonight, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, with a press opening slated for Friday, August 7 at 7:30. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 29, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Pippin' performs at the Cadillac Palace and Sidetrack, dueling showtune concerts on August 17, and a summer 'Altar Boyz.' Plus local premieres of 'The Boy From Oz,' 'American Idiot' and 'Dogfight,' 'Gypsy' in Lake County, and 'The Producers' in true rep with 'Victor/Victoria!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The Boy From Oz, presented by Pride Films and Plays, will be directed by David Zak, with musical direction by Robert Ollis and choreography by Cameron Turner. The musical previews Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, with a press opening slated for Friday, August 7 at 7:30. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Hell in a Handbag to Stage Midwest Premiere of MIRACLE!, 5/14-7/10Hell in a Handbag to Stage Midwest Premiere of MIRACLE!, 5/14-7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to kick-off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of MIRACLE!, the wickedly funny parody of The Miracle Worker as reimagined by Dan Savage, one of the country's leading writers/speakers/podcasters on sex, sexuality and GLBTQ issues, and directed by Derek Van Barham. MIRACLE! will play May 14 - July 10, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. (more...)

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