PRIDE PLAYS by Vogel, McNally & More to Commemorate Stonewall Uprising
Doug Nevin, Michael Urie, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater present Pride Plays, an upcoming festival of play readings to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.
More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LBTQIA voices will be presented from June 20th through 24th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.
Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.
"Throughout our various collaborations, Michael and I have continually discussed the need to both honor the broad scope of past LGBTQIA-related work and to support the next generation of out writers, directors, and performers," said Festival Producer Doug Nevin. "When Daniella Topol mentioned that she was looking for a way in which Rattlestick could celebrate Stonewall 50 and world pride, this seemed like a perfect marriage. Michael, Nick and I are thrilled that Rattlestick has offered us a home as we bring together important LGBTQ works and artists old and new."
"I'm proud to join Daniella and The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, my friends Doug and Nick, and this amazing group of artists as we bring queer theater voices to the West Village during World Pride," said Festival Producer Michael Urie. "I have longed for a place where LGBTQIA theater creators are number one and during Pride Plays, we will be. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising couldn't be a better time to commemorate the heroes who started our fight, the artists who chronicled it, and the young geniuses who benefit from it."
"The Stonewall Uprising happened just down the street from where Rattlestick is located and we are honored to celebrate these 50 years of liberation with this exciting festival," said Daniella Topol, Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. "There is a stunning body of work over these past 50 years that deserve to be remembered, celebrated, or to be seen for the very first time. The works in Pride Plays are so very different but are aligned in their courage and complexity creating a thrilling opportunity for amazing artists - veterans and emerging - to be in conversation with one another. I am so impressed by Doug Nevin, Michael Urie, and Nick Mayo's vision for this festival, in partnership with an Advisory Board of thoughtful artists and leaders."
BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM: AN ODE TO Bayard Rustin
Directed by Moises Kaufman
LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE
Directed by Miranda Haymon
BRAVE SMILES...ANOTHER LESBIAN TRAGEDY
By the Five Lesbian Brothers:
Directed by Logan Reed
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
EAT AND YOU BELONG TO US
By MJ Kaufman
ON THIS MORNING
Directed by Kevin Newbury
ROOM ENOUGH (FOR US ALL)
By Daaimah Mubashshir
By Ryan Spahn
Directed by Stephen Brackett
A PROGRAM OF ORIGINAL WORKS FROM TRANS LAB
Directed by Èamon Boylan
By Eri Nox
THE BALTIMORE WALTZ
By Paula Vogel
LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE
Directed by Nic Cory
A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN
By Chay Yew
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Additional titles, directors, and casting for Pride Plays will be announced later. Calleri Casting serves as the casting office for Pride Plays.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.rattlestick.org/now-playing-up-next-1
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