Pride Films and Plays Hosts Women's Work Weekend 9/7-11


Pride Films and Plays will present an unprecedented weekend of new plays and screenplays with lesbian characters during our Women's Work Weekend September 7 to 11 at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted.

The scripts you will see performed as staged readings are the four finalists in the Sapphics on Stage and Sapphics on Screen Contests.

If you believe in the future of LGBT theater and film, please attend the readings, meet the authors, and support their work!

Tickets are $12 for each reading, or $6 for film or industry professionals. You can purchase tickets for each show by clicking on each title. A pass may also be purchased for $70 for eight admissions for the weekend to be used as you like.

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30 pm
Girls Out Loud by Pat Branch, Los Angeles, CA
Genevieve Thompson, Director
A 30-something cynic gives up on romantic love and knocks herself up just in time to meet the woman of her dreams. This bundle of joy might have three baby mamas! Screenplay reading.

Thursday, September 8, 7:30 pm
Bad Dog by Jennifer Hoppe-House, Los Angeles, CA
Ebony Joy, Director
Molly has fallen off the wagon and driven her Audi through the house. When her beleaguered wife escorts her home from the hospital, Molly finds her far-flung, dysfunctional family descending to intervene. Play reading

Friday, September 9, 7:30 pm
The Basement by Dawn Marie Guernsey, Lawrence, KS
Sarah Ballema, Director
Trapped in the basement of a building destroyed in a tornado, Lena confronts demons from her past as she endures the cruelties of the property owner, who refuses to help her. Screenplay reading.

Saturday, September 10, 6:00 pm
'70s Shuffle by Diane Edington, Los Angeles, CA
Hannah Friedman, Director
Micki, a straight undercover FBI agent in '70s NYC, is pursuing a fugitive anarchist. Smitten Gaby, dyke bartender/politico, naively guides Micki through her Mafia underworld, into her bed, and into her heart, while the Mob and FBI plot to blow them both away. Screenplay reading.

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Patient HM by Vanda, New York, NY
Jackie Jutting, Director
A lesbian neuroscientist is haunted by her memories of her lost lover as she treats a man who hasn't had a new memory in 55 years. Play reading.

Sunday, September 11, 1:30 pm
Raising Ricci by Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Rocky Mount,NC
Susan Adler, Director
A lesbian couple returns to their Southern roots looking for healing and acceptance after the death of their son. Play reading.

Sunday, September 11, 3:30 pm
Leap of Faith by Alicia Lomas-Gross, Colton, CA
Shifra Werch, Director
A timid lesbian Catholic schoolteacher falls for a student's devout mother and must convince her that they are more than just friends. Screenplay reading.

Sunday, September 11, 6:00 pm
Still Fighting It by Cassie Keet, Los Angeles, CA
Tara Branham, Director
Lack of communication is highlighted in this family dramedy when the eldest daughter of the Harkey women returns home from college with her serious girlfriend. Play reading.

Tickets are available through, or call 1 800 838 3006.

Please save the date
Thursday, October 20
for a Pride Films and Plays Very Special Event
in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at
Center on Halsted.
Details will be forthcoming,
but you don't want to miss it!


Pride Films and Plays fosters excellent writing for the stage and screen that speaks not only to the LGBT community, but is essential viewing for our friends, family, and co-workers.

Using stories with gay and lesbian characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops human stories of parenting, marriage, faith, and love that become a cultural bridge to understanding.

Pride Films and Plays, based in Chicago, links an international network of writers with professionals working in film and theater.

Through readings, contests, classes, screenings and full theater productions, PFP engages artists and audiences in the full developmental process needed to make great artistic experiences.

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