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Cast Announced for Live Online Reading Of THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE Photo Cast Announced for Live Online Reading Of THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2020

Jonathan Tolins' look at gay life in the 1990s - THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE a?" will be performed via Zoom by a cast of socially-distanced actors on the actual last Sunday of June 2020 a?" the day on which Chicago's Pride Parade was set to take place before its cancellation due to the city and state's COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting large gatherings. Michael Rashid, an ensemble member of Hell in a Handbag, will direct.

Steven Dietz's LONELY PLANET To Kick Off 'Pride In Place' Online Reading Series Photo Steven Dietz's LONELY PLANET To Kick Off 'Pride In Place' Online Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2020

Pride Films and Plays today announced five more live online readings of LGBTQ-themed plays, following its enthusiastically received April 14th reading of Terrence McNally's MOTHERS AND SONS.

Regional Spotlight: How Pride Films and Plays is Working Through The Global Health Cr Photo Regional Spotlight: How Pride Films and Plays is Working Through The Global Health Crisis
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 16, 2020

Today we shine a spotlight on Chicago's Pride Films and Plays with Executive Director David Zak.

Pride Films and Plays Announces 2019-20 Season Photo Pride Films and Plays Announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2019

Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak today announced the remaining productions in the company's 2019-20 season a?" an eclectic mix of LGBTQIA+ themed plays and musicals that will include world, US, and Chicago premieres as well as revivals.

Review: Pride Arts' GRINDR: THE OPERA Worth a Hook Up Photo Review: Pride Arts' GRINDR: THE OPERA Worth a Hook Up
by Misha Davenport - Jun 29, 2019

AFTERGLOW Announces Additional Extension Photo AFTERGLOW Announces Additional Extension
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of AFTERGLOW, S. Asher Gelman's long-running off-Broadway drama, has been extended a second time - this time for an additional eight weeks.

Pride Films and Plays Extends Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW to June 2 Photo Pride Films and Plays Extends Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW to June 2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019

The Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW, an off-Broadway hit from 2017 exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships, will be extended for an additional four weeks to meet demand.

Donterrio Johnson To Direct BUYER & CELLAR For Pride Films And Plays Photo Donterrio Johnson To Direct BUYER & CELLAR For Pride Films And Plays
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

Pride Films and Plays will mount Jonathan Tolin's one-man play BUYER & CELLAR in the Broadway Theater of the Pride Arts Center, according to the company's Executive Director David Zak. The production will be directed by Chicago-based Donterrio Johnson, whose many acting credits include his Jeff Award-winning Judas Iscariot in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR for Theo Ubique and most recently, his role as the Leading Player in Mercury Theater's production of PIPPIN. Johnson has also performed as an actor with Pride Films and Plays, in productions including UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG.

HAMILTON's Jose Maxi Ramos to Headline PFP's SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit Photo HAMILTON's Jose Maxi Ramos to Headline PFP's SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, SIMPLY SENSATIONAL, will feature Chicago native Jose Maxi Ramos, who had played the roles of John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton in the Chicago production of HAMILTON from its opening in September 2016 until late this past summer

Pride Films and Plays to Host Screening of Terrence McNally's Documentary EVERY ACT O Photo Pride Films and Plays to Host Screening of Terrence McNally's Documentary EVERY ACT OF LIFE
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2018

Pride Films and Plays will host the first Chicago screening of the documentary EVERY ACT OF LIFE, a feature-length documentary film by Jeff Kaufman about Terrence McNally, one of theatre's most important and prolific playwrights of the last half-century. EVERY ACT OF LIFE profiles McNally's pioneering five-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for LGBT rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age. The 93-minute film features Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Edie Falco, Christine Baranski, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, and many more artists who have worked with McNally over his career.

Pride Films and Plays Announces WE ARE FAMILY Season Kick-Off Party Photo Pride Films and Plays Announces WE ARE FAMILY Season Kick-Off Party
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2018

Pride Films and Plays will host a party saluting its upcoming 2018-19 five-show season on August 13 at My Buddy's, 4416 N. Clark (at Montrose), beginning at 7 pm. The event will include a meet and greet with Pride Films and Plays artists, including Artistic Director Nelson A. Rodriguez and the other directors of the five plays.

Pride Films And Plays' Announces Changes to F**KING MEN Schedule of Performances Photo Pride Films And Plays' Announces Changes to F**KING MEN Schedule of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' has announced two changes to the performance schedule of its production of Joe DiPietro's FUCKING MEN, playing now through August 26.

Pride Films and Plays to Produce a Five-Play Summer Repertory Photo Pride Films and Plays to Produce a Five-Play Summer Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

Pride Films and Plays will fill the three months between its 2017-18 season and its already announced 2018-19 season with a five-play summer repertory of fully staged plays, according to an announcement today by company Executive Director David Zak. The summer rep, called "PAC Pride Fest," will include a world premiere, a US premiere, a Chicago premiere, a British drama that made Laurence Olivier an American stage star, and a new production of Joe DiPietro's comedy-drama FUCKING MEN.

Pride Films and Plays Announces a Fve-Show Season for 2018-19 Photo Pride Films and Plays Announces a Fve-Show Season for 2018-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

For 2018-19, its second full season in its home at the two-stage Pride Arts Center, Pride Films and Plays will expand to a five-show season, up from the four-show schedule of 2017-18. Artistic Director Nelson A. Rodriguez today announced the company's lineup of four plays and one musical under the theme "We Are Family."

Pride Films And Plays' HIS GREATNESS To Be Performed At International Dublin Gay Play Photo Pride Films And Plays' HIS GREATNESS To Be Performed At International Dublin Gay Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's HIS GREATNESS - inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams - will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival, to be held May 7-20, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play from May 14 - 19, with two performances on May 19th. In MacIvor's play, a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver as the playwright is about to premiere a new play that he hopes will reinvigorate his career. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving.  Danne W. Taylor will repeat his role as "The Playwright," Andrew Kain Miller will return as "The Assistant" and Whitman Johnson will again play "The Young Man." Pride Films and Plays' Executive Director David Zak is again directing the play for this remount. 

Pride Films And Plays' YANK! Extends to 3/18 Photo Pride Films And Plays' YANK! Extends to 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story will be extended by four weeks due to audience demand. David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays, announced the extension today. The hit off-Broadway musical, which opened to the press in Chicago on January 18, is the story of a midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier in his squad and is later introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Zak directs the musical, with Robert Ollis providing musical direction and Jenna Schoppe choreography.

Photo Flash: Flying Elephant Productions Stages Anti-Trump Musical WE THE PEOPLE Photo Photo Flash: Flying Elephant Productions Stages Anti-Trump Musical WE THE PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles. WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 - February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at stage773.com, by calling (773) 327-5252 or in person at the Stage 773 box office. The press opening is Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8 pm.

Flying Elephant Productions to Launch Inaugural Season with 'WE THE PEOPLE' at Stage  Photo Flying Elephant Productions to Launch Inaugural Season with 'WE THE PEOPLE' at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions has announced its inaugural season, launching this winter with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political song cycle about the 2016 election, which takes audiences from the conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of Trump's America and finally, a call to action from We The People.

Pride Films and Plays Stages a Must-See Romance with YANK! Photo Pride Films and Plays Stages a Must-See Romance with YANK!
by Misha Davenport - Jan 20, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago Premiere of YANK! A Romantic Must-See

Photo Flash: Chicago Premiere of YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY Photo Photo Flash: Chicago Premiere of YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY is the story of a midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. David Zak is directing the musical, with Robert Ollis providing musical direction and Jenna Schoppe choreography.

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