CHICAGO – Pride Films and Plays will mount a fully staged production this summer of “Grindr The Opera (An Unauthorized Parody)” – the satirical musical about the gay hookup app that changed the landscape of gay relationships. The musical was produced in the UK last year, in an extended, sold-out production at London’s Above the Stag Theatre (the UK’s only full-time professional LGBT+ theater), and won the 2019 Off West End Award (or OFFIE) for “Best New Musical” this past February. “Grindr The Opera,” by New York-based composer-lyricist-playwright Erik Ransom, was an entry in the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival following staged readings in New York in 2015 and 2017 and a full production in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in fall 2017. The Pride Films and Plays production will be directed by John Cardone with choreography, costume design, and co-direction by Shawn Quinlan.
CHICAGO — This one-night-only event will support Pride Films and Plays and Chicago-area AIDS services charities including AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN). For one night only, Pride Arts Center will host a benefit concert presentation of the 1993 AIDS-themed Musical ALL THAT HE WAS. With music by Cindy O’Connor and book and lyrics by Larry Todd (Johnson) Cousineau, this winner of the National Playwright’s Award and the ACTF Musical Theatre Award is a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces of his life can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.
CHICAGO — LezFest, the popular and ever-evolving interdisciplinary program of performance by queer female and non-binary artists, will return for its eighth session on Sunday, December 16. Previously known as SheFest and WeFest, this twice-annual event will include performances by 12 artists in The Broadway theater of the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. LezFest is produced by Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Iris Sowlat and hosted by Lihy Epstein. LezFest touts the talents of Niki Gee, Breyanna McDaniel, Nire Nah, Jessica Martin, Ada Cheng, Khloe Janel, Jyreika Guest, Alexia Jasmene, Jacqui Jaurena, Ren Morris, and Cat Hepler. Tickets are available now at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10348755 or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.
CHICAGO — About Face Youth Theatre and Pride Films and Plays in Chicago will present a 20th anniversary reading of The Laramie Project on Sunday, Nov. 4. The reading will be a fundraiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Tickets are $5 to $20 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets. From the Facebook event:
Jason Gerace directs an ensemble of Chicago’s greatest talents!
CHICAGO — Pride Arts Center has announced a new, monthly LGBTQ film festival in Chicago. Called the Pride Film Festival, it will feature new and independent features, documentaries and shorts the second Tuesday of each month. It kicks off on January 9. This month’s theme will be Issues, Anxieties and Obsessions. Another Day (Rozana) – Directed by Raj Rishi More, India, 11 min.
CHICAGO — Late-Night at the Pride Arts Center announces “26” Friday nights at 11pm, May 26th through July 14th at The Buena Theater inside the Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave. “26” features sketches written by the Chicago theater, sketch and improv community including: Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing, Rachael Mason, Lindsay Bartlett, Derek Van Barham, Becca Brown, Robert Bouwman, Tim Skau, Brittany Vogel, as well as the performing cast. “26” is the debut show as part of Pride Arts Center’s new late-night programming. The cast includes Savannah Cannistraro, Donovan Mullings, Edward Fraim, Amanda Forman, Alyssa Ratkovich, Matthew Lunt, Kallie Rolison and Ross Christian. It is directed by Brian Gore and assistant directed by Allison Heinz.