Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors at Urbana’s Krannert Center

URBANA — “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Sasha Velour will be performing at Urbana’s Krannert Center on Saturday, Sept. 14. Krannert said on its website that tickets are being offered at no cost to the general public and are available now. Seating will be general admission throughout the venue with a limit of two tickets per patron. Tickets will only be available in-person at the Krannert Center Ticket Office (500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana) and by phone at (217)333-6280 or (800) KRANTIX (572-6849).

Max & Louie Productions present St. Louis premiere of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent”

ST. LOUIS — Winner of numerous awards including an acclaimed Tony-winning run on Broadway, “Indecent” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, is the true story of a groundbreaking scandalous play and the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “Indecent” runs June 20th through June 30th at The Grandel Theatre in the Grand Center Arts District. Visit or call Metrotix (314) 534-1111 for tickets. After a rapturous reception in Europe, Sholem Asch’s drama, “God of Vengeance” debuted on Broadway in 1923 at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America.

StageCo Carbondale holding auditions for ‘The Normal Heart’ this weekend

CARBONDALE — StageCo Carbondale is holding auditions for a staged reading of “The Normal Heart” at First Christian Chruch in Carbondale on Saturday, June 8. “The Normal Heart” is a mostly autobiographical play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. From the Facebook event:
Auditions for The Stage Company’s staged reading production of “The Normal Heart.” When: Saturday June 8th from 2p-5p

Where: First Christian Church
306 W. Monroe St. Carbondale, IL

*Actors are asked to come with some knowledge of the show.

GayCo Productions doing (P)ride (C)omedy (P)arty Pt. II during Chicago Pride Weekend

CHICAGO — GayCo Productions is bringing back their Pride comedy show for a second year with (P)ride (C)omedy (P)arty Pt. II. From GayCo’s press release:
In collaboration with the Russian government, GayCo productions proudly presents the hottest party in town — the Pride Comedy Party Part II! This June, let GayCo Productions launch you back into your carousing days where the world wasn’t so much of a sh%tstorm, as long as you were stuffed full of Pride! It’s as if “Whose Line is it Anyway” had a GAYBY with a frat house.

‘Grindr The Opera (An Unauthorized Parody)’ at Pride Arts Center June 23 – July 28

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.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis announces 2019 free fall programming

ST. LOUIS – The nationally-recognized Shakespeare in the Streets program will highlight the stories of not just one community, but two – Normandy, Missouri and Brussels, Illinois — for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ first urban-rural exchange Sept. 12-14. The performances will be inspired by the Bard’s play, “As You Like It.”

Audiences will choose whether to start in Normandy or Brussels — 45 minutes from one another — where Act One will begin at the same time in both locations.