Southern Comfort

Produced by Pride Films and Plays at Pride Arts Center in Chicago, IL

"In SOUTHERN COMFORT, Robert, a transgender man living in rural Georgia among his chosen family of mostly transgender friends, has one final wish after receiving life-altering news. He wishes to make it to the annual Southern Comfort Transgender Conference he has attended with his friends for years, so he can dance at the ball with his newly-discovered love, Lola. While Robert attempts to live his life as fully as possible surrounded by those he loves, his friends struggle to process what will inevitably come. This heartwarming musical with a lush folk/bluegrass score is based on the award-winning 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary of the same title." - Theatre in Chicago

Afterglow

Produced by Pride Films and Plays at Pride Arts Center in Chicago, IL

"AFTERGLOW is a raw 90-minute play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night.  When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged." - Pride Films and Plays

Buyer and Cellar

Produced by Pride Films and Plays at Pride

Arts Center in Chicago, IL.

Starring Emmy Award Winner, Scott Gryder

"BUYER & CELLAR is a comedy about Alex More, a struggling actor who takes a job managing a make-believe shopping mall in Barbra Streisand's basement. It was a 2013 off-Broadway hit, running for 13 months at the Barrow Street Theatre immediately after its sold-out world premiere at the Rattlestick Theatre. A national tour starring Michael Urie played Chicago for six weeks in 2014. It has been performed in many countries around the world since then." - Theatre in Chicago

Sweet Texas Reckoning

Presented by Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

"In Traci Godfrey's comedy, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING, Ellie is a lonely, bigoted alcoholic living in the small southeast Texas town of Sealy. She's welcoming home her daughter Kate, now living in New York City, back for a visit. Ellie has hopes Kate will reconnect with and even marry Kate's childhood sweetheart Alan John. Imagine Ellie's surprise when Kate visits with her beautiful, African-American wife, Samantha. SWEET TEXAS RECKONING was the First Place Winner of the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest, the Artemisia Fall Festival 2016, and the Playwriting Contest of Panndora Productions in Long Beach, California, who produced the play's world premiere in 2016." - Theatre in Chicago

Sweet Texas Reckoning

Presented by Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

"In Traci Godfrey's comedy, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING, Ellie is a lonely, bigoted alcoholic living in the small southeast Texas town of Sealy. She's welcoming home her daughter Kate, now living in New York City, back for a visit. Ellie has hopes Kate will reconnect with and even marry Kate's childhood sweetheart Alan John. Imagine Ellie's surprise when Kate visits with her beautiful, African-American wife, Samantha. SWEET TEXAS RECKONING was the First Place Winner of the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest, the Artemisia Fall Festival 2016, and the Playwriting Contest of Panndora Productions in Long Beach, California, who produced the play's world premiere in 2016." - Theatre in Chicago

Sweet Texas Reckoning

Presented by Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

"In Traci Godfrey's comedy, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING, Ellie is a lonely, bigoted alcoholic living in the small southeast Texas town of Sealy. She's welcoming home her daughter Kate, now living in New York City, back for a visit. Ellie has hopes Kate will reconnect with and even marry Kate's childhood sweetheart Alan John. Imagine Ellie's surprise when Kate visits with her beautiful, African-American wife, Samantha. SWEET TEXAS RECKONING was the First Place Winner of the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest, the Artemisia Fall Festival 2016, and the Playwriting Contest of Panndora Productions in Long Beach, California, who produced the play's world premiere in 2016." - Theatre in Chicago

Grindr: The Opera

Produced by Pride Films and Plays at Pride

Arts Center in Chicago, IL.

"GRINDR THE OPERA puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, GRINDR THE OPERA Opera is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: GRINDR." - Theatre in Chicago

A Man of No Importance

Produced by Pride Films and Plays at Pride

Arts Center in Chicago, IL.

"Pride Films and Plays will stage the first Chicago production in more than a decade of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, the heartwarming musical created by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally, the team that wrote RAGTIME and ANASTASIA. A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is based on a 1994 film starring Albert Finney as a Dublin bus conductor and features a gorgeous Irish-influenced score. Donterrio Johnson, the Jeff award-winning actor who directed PFP’s BUYER AND CELLAR earlier this year and recently appeared in THE SPITFIRE GRILL with American Blues Theater, will direct. Music direction is by Robert Ollis, who most recently music directed SOUTHERN COMFORT for Pride Films and Plays and was a 2019 Jeff nominee for his music direction of HAYMARKET: A NEW FOLK MUSICAL. Ollis was Music Director for the 2008 production of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, which earned five Jeff Award nominations for Bailiwick Repertory." - Pride Films and Plays

The Suffrage Plays

Presented by Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

"An evening of three one-act plays from the Suffrage Theatre, which was active from 1907 -1914 and a vital element of the British Womens Suffrage Movement. A CHAT WITH MRS. CHICKY is a conversation between a haughty upper-class woman and a suffragette charwoman. In MISS APPLEYARDS AWAKENING, an anti-suffragette activist sees the flaws in her thinking through a conversation with someone who shares her views. George Bernard Shaws 1909 PRESS CUTTINGS is a farcical comedy that ridicules the arguments of the anti-suffrage movement." - Broadwayworld.com

The Christmas Foundling

Presented by Pride Films and Plays at The Pride Arts Center in Chicago, IL.

When a baby boy is orphaned in the California Sierras on Christmas Eve, 1850, two curmudgeonly miners agree to raise him. A decade later, the boy’s idyllic life is interrupted by the arrival of a meddling aunt, who intends to take him back to Boston for a formal education and a life of success. Inspired by the stories of Bret Harte, The Christmas Foundling is a heartwarming holiday tale, with the love of a child at its center and an unlikely romance as its driving force. - Chicago Plays