Category Archives: Theater in Chicago

Margaret Cho in Chicago Oct 3rd

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I’m so thrilled to announce

that I will be back out on the road with an amazing new show this fall!

This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.

It makes me so crazy – hence the title: “THE PSYCHO TOUR” because there is no “I” in team but there is a “CHO” in psycho”. I’m trying to bring some joy to the hysteria and insanity. It’s great when you can take something that’s very tragic and turn it around. That’s what I am doing! Please join me in the madness!

The tour kicks  off  10/1 and comes to
Chicago @ Chicago Theatre  10/3.   GET TICKETS HERE.

 

AND CHECK THIS OUT…

I’m excited to announce the #MarryMeMargaret campaign!

I want to marry YOU – well, sort of, I want to get you two crazy kids onstage during my PsyCHO Tour which starts October 1 and I will serve as your officiant. Don’t worry I’m licensed to do so. Just imagine, by the power vested in me, you as willing participants will have a chance to unite your love officially onstage in front of hundreds of strangers.

Here’s how to enter:

Qualified participants must submit a homemade video between 0:15-0:30 seconds prior to the closing date for the show in their respective city. You must be present in the city in which you want to be married and be present on
show date. The homemade video must answer the question: “Why I want you to #MarryMeMargaret.”

Each video (hereinafter “Submission” or “Entry”) must be uploaded to one of the Cho Sites and comply with the terms of conditions of the relevant site that the Entry is uploaded to.

Each Entry must use hashtag #MarryMeMargaret and Participant must tag their partner in the Entry and @MargaretCho in each Submission.

Each Entry may not be profane, offensive, pornographic, defamatory or inappropriate as determined by Sponsor (Sorry!).

And there’s even more rules…

Chicago Center on Halsted Events

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Something for everyone  at  CENTER  ON HALSTED  in  the upcoming weeks!

Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and PlaysAugust 17th, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays

Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.”

7:00PM-7:30PM

Mix and mingle with PFP & COH staff and the program’s artists

7:30PM-9:00PM

Performances including a sneak peak of Design for Living, a talk from author Rick Kinnebrew about his new play Ten Dollar House, music from James Nedrud, performance artist Katherine Hawbaker-Krohn, one of our favorite short films from the Queer Bits Short Film Fest, songs from The Boy From Oz, PFP’s current smash hit!

You don’t want to miss this evening of arts and entertainment as we get to know one of Chicago’s great theater companies!

For more information on Pride Films and Plays, please visit:

http://pridefilmsandplays.com/

Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series gives you a chance to spend an evening with some of Chicago’s most creative people and organizations.  Each event highlights the Windy City’s vibrant arts scene – from music and dance to literature and theater.  Join us as we take a closer look at the creators and leaders of Chicago’s cultural landscape.

FREE

Register & reserve your seat by clicking the following link:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/PrideFilms

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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay StoryAugust 22nd & 23rd, 2015

A solo show, written and performed by Javier Rivera*, remounted specifically for Center on Halsted, following a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC

*Winner of 2014 Best Actor Award at United Solo

 

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna.

 

Follow the coming of age story of Javier, a young Puerto Rican man, as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM

Sunday, August 23rd @ 3:00PM 

$10.00 (Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door prior to performance – cash only!)

*All profits will go to Center on Halsted, helping to support future events like this one!

 

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Saturday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina22

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Sunday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina23

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3rd Annual Feel Good Health FairAugust 29th, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

On Saturday August 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host its 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Feel Good Fair will be hosted in the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall and Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted. This year the fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking demonstrations.

 

The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.

 

The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

 

*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided – if possible, please supply your own

It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by visiting the link below:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGood

 



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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar

mc Pandora Boxx officiates

 

sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm

coh rooftop & indoors

 

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar

feat. our one-two rum punch

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

 

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Pride Films & Plays: LezFestSeptember 11th – 13th, 2015

 

More details to come!  Check back soon!

 

Queer Clothing SwapSeptember 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!

This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!

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About Face Theatre Fundraising

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For the last two decades, About Face Theatre has been committed to giving a voice to stories that express the diverse, complex, emotional lives of the LGBTQIA community. In that time, you’ve filled our theatres, contributed to our fundraising campaigns, volunteered your time and otherwise expressed your support for our vision and for that we are so grateful.  Without you, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today!

 

This summer, we close out a star-studded 19th year of rave reviews, Jeff recommendations and sold out houses.  As we set our sights on a momentous 20th season, we invite you to renew your commitment to presenting adventurous LGBTQIA theatre by joining us as a 20th season donor!

 

Boy Toy’s Male Burlesque August 14th

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Boy Toy’s Pocket Cabaret is a Male burlesque and variety show.

With a sensual but upbeat theme and performers from all genres of entertainment industry, no two shows will be alike!

Having started at the beginning of 2014, Jimmie Swagger (the “Boy Toy” of burlesque) brings a unique flavor to the art of boylesque. Jimmie has performed in cities all over the US, and brings some additional acrobatic and contorting experience to the Chicagoland area, Jimmie guest spots in local shows and produces his semi monthly show Boy Toy’s Pocket Cabaret.

Come join them the second and fourth Fridays of every month at 8PM to see a male dominated cast of circus performers, live singers, boylesque performers, comedians, and much more!  (At  Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640).

Check out boytoyspocketcabaret.com for information on individual show dates!

GET TICKETS  IN ADVANCE  AND SAVE!

Cirque du Soleil in Chicago this Month

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THEY’RE BACK!

Cirque du Soleil  returned to Chicago this week  with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.  Now through  September 20th!

The stage is magical  and  the acts amazing, as always!

The stage moves and turns, giving everyone unique views, no matter where are you seated. The shows mixes vaudeville, Broadway, aerial stunts, and old world charm in an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

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Of course, my favorite act  was the “Siamese twins” hanging in the air from straps are separated at last when they fly high above the stage in a series of acrobatic figures, sometimes as a pair, sometimes solo. The two artists soar to impressive heights and crisscross above the stage while performing synchronized figures that require flawless timing.  (ABOVE). – Reminded me of the sexy Atherton Twins from the Varakai show….

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The show was filled  with a huge cast of talent. A group of 13 artists perform spectacular sequences of perfectly synchronized acrobatics and human pyramids that showcase the amazing agility of the human body. In addition to standing three and four high on each other’s shoulders, the artists take off, somersault and crisscross in the air on three levels: the ground, a monolith positioned centre-stage, and in the audience.

Whether you have seen Cirque before  or not – this show  will  wow you!

GET TICKETS

Matt Yee in Chicago September 3rd

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Matt Yee’s

OUTRAGEOUS ADULT SING ALONG SHOW 2015!

Hits Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret for one nite only!

Thursday September 3, 2015. 8pm

 

 

Matt Yee, that wonderfully funny Entertainer, Artist, Comedian from Hawaii, & evidence that “Asian Men Are Huge” brings his “Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show 2015!” to Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret.  Madness, Tiaras and Boas will be flying!  And expect to sing and laugh your way into the Labor Day weekend.  Matt’s shows all over the country sell out, so get your tix now!  You may have seen his standing room only shows on Atlantis Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises where he’s been a Signature Entertainer for over 14 years.  For more info, including Matt’s duet with Frozen/Wicked/Glee star Idina Menzel and video with Broadway’s Chita Rivera, please visit www.mattyee.com

 

Advance discount tix available NOW

Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret

1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue     Chicago, IL60622     (773) 278-1830

 

Tix are only $20 plus $3 paypal fee (still cheaper than paying at the door, if available) Plus you’ll have tix while the other poor schmucks might not get in if we sell out!   All the details are on the link including directions, etc.

 

Ages 21 and older invited.

 

“Go see Matt Yee!” Idina Menzel

 

“Utterly infectious. Any shyness you have about singing in public will be wiped out by Yee’s overwhelming tsunami of silliness. You will sing. You will dance. You will make synchronized hand gestures…” SF Agenda/Passport Magazine

 

“I love Matt Yee”  Chita Rivera & Patti Lupone

 

see more:

www.mattyee.com
www.facebook.com/mattyeefanclub
www.facebook.com/matt.yee.31
www.linkedin.com/in/mattyee
twitter: @mattyee
Itunes: matt yee

Cirque Du Soleil Returns to Chicago

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Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top August 6 – September 20th at the United Center Parking Lot K. Tickets starting at $35. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios now for tickets.

Want to go for FREE?   We’re  giving  away  2  pairs of tickets – for the August 11th show!  Leave me a comment  below  and we’ll have a random  drawing  On August  1st!

Bette at the Continental Baths!

 

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On the heels of its hit production Miracle!Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 2015-16 season with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the legendary Bette Midler starring Caitlin Jackson, directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow.  BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS will play July 17 – August 21, 2015 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.  The press opening is Saturday, July 18 at 8 pm.

 

Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M’s legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler’s stellar career will feature the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-ChooSuperstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette’s inimitable style. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary’s Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels… and steam… lots of steam.

 

The production team for BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS includes: Zachary Gipson (set design), Kate Setzer Kampausen (costume design), Mikey Moran (sound design), Mealah Heidenreich (props design) and Jacqueline Widman (stage manager).

 

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Title: BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS

Director/Choreographer: Christopher Pazdernik

Music Director: Jeremy Ramey

Cast: Caitlin Jackson as Bette Midler and Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow with Adam Fane and TJ Crawford as The Bathhouse Boys.

 

Location: Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago

Dates: Previews:  Friday, July 17 at 8 pm

Press performanceSaturday, July 18 at 8 pm

Regular run Friday, July 24 – Friday, August 21, 2015

Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm.  Please note: there will not be performances on Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 22.  There will be added performances on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday, August 20 at 8 pm.

Tickets: Preview: $12. Regular run: $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Limited VIP reserved seating with drink $35. Big Gay Group Rate: $16 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.

KURIOS from Cirque du Soleil August

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It’s back!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO CHICAGO THIS SUMMER
WITH KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, the new touring production will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at United Center beginning August 6, 2015

TICKETS, STARTING AT $35, NOW ON SALE!

It’s been  too long!   Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison Street, August 6 – September 20, 2015.

Cabinet of Curiosities premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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  • Costume credit : Philippe Guillotel

 

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Tickets are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $35 – $145.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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Peter Allen is Boy from OZ

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Pride Films and Plays is very excited to be back at Stage 773 for the Chicago Premiere of The Boy From Oz, the Broadway musical that tells the boisterous yet heart-warming true story of a Australian song-writer Peter Allen who ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.

Directed by multiple Jeff Award Winner David Zak, with musical direction by Jeff Award Winner Robert Ollis, and choreography by Cameron Turner, The Boy From Oz is sensational in every way! Chris Logan plays Peter Allen, with Nancy Hays as Judy, and Michelle Lauto as Liza. PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Michelle McKenzie-Voigt is Peter’s mother Marion, and 13-year-old Garret Hershey is Peter’s younger self.

Get a sneak peek at the first rehearsal of Boy From Oz here, and order tickets today!

The score features Allen’s most moving and exuberant songs including the Oscar winning ‘The Best That You Can Do,’ plus ‘Quiet Please,’ I’d Rather Leave When I’m In Love,’ ‘Love Don’t Need A Reason,’ and the international smash hit ‘I Honestly Love You.’

The Boy From Oz runs August 5 to 30, and is one part of an exciting series of works presented by Pride Films and Plays.   TICKETS  start  at  $20!
The Boy from Oz performances take place at
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

Abraham Lincoln was a Faggot

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About Face Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of

ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS
A     F*GG*T

JUNE 5TH thru JULY 5TH
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p | Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3:00p  @ The Greenhouse Theater Center

The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-infused quest as 17 year old Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now.

Grab your tickets early – Previews start June 5th!
Follow the hashtag #ALWAF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for behind-the-scenes content and Abe-inspired fun!  This week, learn what this vintage book has to do with the play’s saucy title (and why it’s not called ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A GAY GUY.)

Hell in a Handbag’s MIRACLE! by Dan Savage

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Hell in a Handbag Productions    Presents 

Midwest Premiere of

        MIRACLE!

        By Dan Savage

Directed by Derek Van Barham

May 14 – July 10, 2015 at Mary’s Attic

(PHOTO left to right) Jamie SmithDavid CerdaEd Jones and Kristopher Bottrall in a publicity image for Hell in a Handbag Productions’ Chicago premiere of MIRACLE! by Dan Savage, directed by Derek Van Barham. Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios.

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to kick-off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of MIRACLE!, the wickedly funny parody of The Miracle Worker as reimagined by Dan Savage, one of the country’s leading writers/speakers/podcasters on sex, sexuality and GLBTQ issues, and directed by Derek Van BarhamMIRACLE! will play May 14 – July 10, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.

 

Miracle will feature Kristopher BottrallDavid CerdaLaura ColemanSydney GencoRachel HadlockCaitlin JacksonEd JonesElizabeth LesinskiSteve LoveJoshua PetersonJamie Smith and Christopher Young.

 

MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father – Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family – crazy as hell.  When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.

The production team for MIRACLE! includes: Zachary Gipson (set design), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Mikey Moran (sound design), Jacob Christopher Green (wig designer), Mealah Heidenreich (props design) and Victoria Rector (stage manager).

Black Ensemble Theater Limelight Series

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From the Center on Halsted:

“As we expand our cultural programming here at Center on Halsted, we are excited to continue our Limelight Series with the next arts icon: The Black Ensemble Theater.

 

We hope you’ll consider joining us at this FREE event , APRIL 28th, as we celebrate this theater’s amazing contribution to the vibrant arts scene that Chicago has to offer.  Just click the image to learn more and to register!

 

Feel free to share with friends – and please keep an eye out for future Limelight and cultural events here at the Center.

FIRST DATE Brunch at Kit Kat

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First dates, whether fun or fearsome, always make for a great story.

“First Date,” a new musical comedy playing at Chicago’s Royal George Cabaret, will be the theme brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club on Sunday, April 12.  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kit Kat’s Diva Madam X will be joined by “First Date” cast members for a musical meal like no other.

A raffle will be held awarding tickets to see “First Date” and mixologists will be shaking up “First Date” martinis (Pinnacle Citrus vodka, lychee liqueur, lemon juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, agave nectar, splash of lemonade, splash of champagne and a lemon squeeze, $7).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Chilaquiles and more, while sipping build-your-own bloody marys and mimosas ($14.95). For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

About The Show
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613 
773-525-1111
Kitkatchicago.com

WARHOL Wonka Ball April 10

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame at About Face Theatre’s annual gala WONKA BALL:

WARHOL, where guests are invited to step into Warhol’s infamous factory for one night only. This year’s highly-anticipated soiree takes place Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago.

WONKA BALL:

WARHOL will celebrate the pop art icon and his cadre of superstars, celebrities and subjects. Guests are invited to experience live, Warhol-inspired art-making by Matthew Lew, JoJo Baby and Edgewater Workbench, short experimental films by Warhol and contemporary Chicago filmmakers, a punch-out prize wall, a photo booth and more. Guests will also enjoy fantastic food with catering by Wolfgang Puck, delicious drinks and stellar silent and live auctions, including a three-night stay in Key West.

Join Chicago’s celebrated center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally arts (LGBTQIA) as it celebrates its 19th year on this unforgettable evening. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.
VIP Cocktail Reception

Join About Face for an exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 7 pm, guests will enjoy early access to the venue, specialty cocktails, an exclusive raffle with complimentary raffle tickets, culinary treats, live entertainment and a VIP gift bag. The reception will be hosted by the evening’s honorary co-chairs and members of the AFT Board of Directors.

 

WONKA BALL: WARHOL Honorary Co-Chairs include AFT Artistic Associate Precious DavisJohn Dalton and Kristen Kaza.

 

Proceeds from WONKA BALL: WARHOL will support About Face Theatre’s award-winning mainstage programming, new play development series and nationally-recognized educational program. Since 1995, About Face has created exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity and have entertained and challenged audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world. Support from Wonka Ball enables About Face to thrive as Chicago’s celebrated center for LGBTQIA arts; an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: WONKA BALL: WARHOL

Date: Friday, April 10 from 8 pm – 11 pm;  VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location: Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago

Tickets: General admission: $150 (Early Bird Special $125 through March 13, 2015). VIP Cocktail Reception: $200 (Early Bird Special $175 through March 13, 2015). Additional sponsorship packages are available. Tickets currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.

 

THE SPONSORS

Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering. Liquor: AbsolutAngels EnvyGoose Island and Sidetrack. Event furniture: Cort. Photo booth: Red Weddings. Restaurant Partners: Wow BaoGarrett PopcornHamburger Mary’sCabot CheeseInsomnia CookiesYo Soy!, Swirlz Cupcakes, Mariano’sRique’s ChicagomEATDS Tequila and Do-Rite Donuts. Key West vacation: Historic Key West Inns.

 

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.

GLASS PROTEGE in Chicago!

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EVERYONE IS TALKING about Glass Protege!

During Previews the show was given  TWO    5 STAR   Reviews!

Hollywood, 1949 — a Golden Age of cinema, yes, but also a time when stifling restraints kept actors under oppressive control. An era when movies were king and their stars were pawns. The Glass Protege tells the story of Patrick Glass, a naive young actor who embarks on a scandalous gay love affair and is shocked to discover the true power the studio system has over his career and his life. This powerful drama exposes the underbelly of the Hollywood machine, picking up on the story 40 years later to shed light on previously murky truths as the consequences of Glass’ “unacceptable” romance are explored. Giant Cherry Productions invites you to step back into a time of glitz, glamour, passion and exploitation when The Glass Protege takes to the stage of Theater Wit.

Through March 29th!

Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60640

773-975-8150

Written by Dylan Costello.
Directed by John Nasca.
Produced by Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions
CAST

Chazie Bly as Patrick
Baird Brutscher as Jackson
Chris Carpenter as Lloyd
Tom Chiola as Pat
Tracey Green as Ava
Chasen Hunter as George
Michelle McKenzie-Voigt as Nella
Britt-Marie Sivertsen as Candice

Don’t Tell Mama February 24th

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“Don’t Tell Mama” Opens Tuesday Night, FEBRUARY 24th!!!

Reserved Tickets Almost Sold Out, Get Your Tickets Today!!

Join Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus this Tuesday night, February 24th, at Laugh Factory for the opening of “Don’t Tell Mama”. The show features 30 CGMC cast members bringing to you the hit music of Kander & Ebb—from Cabaret to Chicago, and more.

Tickets still available online. Door sales will be available, but prices go up $5 per section. So grab yours today. 

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Chicago House THE TEASE Feb 28th

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Nadine DuBois is a commanding addition to this year’s production of The Tease. Renowned for her masterful ability to transform shows into a “more cohesive and pure slice of burlesque,” DuBois will provide a “glamorous framework for The Tease‘s incredible cast of artists.”

Hailing from Minneapolis, DuBois laces a glimmer of sexuality into her Minnesota-nice demeanor. She brings experience performing throughout the Twin Cities in large theatrical productions such as Grown and Sexy PRIDE, which every year features a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and in big-stage shows that have toured across New Zealand and Australia with Chicago burlesque artists Jett Adore, Bazuka Joe and Ray Gunn. DuBois has also made appearances in venues such as Chicago’s Subterranean and Music Box Theatre.

For DuBois, burlesque is truly an innocent, fun and freeing experience. “When I’m on stage, it’s the most present I ever am.”

This love affair started one hot summer night in Minneapolis when DuBois walked past an unnamed bar. Inside, she saw mystic artists who looked like they truly belonged. Trained as a singer, DuBois sought the perfect platform from which to share her talent, but she had yet to find the right fit. On this warm night in 2003, Nadine DuBois fell in love.

From there grew the persona that DuBois describes as “comedic in a real way.” Opening shows with the question, Have you ever been to a burlesque show before?, DuBois channels the audience’s nervous energy into her comedy. She responds suggestively to those new to the art form, eager to pop the cherries of burlesque virgins around the world.

This month, DuBois will host The Tease. Tying together performances by aerialists, dancers, jugglers and contortionists, DuBois will provide the scaffolding for The Tease’s portrayal of the turmoil of love. As a fierce ally to the communities Chicago House serves, Nadine DuBois intends for her performance to “highlight and encourage the powerful compassion and immense resources that Chicago House provides for its clients.”

  Two shows  7:30  and  10:30!!!  Saturday  Feb. 28th!

Buy tickets to this year’s production of The Tease on our website or by calling 773.248.5200 x 304.

Nick Offerman Megan Mullally Chicago

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For their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, actor-comedian power couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally plan to dissect their marriage through song, comedy and “heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.” The duo’s 23-date tour stops in Chicago MAY 7th @ Chicago Theatre.

Mullally is best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of prescription-drugged socialite Karen Walker on Will & Grace. Mullally also is a Broadway star, one half of a musical duo Nancy and Beth (with Friday Night Lights‘ Stephanie Hunt), and scene-stealing star of the late greats Party Down and Children’s Hospital (she also portrays Swanson’s sex-vampire ex-wife Tammy).

Tickets  are  $59-$300!

 

Chicago Theatre Week 2015

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Chicago Theatre Week 2015 is a celebration of Chicago’s world-class theatre scene. Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week is returning for its third year and will take place February 12-22, 2015.

This month, visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings throughout Chicago.

February 12-22, 2015
$15 and $30 tickets (or less!)

Tickets are now on sale – Browse the participating productions  HERE and try searching by genre, date, or neighborhood.

Remember, with over 250 professional theatre companies in Chicago and great deals at Hot Tix, Chicago Theatre Week is just the start of your theatre adventures! Chicago theatres are a vital part of the neighborhood landscape year-round, offering top-notch musicals, new works, classics, and more — housed in spaces ranging from renowned downtown theatres to the unique, raw, and intimate settings of Chicago’s storefront stages.

Wonka Ball 2015 WARHOL

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In 1968, Andy Warhol proclaimed:
“In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.“

In 2015, About Face Theatre proclaims:
“It is the future and everyone can be Andy Warhol” at…

WONKA BALL: WARHOL

Named as one of Chicago’s top theatre, dance, and music events for the 5th year in a row, WONKA BALL: WARHOL will celebrate the Pop Art icon and his cadre of superstars, celebrities and subjects.

Guests will experience live, Warhol-inspired art-making and performances, plus fantastic food, delicious drinks, music and a stellar silent and live auction for which Wonka Ball itself has become famous.

Get your discounted Early Bird tickets now and support About Face Theatre, Chicago’s premiere center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally arts (LGBTQIA) as we celebrate our 19th year and party like superstars!

Early bird tickets available through March 13th ONLY!

A Kid Like Jake – Chicago Premiere

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Why Can’t A Boy

be A Princess?

“[A] smart, fluent drama…Pearle has found an intriguing subject of real currency, and one that stirs our natural sympathy.”
—New York Times.
Relevant and compelling –
A KID LIKE JAKE
begins previews in only 16 days!

The Chicago Premiere of     A KID LIKE JAKE
Written by Daniel Pearle |  Directed by Keira Fromm

FEBRUARY 6th thru MARCH 15th
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p
Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 3:00p

Discounted PREVIEW TICKETS are still available, but they won’t be for long! Be among the first to see A KID LIKE JAKE – grab yours today.

Alex and Greg’s intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan’s top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake’s behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.

 

PREVIEWS: Adults $20 | Students + Seniors $10
Adults $35 | Students + Seniors $20


The Greenhouse Theater Center 
2257 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre

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Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre
                                         STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY
Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.

In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting an OUT FRONT Series performance entitled STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY, a narrative, theatrical work in progress about youth, seniors and the gaps in between that explores the intergenerational sense of isolation in the LGBTQ community. The piece, led by About Face Theatre Artistic Associate, Kelli Simpkins, uses a collection of 50 interviews conducted over a five month period with intergenerational members of the Chicago LGBTQIA community and those advocating for youth and seniors.

Bruce is one of the dozens interviewed for the project and weighed in on the problem of loneliness in the LGBTQ community.

“As a psychotherapist and social service professional,” he said, “I hear the lament of loneliness almost as much from today’s LGBTQ young people as I did from my own generation. In spite of all the progress we’ve made toward securing our rights, the truth is that many LGBTQ youth continue to experience rejection, ostracism, harassment and violence that is fueled by homophobia.”

Kyla, another interviewee, believes this piece is poised to be inspirational and an agent for change.

“I want this [project] to turn apathetic people outside of the community into spokespeople for what the new idea of normal really is,” she said. “To be normal is to be true to yourself. [This project has the potential to] strengthen the existing community and provide common ground for youth and elders despite differences.”

Eric, who was also interviewed, agrees and sees conversation as integral to bridging community. In his experience, “life continues on, love always has a way to find you, and community will always back you up in times of strain.”

Center on Halsted and About Face Theatre invite you to join us in community, learn from our collective experiences, and combat loneliness in OUT FRONT: STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY.\

$10  suggested   donation

January 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
January 25th @3:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted
Reserve your seats today 

Book of Merman in Chicago

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I love the fact that Chicago is like a mini New York. So many choices for dining, shopping and entertainment.  There must be close to 100  theatre choices, on any given week.

NEW THIS WEEK, Pride Films and Plays launches The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015  (17th is SOLD OUT) at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark Street.

 When two Mormons ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door.

With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Starring : Sam Button-Harrison, Dan Gold and  Libby Lane.

Jeff Award-winner David Zak* directs, with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis* music directing. Costumes are by Raquel Adorno*. Understudies are Parker Guidry and Edward Fraim*.

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We got a sneak peak last night, and the play is funny, the talent and singing is top notch, and the story is extremely entertaining!

 

  • Regular performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5:00 through February 15th.

  • Tickets $25 . Students and Seniors can save $5 per ticket. Ten Premium tickets with prime reserved seating for each performance are $30.

  • Performances are at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.

  • Purchase below or online at brownpapertickets.com or call 1800 838 3006.

  • Pride Films and Plays offers subscriptions and memberships for 2014-15 for even greater savings.

 

GLASS PROTEGE in Chicago

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Hollywood, 1949.

A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses.

A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed.

So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio’s career-destroying muscle.

Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this “unacceptable” romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed “Hollywood machine.”


 

Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions

presents the U.S. premiere of

The Glass Protégé

Written by Dylan Costello with direction by John Nasca

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Ilinois 60657

www.theaterwit.org

Previews February 20 and 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm and February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Closes March 29, 2015


Featuring: David Besky, Chazie Bly, Baird Brutscher, Christopher Carpenter, Tom Chiola, Tracey Green, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, and Britt-Marie Sivertsen.

Playwright Dylan Costello is a passionate advocate and supporter of LGBT rights which led him to form his LGBT-focused production company Giant Cherry Productions, through which he and his team drive forward their manifesto ofproducing theatre, film and TV works which represent and feature LGBT people in a positive way.

Dylan believes it is vitally important for the gay community to see itself represented on film, stage and television.

Issues are universal, regardless of sexuality. We are all human beings who all live, love and lose just like everyone else. We have love stories; we have tragedies. Sexuality shouldn’t be an issue. So it’s always appealing to see plays, movies, TV shows where characters have the same problems as everyone else – and they just happen to be gay.

The Glass Protégé premiered for a five-week run in London, England in 2010 under its original title Secret Boulevard and was a huge hit. To this day, it still stands as the most successful production ever staged at London’s Courtyard Theatre. After its run in Chicago, the play will return to London for a new four-week run at the Park Theatre.

Dylan is proud to be a gay man, is a gay dad to a wonderful daughter and resides happily in London with his partner.

The BOOK OF MERMAN

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Sam Button-Harrison and Dan Gold join Libby Lane in

THE BOOK OF MERMAN

A World Premiere opening January 17, 2015 at Mary’s Attic

 

Pride Films and Plays announces that Sam Button-Harrison* and Dan Gold join Libby Lane* as the cast of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark Street.

When two young missionaries ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Jeff Award-winner David Zak* directs, with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis* music directing. Costumes are by Raquel Adorno*.  Understudies are Parker Guidry and Edward Fraim*.

 

Details: The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz, directed by David Zak, musical direction by Robert Ollis, and featuring Libby Lane as Ethel Merman.

  • Previews January 15 and 16, 2015 at 7:30
  • Regular performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5:00 through February 15th.
  • Tickets $15 for previews and $25 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Students and Seniors can save $5 per ticket. Ten Premium tickets with prime reserved seating for each performance are $30.
  • Performances are at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.
  • Purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/867656 or call 1800 838 3006.
  • Pride Films and Plays offers subscriptions and memberships for 2014-15 for even greater savings.

Topher Payne’s dark comedy ‘Angry Fags’

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Pride Films and Plays is doing a play called Angry Fags. It’s a Chicago premiere written by Topher Payne.

It will be performed in Spring 2015 in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Repertory produced by Pride Films and Plays.

It’s funny.  It’s dark. It’s the most important show you’ll see next year.

Yes, we know it is controversial and will get some people upset. We can’t even get the Chicago Tribune to print the full title.  So we need you to DONATE NOW to help us make this production as good as it can be, and reach as wide an audience as possible.

Angry Fags is a play about doing whatever it takes to win. It’s a battle-cry and a cautionary tale; it’s Oscar Wilde-meets-Tarantino! It’s about being in the trenches, about continuing to push forward and fight. Angry Fags does not want to wait while it gets better. Angry Fags wants to MAKE IT BETTER NOW. We are excited for the opportunity to perform as part of Steppenwolf Theatre
Company’s Garage Rep. But that means we have over twice as many seats to fill as we have had for any of our other shows this year, which means we need additional marketing dollars to reach audiences outside of our regular base. Your donation today means we can not only reach people through social media, but with direct mail pieces to their homes. Your support helps us spread the work to non-gay media outlets that will enable us engage with audiences outside of our regular base.

We also need costumes and props for the actors including ‘Designing Women’ shoulder pads, ‘ Steel Magnolia’ hair supplies, cherry flavored stage blood, bathhouse towels, glitter-bombs, pistachios, red wine, Tequila sunrises, tazers, tiny cupcakes, cans of paint and a baseball bat. The show features a video wall of original and archival footage. It is a big project.

Please DONATE now!

Chicago’s Cross Dressing Reindeer!

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CHICAGO’S FAVORITE CROSS DRESSING

                                                          REINDEER IS HOTTER THEN EVER AFTER 17 YEARS.

Break out your high heels and fishnets this holiday because Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, David Cerda’s beloved parody of the classic children’s television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now celebrating its 17th year, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is the longest running holiday show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and quite possibly THE WORLD.

Santa is depressed. Nobody believes in him anymore and he doesn’t even believe in himself.  Downsizing has taken its toll on the remaining elves. The North Pole morale and morals are at an all-time low and Mrs. Claus (Ed Jones) and her drinking have reached the point of no return.

When Tom and Jane Donner welcome the arrival of their new son, Rudolph, they are horrified to discover their new son’s predilection for women’s clothing and do all they can to stop him from being himself forcing Rudolph to run away from home. Can Rudolph, the North Pole’s biggest misfit elf, Herbie (Chad), and Yukon Cornelia (Lori Lee, returning for her 10th year!), the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret —accidentally save Christmas?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year… you definitely want to catch the show that Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) dubbed “an ideal holiday escape for anyone who detests the commercialism of traditional Christmas shows”. And remember… “Being Normal Isn’t Normal At All!”

 

Where: Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.

Runs: Thurs. – Sun. until Jan. 2

ShowTime’s: 3:30pm (Dec. 13, 20, 21) &7:30

Add’l shows: Dec. 22, 23    No Show: Dec. 7, 25

Admission: $16- $25 VIP Tickets– $35-$110 Group Rates– $16 w/10 or more tickets

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online

Chicago Holiday Theatre Productions

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Winter Memories and

It’s A Fabulous Life

Bookend the Holiday Season

at Pride Films and Plays!

 

Pride Films and Plays celebrates the Holiday Season with two events that bookend this festive frenzy.  Winter Memories is a cabaret slated for Monday December 1 at Twisted Vine.

And It’s a Fabulous Life is a hilarious spoof scheduled for Tuesday, December 30 at Mary’s Attic.

 

Winter Memories is a showcase that will feature some of the best and brightest of Chicago’s LGBT talent and allies, with musical accompaniment by Justin Harner and Robert Ollis and performers including PFP’s ensemble members Kevin Webb, Libby Lane, Sam Button-Harrison, Jude Hansen and Donterrio Johnson as well as special guest performances by the Burlesque beauty Po’ Chop and story telling by Rose Freeman. The evening begins at 7:00pm at Twisted Vine, 3530 N Halsted, an intimate cabaret in the heart of Boystown. PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Jordan Phelps is the creative director for the evening. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Food is available from the Twisted Vine menu, and there is cash bar available. Each ticket holder gets entered in a drawing for holiday door prizes and will be warmed with a cup of cocoa. Tickets are available at Brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 1 800 838 3006.

 

In It’s a Fabulous Life we meet Bobby, a gay man who feels like he doesn’t fit into any of the ‘The Twelve Gays of Christmas’ stereotypes.  After he wishes on the memory of Judy Garland to be straight, the Ghost of Christmas Sass visits him and grants his wish. In a series of sketches, we journey with him through an evening which concludes with hilarious mayhem. PFP Artistic Associates Kris Hyland and Alexa Ray Meyer are the creative team behind this project. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats (which includes one drink ticket) and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1 800 838 3006. This show is free to PFP subscribers. The show is at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark, Chicago.

 

 

About Pride Films and Plays

Founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays is a leading player in the development of GLBT plays and musicals, screenplays and films, and has been nominated for 10 Jeff Awards in out first two years. Under A Rainbow Flag won Jeff Awards in 2013 for Best New Work (for Leo Schwartz) and Best Musical, and The Children’s Hour won for Best Supporting Actor (Nora Lise Ulrey) in 2014. Our current season began with the Jeff Recommended Chicago premieres of Some Men by Terrence McNally and Jeff Talbott’s The Submission which runs through November 25 at Apollo Studio Theater.

Other activities this month include the Queer Bits Fall Film Fest on November 10 at Public House Theater in Chicago, and Gay Film Weekend November 14 to 16 at Center On Halsted.

The season will continue with the highly anticipated world premiere of The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz opening on January 17 at Mary’s Attic. It will be a followed by Topher Payne’s comedy Angry Fags opens March 8 as part of Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep.

For more information visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

Follow PFP on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram
See the PFP events calendar here.

Make a donation in support of our Pride Films and Plays here.

Sign up for the Pride Films and Plays email list here.

The Submission October 12 to November 25 at Apollo Studio, 2540 N Lincoln
Queer Bits Fall Film Fest November 10 at Public House Theater, 3914 N Clark
Gay Film Weekend November 14 to 16 at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted
Winter Memories, December 1 at Twisted Vine
It’s A Fabulous Life, December 30 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark
The Book of Merman January 15 to February 15 at Marys’ Attic, 5400 N Clark

Angry Fags at Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep, Spring 2015

Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Returns

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Break out your high heels and fishnets

this holiday because Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, David Cerda’s beloved parody of the classic children’s television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now celebrating its 17th year, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is the longest running holiday show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and quite possibly THE WORLD.

 

Santa (Michael Hampton) is depressed. Nobody believes in him anymore and he doesn’t even believe in himself.  Downsizing has taken its toll on the remaining elves. The North Pole morale and morals are at an all-time low and Mrs. Claus (Ed Jones) and her drinking have reached the point of no return.

 

When Tom and Jane Donner welcome the arrival of their new son, Rudolph, they are horrified to discover their new son’s predilection for women’s clothing and do all they can to stop him from being himself forcing Rudolph to run away from home. Can Rudolph, the North Pole’s biggest misfit elf, Herbie (Chad), and Yukon Cornelia (Lori Lee, returning for her 10th year!), the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -accidentally save Christmas?

 

“For me, Rudolph is first kid’s story that encourages you to “just be yourself,” says Artistic Director and playwright David Cerda. “It’s a tale about MISFITS, and I could totally relate to Rudolph and his pain” says Cerda. “There were no anti bullying- campaigns when I was growing up. In my day, if you were picked on in your parents usually told you to stop whining and fight. I’m glad things are finally changing for kids.”

 

This year brings Handbag a new Rudolph, Grant Drager along with puppets by Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh plus additional new cast members, Caitlin Jackson, Kirk Jackson, Shiv Mann, Lizzie Schwarzrock as Clarice, Rudolph’s love interest and Jamie Smith as Sam the Snowman.

 

Also returning to the show are Barbara Figgins, Terry McCarthy, David Cerda,and of course Ed Jones as the Dragbeast.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year… you definitely want to catch the show that Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) dubbed “an ideal holiday escape for anyone who detests the commercialism of traditional Christmas shows”. And remember… “Being Normal Isn’t Normal At All!”

 

 

Where: Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.

Previews: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29, 30 Dec. 4

Runs: Thurs. – Sun. until Jan. 2

Showtimes: 3:30pm (Dec. 13, 20, 21) &7:30

Add’l shows: Dec. 22, 23    No Show: Dec. 7, 25

Admission: $16- $25 VIP Tickets- $35-$110 Group Rates- $16 w/10 or more tickets

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online http://rudolphtheredhosed.bpt.me